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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Research

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…

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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.

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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?.

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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.

http://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/IJ/issue/current

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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…
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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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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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