Mike Bush
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Profile Information

Location (town and country)
Leeds
Institution
Leeds University
Discipline
Social Work and Mental Health
Job title
Mental Health Consultant and Trainer
Areas of interest and expertise
Suicide Prevention. Promoting mental and emotional wellbeing in social care and health staff.
Reason for joining the mhhehub
To learn from others and share insights and understandings.
Website:
Mind and Soul, SWEP

Biography profile - Mike Bush

 

I have worked in the social health care area for over 38 years. My experience has been predominantly in adult services and mental health, mainly working in Community Mental Health Teams as a Mental Health Social Worker. I am a member of the Samaritans National Advisory Group and have done consultancy work for the Samaritans concerning there National Strategy Plan.  I have been an adviser to the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Forum. I am a member of the Dept of Health National Suicide Prevention Strategy Working Party responsible for developing the “Help is at Hand” National Suicide Bereavement Information Pack. I am a member of the Leeds Suicide Prevention Strategy Group and I have written the introduction to this document. I am a member of the All Party Group on Suicide Prevention at the House of Commons.

 

 I have been a speaker at national and regional conferences concerning suicide issues and men’s mental health and have appeared as a panellist on the Radio 4 you and yours concerning mental health issues regarding suicide and stigma. I have also been involved with local radio and television regarding mental health issues.   I have also had papers published on suicide and mental health issues in mental health journals and on websites in Britain and America.

 

Ironically in November 2000 I suffered a major mental breakdown I became about as depressed as a human being can get and was actively suicidal myself. I cannot put into words how much I have learnt as a result of this year of living hell that I experienced. I am heavily involved in a wide range of national and regional mental health organisations and mental health user involvement campaigning groups .My mental health user experience has meant a journey of light years in understanding acute mental distress and it has contributed more than I can say to my perception of mental distress and has greatly informed my practice as a lecturer in mental health work at universities in the Yorkshire area.

 

 

Contact details:

 

Email  crossbear4953@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Bush's Blog

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 17:21 0 Comments

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

After Mike Bush experienced a mental breakdown while working as a social worker he looked to improve support for professionals' wellbeing

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Social workers must employ "everyday small actions of resistance" to revolt against austerity-based poor bashing

Posted on March 30, 2014 at 11:35 0 Comments

Austerity is being deliberately targeted at poorer people who depend on public services, a BASW Cymru World Social Work Day event heard.

University of Wolverhampton academic Graeme Simpson told social workers at Cardiff University that disabled people are being particularly hard hit by service closures and tougher eligibility criteria. He said that councils will be forced to make cuts of nearly 75% by 2018-19, with more than half affecting services and benefits.

Mr Simpson used…

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How to look after yourself: our professional resilience debate

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 4:13 0 Comments

On 6 March TCSW held its second debate on the new Communities of Interest platform, on the topic of professional resilience.

Given the stories that have been published over the last few weeks about stress and burn out in mental health and NHS…

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Comment Wall (10 comments)

At 9:07 on July 21, 2011, Jill Anderson said…
Hi Mike.  Welcome to the mhhe hub!
At 18:48 on August 9, 2011, Jill Anderson said…

That's great Mike. 

 

For anyone interested, here is the link to the Consultation:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Liveconsultations/DH_128065

At 8:19 on October 20, 2011, Gary Morris said…

Hi Mike,

 

Keeping busy as ever (in fact more than busy !).

Hope all is well with you. Let me know when you are around these parts next and I'll get the kettle on.

 

Best wishes

 

Gary

At 9:12 on October 20, 2011, Mike Bush said…

Hello Gary

 

As it happens will be at Leeds Uni on 2/11/11 in the social work dept 10.30 till 12.30 could see you after that if you are ok than look forward to hearing from you.

 

Regards

Mike

At 12:14 on October 20, 2011, Franziska Leers said…

Hello Mike. Thanks for your welcoming post :-)

Sending you best regards from the Berlin autumn!

At 12:53 on October 28, 2011, Kate Karban said…

Hi Mike

It has taken a few days to sort out my access, but looks as if this is now OK.

This looks like a very useful forum.

Thanks for your message.

Best wishes

Kate

At 19:33 on February 3, 2013, julie gosling said…
thank you for your lovely friendship and sharing Mike
At 18:31 on February 8, 2013, Jill Anderson said…

Hi Mike.  I've posted a thread in the Forum on academic wellbeing and included the links to the bundlr collections.  Have a look, and contribute if you feel like it.  Hope we can get some discussion going.  Jill

At 18:32 on February 8, 2013, Jill Anderson said…
At 13:39 on December 2, 2013, Jill Anderson said…

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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.…



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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,…

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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?…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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