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"To promote health and wellbeing in caring professions"
Feb 3
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Mar 8, 2016
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Nov 1, 2014
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The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimatedAfter Mike Bush experienced a mental breakdown while working as a social worker he looked to improve support for professionals' wellbeingMay 16, 2014 in Mental HealthYour SayCredit:…See More
May 22, 2014
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May 13, 2014
Mike Bush posted a blog post

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

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 his…See More
Mar 30, 2014
Mike Bush posted a blog post

How to look after yourself: our professional resilience debate

How to look after yourself: our professional resilience debateOn 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 social workers, the debate was…See More
Mar 28, 2014
Mike Bush commented on Michelle Robinson's blog post Mental health care cuts.... AGAIN!
"Strongly agree with your comments the problem is this Government just don't care!"
Mar 15, 2014
Mike Bush liked Michelle Robinson's blog post Mental health care cuts.... AGAIN!
Mar 15, 2014
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Mar 15, 2014
Jill Anderson liked Mike Bush's blog post Missed the professional resilience debate?
Dec 24, 2013
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Missed the professional resilience debate?

Martin Seager, Jill Anderson and I were panel members in this recent debate held by the TCSW I think this was a mega important and extremely useful discussion, this came about because I recently instigated the setting up of a community of interest on the TCSW website on Looking After Ourselves.   See also links to related work regarding research into stress in Mental Health Social Work with interesting and deeply  concerning findings.Please note intro below from the College to this…See More
Dec 22, 2013
Bill Penson liked Mike Bush's event Online discussion TCSW Looking After Ourselves
Dec 5, 2013
Jill Anderson liked Mike Bush's event Online discussion TCSW Looking After Ourselves
Dec 5, 2013
Mike Bush posted an event

Online discussion TCSW Looking After Ourselves at TCSW

December 18, 2013 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
On the 18th of December from 12.30 to !.30 pm there will be an online discussion on the importance of "Looking After Ourselves" this will be on the Knowledge Hub which is part of the college of Social Work where I have instigated the establishment of a Community of Interest in Looking After Ourselves Please see links below for details you will need to join the Knowledge Hub which can be accessed via the College of Social Work website : …See More
Dec 5, 2013

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…

You need to be a member of Mental Health in Higher Education Hub to add comments!

Join Mental Health in Higher Education Hub

 
 
 

Blog Posts

CAIPE twitter chat on service user and carer involvement in IPE

Posted by Jill Anderson on August 14, 2017 at 16:46 0 Comments

The Centre for Advancement of Interprofessional Education has scheduled a twitter chat on 24th August from 7-8pm (UK time).

The following questions will be posted during the twitter chat hour.

1.      What are your experiences of learning from patients, service users and carers in IPE?  What did you learn from them?

2.      How much power should service users have in IPE?

3.      What role, if any, do service users have to play in IPE post qualification?

4.      If…

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How human givens differs from other therapy approaches

Posted by gemma chapman on August 14, 2017 at 16:20 0 Comments

How human givens differs from other therapy approaches

People often ask how the human givens (HG) approach differs from other therapeutic approaches. Indeed, we were asked by the Professional Standards Authority when the HGI register was being assessed for accreditation. This is what we told…

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Nature and wellbeing - links

Posted by Jill Anderson on August 14, 2017 at 8:29 0 Comments

Following the CCrAMHP meeting in Lancaster on 11 August, we created a collection of links on nature and wellbeing.  Many of these relate to the local area but there are some more general links as well, so am posting the URL in case of interest. 

View the collection here.

Mind Our Minds - a learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on August 7, 2017 at 15:30 0 Comments

Mind Our Minds aims to make sure UK citizens are provided with mental health services that give everyone that uses them a good quality service when they need them.

They have produced some 'patient opinions' which may be of use in informing learning and teaching, and would welcome feedback.  See here: …

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Surviving Work in Healthcare: helpful stuff for people on the frontline

Posted by Jill Anderson on August 7, 2017 at 10:54 0 Comments

The book takes as its starting point the crisis of healthcare in the UK: impossible health targets managed through command and control management and a stomach-churning rise in racism, whistleblowing and victimisation in the NHS. The use of nationally set productivity targets combined with austerity cuts have increasingly put clinical best-practice into direct conflict with funding. Health targets have become politically controlled, and performance has become a cynical exercise in ticking…

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A drop of sunshine

Posted by Jill Anderson on August 6, 2017 at 9:00 0 Comments

Published on 8 Oct 2014 'this film takes a controversial and contrarian view towards recovery from schizophrenia, proposing that the only treatment that can work is one where the so-called ‘patient’ is encouraged and empowered to become an equal partner in the process of healing'. Directed by Aparna Sanyal.

VIEW THE FILM

A useful teaching resource?  Respond in comments below if you have used it.

Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health: Service users' perspectives

Posted by Jill Anderson on August 2, 2017 at 9:43 0 Comments

This book weaves together service users' lived experiences of mental health recovery and ideas about how creative activities such as art, music, and creative reading and writing can promote it, particularly within social and community settings.

Find out more.

Two books about depression

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2017 at 22:06 0 Comments

Ordinarily well: the case for antidepressants

In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about the popular medications. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients' dilemmas with an…

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Reflecting on Threshold Concepts: an introductory tool

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 26, 2017 at 21:00 0 Comments

Threshold concepts are ideas or ways of looking at things that enable a deep grasp of something in the world; the phrase ‘threshold’ signifies the crossing that a learner is enable to make between superficial knowledge and a deeper and irreversible understanding. The Threshold concepts introductory tool is for anyone wishing to understand and apply a cluster of ideas around threshold concepts and the learning that occurs when students encounter troublesome ideas that transform their…

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