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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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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