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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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…

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Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…

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The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…
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While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…

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Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…

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Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…

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Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…

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With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.



Guest Editors: 


Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK gillcov17@gmail.com…

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Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.

You…

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