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  • Mindfulness and Higher Education

    9 members Latest Activity: Jan 18, 2019

    This group is for anyone interested in exploring issues relating to mindfulness approaches and their use in learning and teaching about mental…

  • Newly Qualified Workers.

    5 members Latest Activity: Nov 27, 2017

    This group is for Newly Qualified Workers working within Mental Health to share resources and ideas.

  • Arts and Mental health

    3 members Latest Activity: May 19, 2017

    A forum for everyone interested in learning, research and teaching around the relationship between creativity and mental health and wellbeing.

  • MY MAD SPACE

    19 members Latest Activity: May 19, 2017

    I would like this to be a space for anyone who is using their lived experience of mental distress in teaching and learning - or would like to!! -…

  • Book Club

    13 members Latest Activity: May 19, 2017

    This is a group for members who want to suggest , recommend or review books they are currently reading in the mental health field.

  • Distress or Disability?

    13 members Latest Activity: May 19, 2017

    This group has been set up to take forward discussion from the event held at Lancaster University on 15-16 November 2011.

  • Involving service users with dementia or learning disability

    10 members Latest Activity: May 26, 2013 A place to share ideas on involving people with cognitive difficulties (eg dementia, learning disability) in research, education or practice…

  • mhhe new lecturers

    11 members Latest Activity: May 19, 2017 This group is for all who consider themselves new to teaching about mental health within a higher education context and wish to network with others…

  • mhhe forum

    10 members Latest Activity: May 19, 2017

    For all involved in learning and teaching about mental health.  Provides biannual opportunities for people to meet face to face. An evolution of…

  • mhhe students

    12 members Latest Activity: May 19, 2017 This group is for anyone engaged in learning about mental health - across all disciplines.  Use it to share ideas and resources and pose questions.

  • AMHP programme leads

    3 members Latest Activity: Mar 15, 2016

    This is a group for those of us who are responsible for AMHP programmes.  It is intended to provide a space to exchange ideas and experiences…

  • Critical friends

    3 members Latest Activity: Apr 9, 2013

    This is a group for anyone writing who wants to be able to give and receive feedback.

  • Social work and mental health

    24 members Latest Activity: Dec 8, 2013 This group is for all with an interest in learning and teaching about mental health within social work programmes (pre- and post qualifying) and in…

Blog Posts

Unlearning through Mad Studies: disruptive pedagogical praxis

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2020 at 19:00 0 Comments

Medical discourse currently dominates as the defining framework for madness in educational praxis. Consequently, ideas rooted in a mental health/illness binary abound in higher learning, as both curriculum content and through institutional procedures that reinforce structures of normalcy. While madness, then, is included in university spaces, this inclusion proceeds in ways that continue to pathologize madness and disenfranchise mad people.

This paper offers Mad…

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Stepchange: mentally healthy universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:48 0 Comments

Earlier this year, UUK published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff by taking a whole university approach to mental health.

The Stepchange approach and shared set of principles inform the …

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Think Ahead gets funding to boost its intake.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:41 0 Comments

Fast-track mental health social work provider Think Ahead will expand its intake by 60% from next year following a government funding boost of at least £18m.

The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a contract with Think Ahead to increase the number of trainees for its 2021 and 2022 cohorts from 100 to 160, with…

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Transforming Mental Health Social Work videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:39 0 Comments

Health Education England has commissioned 11 videos centered on real-life experience of specialists in the social work field.

See the video playlist.

Transforming mental health social work - conference report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:37 0 Comments

In February 2020 Health Education England and Skills for Care put on two major conferences about the role and development of mental health social work. 

Download the conference report.

Leadership in mental health social work - web pages

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:33 0 Comments

A section of the Skills for Care website has been developed for mental health social workers and AMHPs

View the web pages here.

Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: a scoping review protocol

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:29 0 Comments

Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of this open access scoping review is to examine literature on social work education and training in mental health, addictions and…

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Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:25 0 Comments

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, a new Nuffield Trust report discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so.

Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some  key findings.

Laying foundations: Attitudes and access to mental health nurse education

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:00 0 Comments

Laying foundations: Attitudes and access to mental health nurse education

Mental health nursing is a vital and varied profession, accounting for over a third of the mental health workforce in England. Yet the numbers choosing to study to join the profession are…

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