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Bill Penson commented on Jill Anderson's blog post 'Illness' by Havi Carel
"Sounds very interesting- wish I'd been there, sounds like there's some cross over with the disability and distress work"
May 15, 2014
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May 15, 2014
Bill Penson liked Jill Anderson's blog post Think ahead: meeting the workforce challenges in mental health social work
May 15, 2014
Bill Penson commented on Jill Anderson's blog post The art of medicine: taking a narrative turn in psychiatry
"It's worth taking a look at Bradley Lewis' Post Postpsychiatry' text form 2006- its a great journey through an enagement with both critical perspectives and the bridge with humanties based approaches. It ends with a very convincing…"
Feb 28, 2014
Bill Penson posted a status
"I've added a review to the Group- Book Club for Darian Leader's 'What is Madness?' Look at Book Club in groups to view,comment & add."
Feb 28, 2014
Bill Penson liked Jill Anderson's blog post Threshold Concepts: from personal practice to communities of practice
Feb 27, 2014
Bill Penson commented on Jill Anderson's blog post Bridging the Gap: a health inequalities teaching resource
"This looks great! B"
Jan 21, 2014
Bill Penson liked Jill Anderson's blog post Alternative Psychiatric Narratives: Call for Papers
Jan 3, 2014
Jill Anderson left a comment for Bill Penson
"Hi Bill.   I've started a thread on the mhhe forum re research. As you know, the forum isn't much used yet, but am hoping to develop it. It's here:…"
Dec 10, 2013
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"A new blog box!makes adding remarks, blogs, mini essays, polemics easier!"
Dec 10, 2013
Bill Penson liked Jill Anderson's blog post Co-production in social care: What it is and how to do it
Dec 6, 2013
Bill Penson liked Mike Bush's event Online discussion TCSW Looking After Ourselves
Dec 5, 2013
Bill Penson commented on Jill Anderson's blog post Social Care Jargon Buster
"This is great- very helpful to anyone reeling from the array of terms that get used in service provison."
Dec 5, 2013
Bill Penson liked Jill Anderson's blog post Social Care Jargon Buster
Dec 5, 2013
Bill Penson commented on Jill Anderson's blog post How do you measure patient/carer involvement in HEI’s and what is success?
"Responded! Some interesting items via the comments link.  "
Dec 4, 2013
Bill Penson liked Jill Anderson's blog post How do you measure patient/carer involvement in HEI’s and what is success?
Dec 4, 2013

Profile Information

Location (town and country)
UCLAN/Leeds Met
Mental Health
Job title
PhD Student/associate lecturer
Areas of interest and expertise
disability, psychosis, humanities

Bill Penson's Blog

DE in the Midlands

Posted on August 19, 2013 at 14:14 1 Comment

I was quite surprised to read this piece at the end of last week, and even more surprised to see very little traffic on twitter, and the like, about it. DE, a man with learning disabilities, will be sterilised without his consent- fair measures can be taken to make this happen. While the full story is likely to be complex, it seems no-one was really disagreeing with the need for this to happen, and DE didn't want to have any more children. Presumbaly he didn't want to be operated on though,…


Free conference in York on 'chronic conditions'

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 7:00 0 Comments

See here for the conference details. I'm starting to notice the word 'chronic' creep in ....

Interesting web link- arts, dementia and ageing

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 19:51 0 Comments

Really interesting work on ageing, dementia and dsm.

Comment Wall (14 comments)

At 12:54 on October 28, 2011, Kate Karban said…

Hello there,

Good to see you last week and I am now finally able to access this propoerly.

HOpe to see you again soon.

Best wishes


At 9:26 on October 12, 2012, Elizabeth Roxburgh said…

Hi Bill, Thanks for your message. I just came across it whilst searches for mental health resources. Best wishes, Liz

At 17:09 on November 24, 2012, Terry Simpson said…

Hi Bill, not sure when I first heard about MHHE - think I met Jill Anderson somewhere? Anyway it became very useful to me when I took on a job for Leeds Mind (originally for YHIP) writing a monthly e-bulletin about Employment & Learning Skills in Yorks & Humber, and I was getting a regular mailing. Then I lost contact when I changed my e-mail address after a bad case of hacking! So when my friend and colleague Mike Bush sent me a link to this site I thought it would be a way to renew contact.

