“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry. But why on earth should that mean it isn’t real?” Albus Dumbledore
Unlike physical health difficulties, typical mental health problems occur in the mind and are not ‘visible’. This does not mean that an individual’s experience of mental health challenges are not ‘real’. Whether someone is struggling with social anxiety or psychotic hallucinations, whatever they experience feels very real to them, at that time.
Modern approaches to mental health strive to promote ‘person centred care’. This is a way of thinking and doing things that sees the people using health and social services as equal partners in planning, developing and monitoring care to make sure it meets their needs. This means putting people and their families at the centre of decisions and seeing them as experts, working alongside professionals to get the best outcome.
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