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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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.…



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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,…

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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?…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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