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.…


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 …


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…

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



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

The Many Faces of Dementia - free online course.


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 …


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…


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…


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
For more information regarding this event, please telephone Steph Baker on 02380 597925 or email events.hs@southampton.ac.uk.
We are pleased to announce our second everyday ethics conference and to…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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

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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,…


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…


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…


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.…


All is not well - comics about care

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

I See You is about a girl being cared for by her father after being discharged from psychiatric hospital. The father cares emotionally and practically. He stays present in response to the girl’s anger and despair and tries metaphorically to give the girl her childhood back.

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Medicated Stable: animated film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 15:16 0 Comments

Medicated Stable is an animated film that explores some of the experiences of mental health treatment, support and recovery in Southampton. Funded by NHS England, this animated film produced by Healthwatch Southampton is based on ‘Barriers and Facilitators for promoting recovery in mental health’ a research paper co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and the University of Southampton.…


Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 16, 2017 at 14:08 0 Comments

Britain’s first university centre dedicated to improving mental health in schools has opened.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools has been established at Leeds Beckett University.

Similar centres already exist in the US and Canada. Its aim is to create a network of educators, mental health practitioners and …


Trauma informed education in mental health nursing

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 15, 2017 at 10:32 0 Comments

Stirling University film  looking at MH through a Trauma Lens featuring staff, graduates & clinicians.

View it here.

Mental Health Occupational Therapy Interventions and Outcomes Network

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 0 Comments

MOTION is a collaboration between researchers, service users, clinicians and educators committed to improving outcomes in mental health occupational therapy by advancing research.

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