February 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Intelligent kindness - reforming the culture of healthcare

Intelligent Kindness is a powerful new approach to healthcare reform. Ballatt and Campling argue that the NHS is a system that invites society to value and attend to its deepest common interests; it is a vital expression of community and one that can improve if society, patients and staff can reconnect to these deeper values. To do so will improve quality and patient experience, as well as morale, effectiveness, efficiency and value for money. Relentless regulatory and structural NHS reforms…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 20:16 — No Comments

New resources for the children and young people's IAPT project

The Deputy Prime Minister,  Nick Clegg, and Health Minister Paul Burstow announced today that the ambitious Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) programme will receive an extra investment of up to £22 million over the next three years. This is in addition to the £8 million per year for four years that had previously been secured.  The new resources will be used to

  • extend the…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 20:03 — No Comments

Physical health and mental health - launch of new tool

Charity Rethink Mental Illness has launched a range of tools to help mental health professionals tackle the physical health needs of the people they work with.

The tools have been developed as part of the ‘20 Years Too Soon’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the fact that people affected by severe mental illness die on average 20 years younger than the general population, mostly as a result of preventable physical conditions.



Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 16:18 — No Comments

Twitter debate: medical vs social models

@MHchat: Mental Health Diagnosis: Medial vs. Social Model a Twitter debate

Join us on Wednesday (29-Feb) at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 1200 for a mental health chat @MHchat discussing "Mental Health Diagnosis: Medical versus Social Models".

May be of interest to tweeters!

Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 16:14 — No Comments

Relevant research for AMHPs

Martin Webber has compiled an extremely useful reading list of research of relevance for AMHPs.  Download here.


Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:59 — No Comments

2nd International Health Humanities Conference - Call for Papers

A reminder that the Call for Papers for the 2nd International Health Humanities Conference 2012 is live and accepting submissions, following the huge success of the 1st IHHC in 2010 in Nottingham. Please do take a look and consider submitting a paper or attending.

Further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:51 — No Comments

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day - 22 February

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day aims to focus efforts aimed at promoting the mental health of people who live and work in Higher Education settings. The Day has come about as a result of an initiative undertaken by the University Mental Health Advisers' Network (UMHAN) www.umhan.com, but other organisations are encouraged to…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:49 — No Comments

Mental health - film resources

These resources, catalogued by MindReel, may be of interest and use in teaching.

Voiced by a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group, 'Nimbus' explores the dark, and often isolated, world of depression. This short film…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

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Academic Ableism: Disability and higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of…

Drayton Park women's crisis house - interview with Shirley McNicholas

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 16:21 0 Comments

Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke.…


Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 0 Comments

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Oppressed majority - film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 0 Comments

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 0 Comments

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…


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.…


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