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  • mhhe forum

    9 members Latest Activity: Sep 13, 2011

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

  • Newly Qualified Workers.

    3 members Latest Activity: Jan 3, 2016

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

  • Arts and Mental health

    2 members Latest Activity: Aug 19, 2013

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


    18 members Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2014

    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

    12 members Latest Activity: Jun 25, 2015

    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?

    12 members Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2013

    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

    10 members Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2013 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 students

    11 members Latest Activity: Nov 25, 2013 This group is for anyone engaged in learning about mental health - across all disciplines.  Use it to share ideas and resources and pose questions.

  • Wellbeing in Prisons Higher Education Network

    10 members Latest Activity: Jan 29, 2016

    This network is for all with an interest in the wellbeing of prisoners, and how this should feature within curricula for health and social care.…

  • Real World Education? GCU Mindfulness group

    7 members Latest Activity: Jun 9, 2014

    A forum for participants in the Mindfulness programme at Glasgow Caledonian University.

  • Mindfulness and Higher Education

    8 members Latest Activity: Jun 29, 2015

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

  • 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

Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing: spiritual interpretations of symptoms in medical practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 16:15 0 Comments

As human migration brings an ever more diverse range of people, cultures and beliefs into contact, Western medical systems must adapt to cater for the different approaches it encounters towards illness, the body, gender, mental health and death.

Based upon training courses taught by the author to staff at hospitals, mental health professionals, and on degree courses, this complete resource provides an essential foundation for understanding the complex and manifold approaches to…


Socioeconomic factors and mental health: call for contributions

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 15:30 0 Comments

Palgrave Communications is an open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan dedicated to publishing high quality original research across all areas of the humanities and social sciences. Article proposals…


HEA Practice Education Special Interest Group

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:12 0 Comments

Practice Education plays a vital role in providing experiential and work based learning to thousands of health and social care students across the UK. With such an important role in the education of future health and social care professionals the HEA are delighted to announce this inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The aims of the group is to support those educators who are responsible for the design, co-ordination and delivery of practice based education.…


Practice Learning: Formats, Challenges and Solutions across the disciplines - online chat

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:11 0 Comments

Earlier this month the HEA health and social care team hosted the inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The day was focused on the use of practice learning in the development of health and social care professionals. However during the day we exposed a number of universal issues that carry weight in determining the success of education across the disciplines.

So our #HEAchat on Wednesday 26th April 2017 8pmGMT will try to highlight the…


Why did I go Mad? - BBC Horizon programme

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 19:00 0 Comments

For hundreds of years, psychiatry has treated voices and hallucinations as an enemy - regarding them as 'insanity' or 'madness' and seeing them as something to be quashed and even frightened of. But today, new scientific and psychological insights into how the brain works are leading to a radical rethink on what such experiences are - and how they should be treated.

Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and…


Democratising health: service user participation, co-production and advocacy for social justice

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 21, 2017 at 12:48 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Guest Editors

Dr Karen Newbigging (lead)

School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, UK


June Sadd 

Survivor Consultant, Researcher and Trainer 


Dr Tayeb Alhafez 

Medical Officer, Synaptic…


National Co-production week - 3-7 July 2017

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 22:55 0 Comments

Co-production Week will celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.

Co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that that offers people real choice and control.…


Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” - Call for contributions

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 16:50 0 Comments

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” Edited by Robin Alex McDonald

What is depression? … An “imagined sun, bright and black at the same time?” … A “noonday demon?” … A dead fish? In literature, comics, art, and film, we witness new conceptualizations of depression come into being. Unburdened by diagnostic criteria and pharmaceutical concerns, these media employ imagery, narrative, symbolism, and metaphor to forge imaginative, exploratory, and innovative…


Building a new community psychology of mental health: spaces, places, people and activities - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2017 at 12:13 0 Comments

This book provides a much-needed account of informal community-based approaches to working with mental distress. It starts from the premise that contemporary mainstream psychiatry and psychology struggle to capture how distress results from complex embodied arrays of social experiences that are embedded within specific historical, cultural, political and economic settings. The authors challenge mainstream understandings of mental health that position a naive public in need of mental…


Teaching critical approaches to depression and anxiety when you are depressed and anxious - by Jane EM Callaghan

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2017 at 8:30 2 Comments

New blog bost by Jane EM Callaghan: 

"In the many years I have taught mental health, I have always wrestled with a fundamental contradiction. On the one hand, I have a political commitment to an anti-diagnostic, and anti-medicalisation stance. On the other hand, I have struggled life long with anxiety, trauma responses, and depression.

This year, I came to teach my classes on anxiety and depression 9 months into my treatment with duloxetine. This has been a life saving drug for…


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