January 2016 Blog Posts (38)

Mental? A photographic project

A unique film challenging mental health stigma through the eyes of young people in Norwich, UK.

The participants, aged between 15 and 25 worked together with artist Anita Staff to create thought provoking images and text that challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.

They used photography as a visual language to express their experiences with being in contact with mental health services and lack of awareness and understanding within the wider community.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 31, 2016 at 14:19 — 1 Comment

mhhe features in guide to peer involvement

We were recently asked by Nev Jones, to provide a contribution to the recent report: Peer Involvement and Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis Services: From Planning to Peer Support and Evaluation.

See here for the account of mhhe and here for the …

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 29, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

Social Work for Better Mental Health: 3 key documents

These 3 documents are part of the ‘Social Work for Better Mental Health’ initiative. They aim to help improve social work across the mental health sector, and to make sure the value of social work in improving mental wellbeing is recognised.

The documents include:

  • an overview of the strategy and importance of social work in mental health services
  • an assessment of social work in a mental health context
  • guidance about how to get and use feedback on mental…
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Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

The Surviving Work Survey

The aims of this survey are to help build a map of the trends in working conditions for mental health workers in the UK. Through the Surviving Work Survey and anonymous case studies the aim is to create a map which measures:

– trends in wages and earnings in the sector

– what jobs people are doing in mental health

– the scale of unwaged and honorary work, principally by trainees

– growth of private contractors and private employment agencies providing clinical services

–…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 27, 2016 at 15:57 — No Comments

The Many Faces of Dementia - free online course.

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 27, 2016 at 15:55 — No Comments

The Future of Mental Health Interview Series

Interviews with 100+ Innovators, Game-Changers, and Alternative Helpers

These interviews appear on Dr. Maisel’s Psychology Today blog “Rethinking Mental Health” from mid-January, 2016 through the end of April, 2016 and complement Dr. Maisel’s new book The Future of Mental Health: Deconstructing the Mental Disorder Paradigm, which you can …

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 26, 2016 at 22:53 — No Comments

Healing Voices - new film

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 26, 2016 at 22:30 — No Comments

Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network.

Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network is a research project that tries to understand how we can listen to voices that we find difficult, disruptive or challenging, whether these seem to come from inside or outside ourselves. It has been created by voice-hearers, academics and independent artists who are interested in asking why and how we silence voices in ourselves or others and how we might help increase understanding about the experience of hearing…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2016 at 20:21 — No Comments

Searching for a Rose Garden: challenging psychiatry, fostering mad studies

This collection of writings by mad activists, academics and researchers showgrounds new thinking and innovative practice in survivor-led interpretations of and responses to mental distress.

Edited by Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney and with an international spread of contributors, the book includes incisive critique of all that is unhelpful about mainstream (sanestream) understandings of and responses to mental distress and descriptions of pioneering, user-inspired and user-delivered…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2016 at 21:29 — No Comments

Ida's Diary - new film

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

News from Asylum Magazine

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2016 at 19:31 — No Comments

Everyday ethics in healthcare: power, politics and practice - call for papers

10 May 2016, The Royal College of Nursing London
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For more information regarding this event, please telephone Steph Baker on 02380 597925 or email events.hs@southampton.ac.uk.
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We are pleased to announce our second everyday ethics conference and to…
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Added by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Coming of Age on Zoloft

When Katherine Sharpe arrived at her college health center with an age-old complaint—a bad case of homesickness—she received a thoroughly modern response: a twenty-minute appointment and a prescription for Zoloft—a drug she would take for the next ten years. Her story isn’t remarkable except for its staggering ubiquity. When Prozac was introduced in 1987, taking psychiatric medication was a fringe phenomenon. Twenty-five years later, 10 percent of Americans over the age of six use an SSRI…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 19, 2016 at 15:48 — No Comments

Evidence Informed Practice in Education - Special Issue of Educational Research

This special issue aims to add to the existing knowledge base about evidence-informed practice (EiP) in education. Discussions and debates about the role of evidence in an educational context are not new. Indeed, a variety of programmes and resources have been developed over recent decades aiming to improve the quality and usability of educational research and ultimately, its impact on teaching practice. However, EiP is still very much a topic of academic and professional discussion, and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 19, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Dementia - some learning resources

These resources (kindly shared by Lionel Rice) may be of use in learning and teaching about dementia.  Other useful links can be found by using the search box at the top right of the mhhehub screen.

Dementia through the eyes of women.

Dementia disproportionately affects women, but their…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 18, 2016 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Stand by me: e-learning training resource on dementia

The course incorporates six video dramatisations across different settings including following Maggie and Mick as Maggie receives a diagnosis of dementia, gets help at home, and moves into a residential care home; and following Marty and Mary and his family as he needs emergency medical care, a stay on an acute hospital ward and as he nears the end of his life. The Stand by Me course is divided into 10 interactive modules, with the 10th module being the assessment. Additional video…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 18, 2016 at 11:46 — No Comments

Jenny's diary: a resource to support conversations about dementia with people who have a learning disability

Jenny’s Diary is a free booklet and a set of postcards aimed at supporting conversations about dementia with people who have a learning (intellectual) disability.

Conversations about dementia are never easy. All dementia strategies in the UK state that everyone is entitled to know of their diagnosis, not only as a human rights issue but as part of developing appropriate and individualised post-diagnostic support. Currently there is limited guidance on how to explain dementia to an…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 18, 2016 at 11:43 — No Comments

Radical Teacher

RADICAL TEACHER, founded in 1975, is a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching. It serves the community of educators who are working for democratic process, peace, and justice. The magazine examines the root causes of inequality and promotes progressive social change.

RADICAL TEACHER publishes articles on classroom practices and curriculum, as well as on educational issues related to gender and sexuality, disability, culture,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 18, 2016 at 0:48 — No Comments

Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

The great 18th century writer Dr Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said “the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.”

This free online course will explore how enjoying literature can help us to endure life.

Taking Johnson’s phrase as a starting point, the course will consider how poems, plays and novels can help us understand and cope with times of deep emotional strain. The reading load will be…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 13, 2016 at 18:57 — 1 Comment

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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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