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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A New Vision for Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 20, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health aims to both explore and suggest various answers to this question. It also aims to challenge each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider…

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The Future of the Mental Health Workforce - new report.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2017 at 9:26 0 Comments

Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network to explore what the mental health workforce of the future should look like. This report presents the key findings from a review of: • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England; • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce; • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundt able…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Mad Positive in the Academy: three short films

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

'In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, we have created three short videos, or ‘web docs’ that discuss: what is means to be mad positive in the…

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Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs?  On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though,…

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness - free e-book

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 11:00 0 Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human…

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Physical health in mental illness: learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 20:47 0 Comments

'People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.



The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched…

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Surviving schizophrenia - video

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:35 0 Comments

Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They’re using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

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Step Change - new framework for universities to help improve student mental health​

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:08 0 Comments

A new framework has been published by Universities UK.  It aims to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in UK higher education institutions.

Step change​  is one strand of UUK's  programme of work to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those who learn and work in higher education.  It aims to support university leaders to help embed good mental…

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