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Launch of Mad In Asia - online platform

Mad in Asia is an online platform whose primary mission is to contribute to changing the narrative about madness and mental distress.

Mad in Asia hopes to showcase narratives that are contextually relevant for the Asia region that focus on the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities as well as challenge the dominance of western biomedical psychiatry and clinical psychology. Led by persons with psychosocial disabilities from Asian countries and in collaboration with…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:14 — No Comments

Community Open Online Courses (COOCs)

Community Open Online Courses (COOCs) are an opportunity for people to share their passions, ideas and knowledge with each other.  What learning is created is down to you, the users.  Learning is most enjoyable when it is taught by those with enthusiasm and a desire to share what they know.  The word ‘courses’ is loosely used, there are no exams, no tests, no qualifications required.  The aim is to get people from all parts of the community to generate learning opportunities and to share…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:08 — No Comments

The Angry Consumer - embracing difficult conversations

This is a great new blog post by Nev Jones. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 10, 2018 at 10:54 — No Comments

User involvement in social work education - IRISS case studies

There are five recent case studies on the IRISS website: 

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 10, 2018 at 10:50 — No Comments

Assessment for Social Justice: perspectives and practices within higher education - new book

Assessment for Social Justice: perspectives and practices within higher education, by Jan McArthur, looks at assessment in HE through the lenses of critical pedagogy and social justice, and offers new insights to both fields of enquiry. …

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 1, 2018 at 19:05 — No Comments

Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services - new book

This new book, by Noël Hunter, represents a critical exploration of the mental health system as it pertains to individuals experiencing 'madness'

trauma and madness

Is written entirely from the perspective of people with lived experience

Offers resources and directions for the future, as recommended by people with the experiences in consideration.

Find out…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 30, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Social policy first hand An international introduction to participatory social welfare

Social policy is often constructed and implemented by people who have little experience of its impact as a service user, but there has been a growing interest in greater public, patient and service user involvement in social policy as both political activity and academic discipline.

Social…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Mad Studies webinar series

This series of eight online webinars will introduce participants to mad studies, an emerging, interdisciplinary field encompassing a variety of philosophical, social, and cultural perspectives on what we consider "madness." As a discipline, mad studies seeks to challenge dominant understandings of "mental illness," rejecting the notion that the biomedical model of psychiatry is an accurate interpretation of human mental and emotional states. Mad studies offers a variety of alternative…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 13:59 — No Comments

Paying people who receive benefits - coproduction and participation.

This At a glance briefing, from SCIE, looks at benefit changes that can make it easier for people who use services and carers to get involved in paid co-production/ participation in health and social care. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 13:55 — No Comments

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

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

Added by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 — No Comments

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

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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Added by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 — No Comments

Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

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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Added by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments

Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

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

Applied Sociology curriculum launched

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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Added by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 — No Comments

The Rosamund Snow Prize

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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Added by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

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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Added by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 — No Comments

Asylum 25.2 - out now!

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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Added by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 — No Comments

Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

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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Added by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 — No Comments

Building critical bridges - Call for papers

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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Added by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

Action Research - a guide for associate lecturers

This booklet is part of the Practical Pedagogy series from the Centre for Outcomes-Based Education. The series aims to promote good practice and offer practical advice in learning, teaching and curriculum development.

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 24, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

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Launch of Mad In Asia - online platform

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:14 0 Comments

Mad in Asia is an online platform whose primary mission is to contribute to changing the narrative about madness and mental distress.

Mad in Asia hopes to showcase narratives that are contextually relevant for the Asia region that focus on the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities as well as challenge the dominance of western biomedical psychiatry and clinical psychology. Led by persons with psychosocial disabilities from Asian countries and in collaboration with…

Continue

Community Open Online Courses (COOCs)

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:08 0 Comments

Community Open Online Courses (COOCs) are an opportunity for people to share their passions, ideas and knowledge with each other.  What learning is created is down to you, the users.  Learning is most enjoyable when it is taught by those with enthusiasm and a desire to share what they know.  The word ‘courses’ is loosely used, there are no exams, no tests, no qualifications required.  The aim is to get people from all parts of the community to generate learning opportunities and to share…

Continue

The Angry Consumer - embracing difficult conversations

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 10, 2018 at 10:54 0 Comments

This is a great new blog post by Nev Jones. 

Download here.

Assessment for Social Justice: perspectives and practices within higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 1, 2018 at 19:05 0 Comments

Assessment for Social Justice: perspectives and practices within higher education, by Jan McArthur, looks at assessment in HE through the lenses of critical pedagogy and social justice, and offers new insights to both fields of enquiry. …

Continue

Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 30, 2018 at 10:30 0 Comments

This new book, by Noël Hunter, represents a critical exploration of the mental health system as it pertains to individuals experiencing 'madness'

trauma and madness

Is written entirely from the perspective of people with lived experience

Offers resources and directions for the future, as recommended by people with the experiences in consideration.

Find out…

Continue

Social policy first hand An international introduction to participatory social welfare

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2018 at 14:30 0 Comments

Social policy is often constructed and implemented by people who have little experience of its impact as a service user, but there has been a growing interest in greater public, patient and service user involvement in social policy as both political activity and academic discipline.

Social…

Continue

Mad Studies webinar series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 13:59 0 Comments

This series of eight online webinars will introduce participants to mad studies, an emerging, interdisciplinary field encompassing a variety of philosophical, social, and cultural perspectives on what we consider "madness." As a discipline, mad studies seeks to challenge dominant understandings of "mental illness," rejecting the notion that the biomedical model of psychiatry is an accurate interpretation of human mental and emotional states. Mad studies offers a variety of alternative…

Continue

Paying people who receive benefits - coproduction and participation.

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 13:55 0 Comments

This At a glance briefing, from SCIE, looks at benefit changes that can make it easier for people who use services and carers to get involved in paid co-production/ participation in health and social care. 

View the briefing.

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.

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