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

Medical Education - Mythology Special Issue

Posted by Jill Anderson on December 12, 2017 at 16:41 0 Comments

Myths and legends exist in every culture. Typically, they are so commonly believed that they are not noticed or questioned by most people within the culture. Even in this day and age of “evidence-based education” many myths survive through assumption, authority, or poorly grounded claims that the evidence says ‘such and such’.

In an effort to shed light on broadly held views that deserve closer scrutiny, if not outright abandonment, Medical Education is planning a…
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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…
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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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