This national study explores with mental health service users what models they feel underpin current thinking in mental health policy and practice.

This national study explores with mental health service users what models they feel underpin current thinking in mental health policy and practice. It asks what effects these models may have, and looks at what models service users think might be helpful. It found that

Most service users believe that a medical model based on deficit and pathology still dominates public and professional understanding of mental health issues, shaping attitudes and policy.
The idea of a social model of madness and distress, following the format of the social model of disability, met mixed views.
The labelling and stigma following from a medical model of mental illness are major barriers for mental health service users. Service users see social approaches to mental health issues as much more helpful.

Towards a social model of madness and distress? Exploring what service users say (PDF)