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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
Bill Penson liked Jill Anderson's blog post 'Illness' by Havi Carel
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

Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…


Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…


Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…


Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…


The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…


Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…


Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…


Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…

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