January 2014 Blog Posts (24)

A twitter window on the mhhehub's work in 2013

See here for a flavour of our first full year of active tweeting!

Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2014 at 21:37 — No Comments

IMHA Implementation Project and Seminar

The Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) implementation project has been funded by the DH to improve the way IMHA services are commissioned, monitored and delivered. The project will be taking the research findings from  The Right to Be Heard to create a number of resources and materials to assist service users, commissioners, advocacy providers and mental health services commission and deliver even better IMHA…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Vile bodies: Understanding the neglect of personal hygiene in a sterile society

Why do some citizens in the affluent West neglect their personal cleanliness and how can relatives, friends and care professionals provide effective support?  In its mildest form, self-neglect forms the topic of arguments between mothers and their teenage children, but at its most severe it kills people. It is difficult to define what counts as self-neglect, hard to identify who is at risk and tricky to decide whether to intervene. While all behaviour is perhaps a form of communication,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2014 at 19:25 — No Comments

AMHP programme leads group - online chats

This group is for those responsible for Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) programmes - providing a space to exchange ideas and experiences about the professional and academic requirements for AMHP training and any other related issues.

Three online chats have been scheduled:

- Tuesday 4th March 2014 from 9 – 10am

- Wednesday 2nd April 2014 from 4 – 5pm

- Friday 20th June 9 2014 9 – 10am



To contribute, simply log in to the hub at the appropriate time…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 20, 2014 at 19:58 — 2 Comments

Bridging the Gap: a health inequalities teaching resource

Bridging the Gap is an online health inequalities learning resource that aims to provide pre-registration Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs), and those Higher Education Institutions in Scotland with responsibilities for their education with a flexible learning resource.

Bridging the Gap, drawing on current evidence, outlines some of the key features of health and social inequalities in Scotland, explores a range of associated topics and themes; from the social…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 19, 2014 at 13:17 — 1 Comment

Breaking Isolation: international students and wellbeing

In the summer of 2010 Equally Connected facilitated a group of international students at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh to make a short film about the challenges of leaving home, to live and study in a new country, and the strategies they employed to ensure their wellbeing.

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 20:11 — No Comments

Popular Education Conference 2014

The conference is an opportunity for university-based teachers and researchers, student-activists and others involved in higher education, who share a common interest in popular education – many of whom work in considerable isolation in their own institutions – to meet, exchange ideas, learn from each other and enjoy some much needed solidarity and conviviality.


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Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Teaching Politics Beyond the Book: Film, Texts and New Media in the Classroom

This book comes recommended by Hannah Morgan, in social work at Lancaster. 

To teach political issues such as political struggle, justice, interstate conflict, etc. educators rely mostly on textbooks and lectures. However, many other forms of narrative exist that can elevate our understanding of such issues. This innovative work seeks new ways to foster learning beyond the textbook and lecture model, by using creative and new media, including graphic novels,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 15:19 — No Comments

Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work - Policy Press

This exciting and innovative series explores a range of current issues, developments and debates in social work, social care and social policy from a critical and radical perspective. Each of the texts in the series begins with a lead article by a well-known social work academic or practitioner, followed by responses from academics, practitioners, and service users and a final reply from the main author. A key aim of the series is to stimulate debate within social work and this is…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 15:11 — No Comments

Mental Health Partnerships

Mental Health Partnerships is a specialist knowledge portal, bringing together Networks, organisations, groups and individuals to share knowledge and learning to improve services and the mental health and wellbeing of communities.

It is sponsored the National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England and the Strategic Clinical Network (South West).

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 14:51 — No Comments

Health and Care Innovation Expo

Registration has opened for  the Health and Care Innovation Expo.

'More than 10,000 people from across health and care, the voluntary sector, commissioners, clinicians, patients, thought leaders and innovators will meet at Manchester Central on 3rd and 4th March and take part in the fast-paced and interactive programme.

Hosted by NHS England, Expo…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 14:49 — No Comments

Voicing Caregivers' Experiences: ten new stories

This new resource is about the experiences of caregivers and their views on wellbeing and recovery. ‘Voicing Caregivers' Experiences' was developed through a partnership between the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. A book produced through the project features ten narrative accounts of people with…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

An exploration of international innovation in service user involvement across three countries

This film is from a project which examines social work from the perspective of service users and carers across three countries, Northern Ireland, Slovenia and Spain. Social work students from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the University of Alicante, Spain interviewed service users and carers on film using seven questions developed to examine key areas of social work skills, knowledge and values. The service users and carers were all…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 14, 2014 at 17:55 — No Comments

'No health without mental health' dashboard

The ‘No health without mental health’ strategy sets clear objectives to improve mental health outcomes. For the first time, this dashboard brings together relevant measures from a wide range of sources to show us the progress being made against these objectives, and to give a clear, concise picture of mental health outcomes as a whole.

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 7, 2014 at 18:15 — No Comments

Bipolarized - the movie

The film BIPOLARIZED follows Ross McKenzie as he embarks on a journey to treat his symptoms through alternative treatments and dig up the root cause of his mental breakdown.

View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 7, 2014 at 16:27 — No Comments

Preventing mental ill-health: informing public health planning and mental health practice - NEW BOOK

Is there any evidence that we can reduce the incidence of mental ill health? Is it possible to prevent recurrence of mental ill health?

Aspirations to achieve both these goals have featured in mental health policy and practice for over 100 years. This comprehensive and accessible book draws on research on the development and persistence of behavioural problems in childhood, adult depression and schizophrenia. The association between social disadvantage and mental ill health, as well…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 7, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

The art of medicine: taking a narrative turn in psychiatry

Article about the recent changes to the DSM - by Bradley Lewis in the Lancet. 

Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 6, 2014 at 21:55 — 2 Comments

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day

Wednesday 19 February 2013.  What will you be doing?

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 6, 2014 at 19:38 — No Comments

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A New Vision for Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 20, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health aims to both explore and suggest various answers to this question. It also aims to challenge each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider…

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The Future of the Mental Health Workforce - new report.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2017 at 9:26 0 Comments

Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network to explore what the mental health workforce of the future should look like. This report presents the key findings from a review of: • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England; • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce; • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundt able…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Mad Positive in the Academy: three short films

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

'In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, we have created three short videos, or ‘web docs’ that discuss: what is means to be mad positive in the…

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Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs?  On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though,…

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness - free e-book

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 11:00 0 Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human…

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Physical health in mental illness: learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 20:47 0 Comments

'People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.



The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched…

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Surviving schizophrenia - video

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:35 0 Comments

Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They’re using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

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Step Change - new framework for universities to help improve student mental health​

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:08 0 Comments

A new framework has been published by Universities UK.  It aims to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in UK higher education institutions.

Step change​  is one strand of UUK's  programme of work to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those who learn and work in higher education.  It aims to support university leaders to help embed good mental…

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