Not sure if we've met? You don't look familiar but my memory's shocking! I haven't had a lot to do with the Metropolitan - although it's very implicated in my own mental health story since I had my first 'breakdown' there when a student in 1975! Maybe that's why I've avoided it! My work's mainly been in advocacy and involvement, though I wrote a couple of plays about mental health which were used as course materials by the OU, and the creative side of things has always been my ambition.

Good to be in contact, Terry

At 11:51 on December 9, 2012, Janie Greville said…

Hi Bill,

Thanks for your welcome message, makes a real difference - as in, it makes membership active and warming which I really appreciate. I've been in the email loop via Jill for about three years now and only realised I wasn't a member of the site the other day - or rather - didn't even think about membership issues either way. It's good to find another space in which I might express my ideas and values in re mental health

So - thanks.

Festive Wishes,


At 10:38 on January 14, 2013, Clare Dolman said…
Many thanks for your welcome message Bill. I look forward to getting involved.

All the best

At 23:08 on January 14, 2013, julie gosling said…
Heyyy Bill - please excuse me if you get this twice - I'm still learning - thank you for your warm greeting - it makes a real difference! - yes I'm hooking up with my usual suspects and a few unusual ones to boot - I look forward to some active networking - my kind regards - Julie
At 22:33 on January 21, 2013, Clare Kell said…

Thank you for the message Bill! Yes I lead our PgCHE programme and we are trying to help participants think about the inclusion agenda from the widest possible angles. So the mhhe is a useful resource for us to flag for staff right across the University. Best wishes, Clare.

At 16:01 on February 3, 2013, julie gosling said…
thank you bill for your lovely friendship and sharing
At 16:05 on February 5, 2013, Trevor James Kettle said…

Thanks for the welcome Bill, thats much appreciated.

Best wishes,



At 15:26 on March 7, 2013, Caroline said…

Hi Bill, Sorry for not replying sooner, however I have had a rather busy week and I have not had a chance to even open my laptop. Thanks for your message, I am finding the hub a source of lots of great information!

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Blog Posts

Academic Ableism: Disability and higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of…

Drayton Park women's crisis house - interview with Shirley McNicholas

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 16:21 0 Comments

Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke.…


Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 0 Comments

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Oppressed majority - film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 0 Comments

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 0 Comments

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…


Croatia: out of institutions, into the world

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

More than 8,200 people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in Croatia remain in segregated institutions and psychiatric hospitals with little control over decisions that affect their lives, Human Rights Watch said. While the Croatian government has made some progress in protecting the rights of people with disabilities, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living arrangements has been limited and slow. In a video released by Human Rights Watch,…


1000 conversations: speaking out on mental health

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:34 0 Comments

Stories of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties - shared on the Centre for Mental Health website. 

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Quality in Undergraduate Education: How Powerful Knowledge Disrupts Inequality

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

Globally, the appetite for higher education is great, but what do students and societies gain? Quality in Undergraduate Education foregrounds the importance of knowledge acquisition at university. Many argue that university education is no longer a public good due to the costs incurred by students who are then motivated by the promise of lucrative employment rather than by studying a discipline for its own sake. McLean, Abbas and Ashwin, however, reveal a…


International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:55 0 Comments

'The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) was created to respond to a glaring need in mental health: to develop ways for helping people withdraw from psychiatric drugs.

Mental health has failed to provide support to people who want to reduce or withdraw from their psychiatric drugs. Often, people are simply told it is a bad idea, and thus are left to try to reduce or withdraw without the support they need.

Indeed, psychiatric drugs have been…


Life of the Mind Interrupted: essays on mental health and disability in higher education

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:43 0 Comments

The essays in this book cover topics such as disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. Written for a popular audience, for those with disabilities and for those who want to learn more about living a disabled life, Life of the Mind Interrupted aims to make higher education, and the rest of our society, more humane.…


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