January 2017 Blog Posts (22)

Vagueness in Psychiatry: new book

Publishers blurb: 'In psychiatry there is no sharp boundary between the normal and the pathological. Although clear cases abound, it is often indeterminate whether a particular condition does or does not qualify as a mental disorder. For example, definitions of subthreshold disorders and of the prodromal stages of diseases are notoriously contentious.

Philosophers and linguists call concepts that lack sharp boundaries, and thus admit of borderline cases, vague. Although blurred…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Faulty by Design: the state of public service commissioning

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the success of current approaches to commissioning by central government, local authorities and commissioning bodies. To do so, interviews with 29 experts from government, providers and third-parties, were conducted, alongside a literature review and evaluation of the publicly available data. Attention is paid to complex human services, in which there is a purchaser-provider split – in health and social care, criminal justice, housing and…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Who cares for the carers?

A proposal for an independent umbrella body to provide telephone, online and face-to-face mental health support to health and social care professionals in the public sector. By Martin Seager and Mike Bush.

Read the proposal

Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2017 at 23:00 — No Comments

The Rediscovery of Teaching.

The Rediscovery of Teaching presents the innovative claim that teaching does not necessarily have to be perceived as an act of control but can be understood and configured as a way of activating possibilities for students to exist as subjects. By framing teaching as an act of dissensus, that is, as an interruption of egological ways of being, this book positions teaching at the progressive end of the educational spectrum, where it can be reconnected with the emancipatory ambitions of…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Behind the Art - documentary film series

What is behind any work of art?  Why do people make art?  There are so many different ways of expressing ideas in a creative way – Painting, Pottery, Photography, Music, Model Making, Crafts, Drama, Dance, Singing ….

Two years ago saw the beginning of “Behind The Art”, an on-going series of short documentary films. Each film opens a window onto an individual’s reason for making art, and touches on the importance of the creative arts as a tool for improving one’s mental health and…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Come with me - a film by Anjali, Calcutta

'“Come with Me” narrates the stories of four women who are located in different geographical, social and economic spaces, but tied by a common string. While they belong to different strata of the society, caste, educational background, and have access to different resources; they are all survivors of domestic violence, have experienced mental illness, and were incarcerated in government mental hospitals at some point in their lives. 

Mocked, denied, looked…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Universities UK: Mental Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education Programme

Universities UK has just established a Mental Health and Wellbeing in HE programme. 'The scope of the programme includes appropriate provision for those experiencing difficulties or mental illness as well as wider consideration of prevention and the support of good mental health.  Whilst the focus is on students in higher education, the approach recognises interdependencies between staff and student wellbeing and between HE and other sectors, and seeks to address these via partnership…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 13, 2017 at 13:18 — No Comments


I work as a lived experience development worker in the NHS. My role is to support and develop ways of getting the service receiver voice and perspective heard in undergraduate medical education around mental health.

That's a mouthful. Truth is, I first came into contact with secondary mental health services 20 odd years ago when I was 25. I've been 'around the block a few times' and have acquired some knowledge and insights along the way - as have the overwhelming majority of people…


Added by Simon Rose on January 12, 2017 at 13:03 — 7 Comments

Simon Says: Psychosis! HD 720

This powerful documentary features moving first hand accounts of psychosis. From three young people, who have shown the strength to not only share their stories but do so in an insightful and articulate manner. The film was predominantly made by someone who has experienced psychosis and has therefore been constructed from a unique perspective and understanding.

View the film

Added by Jill Anderson on January 11, 2017 at 11:51 — 1 Comment

Men Tell Health

A website devoted to men and mental health. 

Visit the website.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 11, 2017 at 11:49 — No Comments

Mind, Myth and Madness: are biological accounts of mental illness useful?

From schizophrenia to depression we assume our psychiatric diagnoses are real. But as the mental health epidemic turns global, the categories now seem like the cause. Is it time to abandon our biological account of mental illness? Or is it the best strategy we've got?.

Listen online

Added by Jill Anderson on January 4, 2017 at 12:38 — No Comments

Mad Studies papers

This special edition of Intersectionalities journal is on 'Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work, and 'Mental Health'

Some interesting papers here that seem to be freely available/accessible.


Thanks to Peter Beresford for tweeting about this.

Added by Kate Karban on January 4, 2017 at 10:33 — No Comments

Trauma and Meaning Making - new book

Trauma and Meaning Making highlights multiple practices of meaning making after traumatic events in the lives of individuals and communities. Meaning making consists both in a personal journey towards a new way to exist and live in a world shattered by trauma and in public politics locating and defining what has happened. In both perspectives, the collection evaluates the impact achieved by naming the victim/s and thus the right of the victim/s to suffer from its aftermath or…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 20:49 — No Comments

Think Ahead participants talk to All in the Mind

Two of the 2016 THINK AHEAD participants have spoken to BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind about their motivations for joining the Think Ahead programme and the work they have been doing in their community mental health teams since September.

The Think Ahead programme aims to create leaders in mental health and social work.…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Recognising & Understanding the Social Basis of Mental Illness: Advancing Creative Pedagogy, Participatory Practice and Interdisciplinary Understanding

This project by Claire Blencowe and Anna Harpin works towards interdisciplinary collaborative teaching and research on the social and cultural basis of mental health – drawing insight from debates in critical psychology, philosophy, sociology, performance studies, cultural studies and literature. It also develops research and pedagogy on the role of participatory practice (including participatory pedagogy, collaborative culture making, play, performance, and political engagement) as…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 20:28 — No Comments

Madness Radio: Voices and visions from outside mental health

Madness Radio: Voices And Visions from Outside Mental Health explores 'madness' from beyond conventional perspectives and mainstream treatments, featuring survivors, authors, advocates, professionals, and artists. A great resource for use in teaching.

View the list of programmes.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 20:19 — No Comments

Patient and Public Involvement in Nurse Education

Peter Bates is working in partnership with Health Education England to create a 'How To' guide on involving patients and the public in nurse education. 

The project covers England and includes all four fields of nursing practice - Child, Adult, Mental Health and Learning Disability. It ranges from pre-registration to post-qualification continuous professional development. The Guide will help a range of stakeholders, including

  • students and staff who are engaged in…

Added by Jill Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 19:56 — No Comments

Higher Education Agencies for whom the bell tolls

It is understood that the Bell review, when published next month, will propose a merger between the Higher Education Academy, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the Equality Challenge Unit, to create a new super higher education development agency. 

Find out more.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 19:54 — No Comments

I am Whole - stories about young people and mental health

A collection of stories from young people about their experiences of mental health difficulties.

Read the stories

Added by Jill Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

Social Work and Health Inequalities Network

The Social Work and Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN) aims to promote research, discussion and action by social work researchers, educators, practitioners and managers, to combat the causes and consequences of unjust and damaging socially created inequalities in health.

Find out more.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 3, 2017 at 10:19 — No Comments

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Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…


Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…


Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…


Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…


The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…


Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…


Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…


Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…

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