January 2013 Blog Posts (51)

critical friends group


Would anyone else like the idea of a 'critical friends' group on here for people who are writing? The idea would be that the members could review each others work prior to submission elsewhere? It wouldn't be a lot of work in that only one person would have to view each offering for it to be of use. I for one reach a point with something I'm writing and can't see 'wood for trees' and really value another angle/perspective. If there are some responses I'll create a group for…


Added by Bill Penson on January 31, 2013 at 21:48 — 2 Comments

Nicola Williamson - a journey to recovery

Short film produced by IRISS and East Dunbartonshire Council.  A resource for use in teaching?

View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 30, 2013 at 11:02 — No Comments

Mental Health Act Annual Report 2011/12

Throughout 2011/12, CQC commissioners visited 1,546 wards, of which 811 were unannounced and 95 took place on weekends.  Commissioners spoke to patients and staff, checked care plans and other documents, examined the state of wards and more.  This report, published today, contains their findings.

View the report and summary.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 30, 2013 at 10:54 — No Comments

Adult safeguarding e-learning resource: launched today by SCIE

Adult safeguarding is about looking out for the people around us and protecting them from harm. Anyone can find themselves in a difficult situation where there is a possibility that they might be harmed, but when the situation involves someone who needs extra support – known as ‘an adult at risk’ – the situation becomes critical.

The resource explores the following questions:

  • What is ‘adult safeguarding’ and how does it affect each and every one of…

Added by Jill Anderson on January 29, 2013 at 17:05 — No Comments

Welcome to new members

Just wanted to say how good it is to see the MHHE network group growing.  Its wonderful to be able to welcome new members and there is clearly more and more activity on the website.


Added by Kate Karban on January 29, 2013 at 11:52 — No Comments

Three short films about poverty in the UK

May be useful for teaching.  Made by the brilliant Mosaic Films, who also made Animated Minds.

View three short films about poverty here.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 29, 2013 at 10:44 — No Comments


Does the Internet and social networking sites such as Facebook offer opportunities for WELLBEING and inclusion or alternatively do they fuel addictions and cause loneliness and distress?

Michael Poh on the Hongkiat site offers brief discussions in blogs such as:


7 Telltale Signs Of Facebook Addiction.



Added by julie gosling on January 28, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

HCPC seeks views on criteria for approving Approved Mental Health Professional programmes in England

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is now seeking views from stakeholders as part of a new consultation on draft criteria for approving Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) education programmes in England.

Until its closure last year, the General Social Care Council (GSCC) had statutory responsibility for approving AMHP education programmes in England. The HCPC have now taken on this responsibility.

The criteria under…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2013 at 16:11 — No Comments

HEA conference on social mobility: call for students to participate as jurors

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is inviting students to participate as ‘jurors’ in a major social mobility conference to be held in Manchester on 26 - 27 March 2013.

The two-day conference, ‘What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK?’ will examine the contribution of higher education to improving social mobility in the UK. 

The HEA is looking for 12…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2013 at 10:18 — No Comments

Globalising mental health or pathologising the global south? Call for Papers

Disability and the Global South: An International Journal www.dgsjournal.org

Globalising Mental Health or Pathologising the Global South?…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2013 at 10:13 — No Comments


CREATIVE MALADJUSTMENT WEEK (July 7-July 14, 2013) is only 6 months away! On this national day in celebration of the founder of the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment [IAACM], MindFreedom echoes the famous words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in saying that "the salvation of the world lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted!"…


Added by julie gosling on January 27, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Here at home: a short film about mental health and homelessness

Haunted by visions of his father, Mark thought he’d won the jackpot when he discovered he was going to be housed. But now, safe and secure in his apartment, he’s overwhelmed by a new fear – will he lose his home when the study ends? 

This short film is a chapter from Here At Home, a web documentary about mental health and homelessness that takes us inside the Mental Health Commission of Canada's At Home pilot project.…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 27, 2013 at 17:41 — 1 Comment

interesting website...

 I've been looking at this often (if you sign up you get a regular email update/link);  http://www.disabilityscoop.com/ .  This is a US site and seems mainly geared towards learning disability, autism... which I suppose again just raises how we are working to inherited late nineteenth.early twentieth century nosology/taxonomy.  I would argue that there is so much in shared experience, and in being psychologically othered (which is…


Added by Bill Penson on January 26, 2013 at 17:15 — 1 Comment

Primum non forgetful

This is a film about memory loss in old age. The title of the film ‘Primum non forgetful’ explores part of the Hippocratic Oath when it comes to the medical approach to memory loss. Primum non nocere, as stated by Hippocrates, translates as: first, above all, do no harm. This film, Primum non forgetful, argues that we have lost sight of the range of reasons behind forgetfulness in age.

This film is presented in two parts: the first part explores the current drive and…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Service user and carer involvement in assessment.

See here for an updated version of mhhe's annotated reading list.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice (CCrAMHP) - Lancaster

This group is for all who are passionate about sustaining critical and creative approaches to mental health practice, in situations which can feel constraining. Open to mental health practitioners, students, educators, service users and carers and others with an interest in engaging in discussion and debate, reciprocal learning and support. We meet on the last Monday of the month from 6-8pm at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster. 

Further details:…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 16:59 — No Comments

The Future of Mental Health Services - Call for Evidence

The Mental Health Foundation has launched a major inquiry into the Future of Mental Health Services in the UK.  They want to explore what mental health services might look like in 20 – 30 years’ time. This will involve looking ahead to assess the challenges mental health services may face in the future, and thinking creatively about the ways services can meet these challenges. It is hoped that the findings will help ensure that all mental health services are fit for purpose in the 21st…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Madness Contested: Power and Practice

This book contests how both society and Mental Health Services conceptualise and respond to madness. Despite sustained criticisms from academia, survivor groups and practitioners, the bio-genetic model of madness prevails and therefore shapes our very notions of what madness is, who the mad are and how to respond. This dominant yet narrow view,…

Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments

'My daughter the schizophrenic' - original article and responses

Useful materials for generating debate in teaching:

My daughter the schizophrenic - Guardian article

Response by Gordon Milson and Sarah Brennan (Young Minds)…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2013 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Reconnect - new film about psychosis

Historically young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis found it difficult to obtain effective treatment. The film invites to viewer to see the world through the eyes of Karl, a 20 year old student suffering with psychosis.  The film was made to raise awareness of psychosis, reduce the stigma and reduce the delay in getting treatment.  It was made in conjunction with North Staffordshire Early Intervention in Psychosis Team.…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2013 at 19:07 — No Comments

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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.…


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,…


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?…


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…


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…

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…


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…


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…


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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