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This 5 page paper considers how independence for metal health clients may be promoted with both a practical and theoretical understanding of the situation. Included is consideration of those detained under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act. The bibliography cites 3 sources.
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of their patient and the community, designed to give them a greater control over their lives and to develop independence. Provision was made for this in the National Health Service
and Community Care Act 1990 (Lexis, 2003). There have been subsequent measures taken to support the provision for independent living, such as the publication of Signposts for success. In 1995
the government went on to publish a new document entitled "Signposts to Success" to give greater guidance to healthcare professionals on this strategy. This has become one of the main
reference points for the implementation of care in the community for those with learning disabilities. This is one example, aimed at those with learning disabilities, but it is not
the only document that looks to increase the provision for care in the community for those with mental health challenges or illnesses. Independent for those with a mental health
issue required a higher level of support, in practical terms this requires an holistic approach from medial and social services staff. The right approach will create a long term potential
for greater independent living. The wider implication for community care is also acknowledged as there is recognition of the transition from childhood to adulthood or general maturation processes. In an
institutionalised environment, this can be a difficult transition, yet in a community environment it can be more aligned to the normal maturation processes. This must be an advance over the
older more institutionalised attitudes where individuals with mental illnesses would be hidden away and the lack of understanding of their condition meant that treatment was often not productive to their
recovery and little tohough given to their individual potential. There also need to be the consideration of those with a personality condition,