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Delivering training with a colleague: How to make co-training work

09 June 2014

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Co-training can be an excellent experience for students and trainers alike, and can support increased learning. This article considers how co-training can be used in...

Service users and their animals: considerations for mental health professionals

09 April 2015

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Animals feature in many service users’ lives and can be significant factors in their wellbeing and recovery, but relationships with animals can also increase risks...

Tick-box exercise

07 March 2013

Mental Health Practice


What does the care programme approach (CPA) mean to you? It is a term familiar to staff, service users, carers and relatives. Care co-ordinators bemoan the need to...

Animal hoarding: devastating, complex, and everyone’s concern

12 March 2014

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

Little is understood about animal hoarding, but it is believed to occur in most communities (Patronek 1999). By the nature of its presentation and its association...

Understanding differences between loneliness and social isolation

05 May 2022

Mental Health Practice


The impact of COVID-19 has brought loneliness into increased focus. But the cost of living crisis – the effects of which are yet to be understood fully – is also...

Understanding loneliness and its relationship with mental health issues

11 January 2022

Mental Health Practice


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has brought loneliness and related issues to the forefront of public awareness. Most people will have experienced...

Experiences of bereavement following the death of animals

09 June 2016

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

The human-animal relationship has been much studied over recent years, but little attention has been paid to the effects of the death of animals on people. Grief...

Importance of co-working in family interventions

09 October 2015

Mental Health Practice

Art & Science

For patients experiencing psychosis, family work is an effective and important intervention and it is recognised that two co-workers are needed for interventions to...