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

The Continuing Education Course on Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2017 at 9:01 0 Comments

This series of seven webinars will feature presentations by people with “expertise by lived experience,” psychiatrists, and other professionals. The educational purpose of the series is to present information and insights that arise:

  • from users’ experiences and their efforts to support others who want to taper from their psychiatric medications; research on drug withdrawal
  • the clinical experience of psychiatrists and other professionals who have supported patients…
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Stress, mental wellbeing and the health, social care and education workforce

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2017 at 13:00 2 Comments

Recently updated resource sheet is available HERE

Please let me know if you have links to add. 

Three short films about depression.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2017 at 8:58 0 Comments

Linda Gask is the author of The Other Side of Silence: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir of Depression - an 'amazing story of both sides of mental health – the sufferer and the professional- and just how thin that wall actually is' (Annie Watkinson).

Video producer …

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Developing a National Forum for Trainee / Qualified Psychologists with Lived Experience of Psychological Distress

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 20:30 0 Comments

Natalie Kemp is setting up this forum.  See HERE for further details. 

Graduate Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace - new report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 13:30 0 Comments

On this World Mental Health Day - 10th of October 2017 - Student Minds have published the first ever report to uncover the wellbeing of young graduates making the transition from university into the workforce.



The report, based off a survey delivered with colleagues at King’s College London and The City Mental Health Alliance, summarises findings from a large survey of over 300 recent graduates, and considers university preparation for the…

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Not by degrees: improving student mental health in the UK's Universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 12:48 0 Comments

Across the UK, there is a growing appreciation that mental health matters. For individuals, it can affect their ability to learn, earn, form strong and meaningful relationships, and live long and healthy lives. For government, it can affect productivity, demand for public services and levels of expenditure on out-of-work benefits. But as awareness of the importance of maintaining positive mental health continues to grow, and stigma relating to mental illness is slowly chipped away, other…

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The Positive and Mindful University - new report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 12:43 0 Comments

'This report proposes a new way forward for higher education in addressing the problems of mental health among students as well as staff, and helping them achieve higher levels of fulfilment. More than 400,000 staff and 2.2 million students are engaged in higher education in the United Kingdom.

The pamphlet celebrates the diverse and remarkable work that is taking place at British universities. Much of this work is tilted towards offering support once problems have begun to manifest…

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International Journal for Students as Partners - latest issue

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 8, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

The second issue of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is available HERE

The journal, which is hosted by McMaster University Library Press, is co-edited by students and staff/ faculty from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.

In Issue 2 you will find an editorial, 2 opinion pieces on emotion and partnership, 4 research articles, 3 reflective essays, 3 case…

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Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2017 at 12:57 0 Comments

The Terms of Reference for the review have been published and can be read HERE.  The review is due to report in Autumn 2018.  Its stated aims are to 'help government create a forward-looking plan of changes to legislation and practice, resulting in an enduring legacy of mental health support.'

Exploring Experience: Bringing Authentic Voices to Mental Health Teaching

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 4, 2017 at 21:30 0 Comments

'Exploring Experience has been developed to create an accessible and manageable resource to support teaching and study in the field of mental health and distress. Six contributors with experiences of significant distress ("Experts by Experience", or EBE) were recruited through an open strategy, and were paid* to prepare the materials on this site. We have collated 35 videos of around ten minutes each, all recording self-edited responses to open questions…

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