January 2015 Blog Posts (7)

SICK! Festival

SICK! Festival is the first festival in the UK dedicated to revealing and debating our most urgent physical, mental and social challenges – and is expanding in 2015 into venues across Brighton and Manchester.

SICK! Festival was launched in 2013 as the first festival of its kind in the UK dedicated to exploring the medical, mental and social challenges of life and death and how we survive them (or don’t). SICK! presents an outstanding international, cross art-form…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 30, 2015 at 17:43 — No Comments

Student Mental Wellbeing: Policy, practice and future direction

Friday, 13 February - London

Student Mental Wellbeing: Policy, practice and future direction is a one day conference offered jointly by UUK and the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group (MWBHE). It launches the ‘Good practice guidance for student mental wellbeing in higher education’, originally published in 2000, now rewritten to take into consideration changes in law, policy and practice within today’s institutions. Mental wellbeing is crucial to every…
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Added by Jill Anderson on January 26, 2015 at 20:07 — No Comments

Vacancy: Higher Education Academy, Head of Health and Social Care

The Higher Education Academy is currently advertising for a Head of Health and Social Care, to: 

'drive strategic initiatives to enhance sector wide learning and teaching, develop our academic portfolio and consultancy, and ensure we are at the leading edge of practice-based pedagogic research. As a key member of a small leadership team you will play a critical part in developing the role, reputation and ongoing sustainability of the HEA.

The role will suit an ambitious…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 26, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Understanding inspiration in bipolar disorder - funded studentship

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply for this CASE studentship: a collaboration between the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University, and Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust. The studentship covers full fees plus a generous stipend and a small contribution for research costs. 

See here for details

Added by Jill Anderson on January 8, 2015 at 15:18 — No Comments

Online conference on mental health recovery and social inclusion: 23 February 2015

The MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion, co-produced by experts by experience, agency professionals and academics in Italy, Poland, Portugal, USA and the UK, is the world’s first online Master programme that addresses how the concepts of Recovery are delivered, and can best be developed, within mental health agencies.  Please see our website

Students include experts by experience and agency…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 8, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

We've got work to do: new MIND report

We’ve got work to do: Transforming employment and back-to-work support for people with mental health problems.
This report brings together years of Mind’s work in this area to explain how and why the workplace, the benefits system, and back-to-work schemes are so often failing to provide the support that people with mental health problems need to stay in, return to, or start work. We have set out our vision of what needs to be done to create a system that works. This vision is…
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Added by Jill Anderson on January 7, 2015 at 13:26 — No Comments

Happy New Year

See here for an update from the mhhehub. 

Added by Jill Anderson on January 6, 2015 at 16:56 — No Comments

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Academic Ableism: Disability and higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of…
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Drayton Park women's crisis house - interview with Shirley McNicholas

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 16:21 0 Comments

Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke.…

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Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 0 Comments

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Oppressed majority - film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 0 Comments

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 0 Comments

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…

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Croatia: out of institutions, into the world

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

More than 8,200 people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in Croatia remain in segregated institutions and psychiatric hospitals with little control over decisions that affect their lives, Human Rights Watch said. While the Croatian government has made some progress in protecting the rights of people with disabilities, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living arrangements has been limited and slow. In a video released by Human Rights Watch,…

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1000 conversations: speaking out on mental health

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:34 0 Comments

Stories of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties - shared on the Centre for Mental Health website. 

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Quality in Undergraduate Education: How Powerful Knowledge Disrupts Inequality

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

Globally, the appetite for higher education is great, but what do students and societies gain? Quality in Undergraduate Education foregrounds the importance of knowledge acquisition at university. Many argue that university education is no longer a public good due to the costs incurred by students who are then motivated by the promise of lucrative employment rather than by studying a discipline for its own sake. McLean, Abbas and Ashwin, however, reveal a…

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International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:55 0 Comments

'The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) was created to respond to a glaring need in mental health: to develop ways for helping people withdraw from psychiatric drugs.

Mental health has failed to provide support to people who want to reduce or withdraw from their psychiatric drugs. Often, people are simply told it is a bad idea, and thus are left to try to reduce or withdraw without the support they need.

Indeed, psychiatric drugs have been…

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Life of the Mind Interrupted: essays on mental health and disability in higher education

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:43 0 Comments

The essays in this book cover topics such as disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. Written for a popular audience, for those with disabilities and for those who want to learn more about living a disabled life, Life of the Mind Interrupted aims to make higher education, and the rest of our society, more humane.…

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