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We interview three practitioners working in adult mental health and discover the familiar challenges they face and what continues to motivate them

What made you decide to work as an AMHP?

The role of an AMHP is unique, and I consider myself to be extremely privileged to be able to work within a legal framework, which requires professionals to utilise the least restrictive options available to them whilst supporting individuals who present to services. 

As an AMHP, I experience situations across the continuum; from crisis work to supporting and maintaining recovery. As such, your skills are proactively and reactively employed across every stratum.

What are the specific challenges of making sure people stay well in the community?

The role requires you to be confident and competent in interpreting legislation in order to take positive risk safely. Establishing and maintaining effective multi-agency partnerships supports this role. However, it feels good to be able to make an independent decision which may differ from the collective, however scary this might be!

How have you incorporated Asset Based Community Development into your work?

Understanding the social care landscape enables AMHPs to signpost individuals to non-statutory services. This can often reduce social stigma and promote autonomy. 

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