February 2013 Blog Posts (37)

The writer's diet: in search of stylish academic writing.

The WritersDiet Test is a diagnostic tool that assesses whether your sentences are flabby or fit. Take the test and work on making your writing lean and comprehensible!  See also guide to zombie nouns, and Helen Sword's book Stylish…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 19:05 — No Comments

Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk: contributors wanted

Criminology staff at the University of Chester are currently compiling a 'Dictionary of Criminal Justice, Mental Health and Risk' and have some dictionary entries that have not yet been allocated an author.

They would be interested to hear from practitioners, academics and researchers if they are interested in contributing their expertise to this publication. Each entry is no more than 500 words in length and a list of available titles and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Nursing and the Approved Mental Health Professional Role.

Link to blog posting and journal article here.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 13:17 — No Comments

Normality in an Uncertain World: 6th Enquire Postgraduate Conference

10th and 11th September 2013

Call for Abstracts

This conference aims to bring together post-graduates and researchers, with an interest in normality, to explore the development, current application and possible future of such research.

We are pleased to confirm our keynote speakers:

  • Derek McGhee, Professor of Sociology, University of…

Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2013 at 13:14 — No Comments

Passion and Paranoia

In Passion and Paranoia, Charlotte Bloch sets out to explore the socio-emotional world of the university, primarily through interviews with Danish academics at various stages of their careers. Academia is rarely viewed through the prism of emotion and this book offers insights into facets of the everyday lives of scholars that, although familiar, are seldom openly discussed.…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 26, 2013 at 11:07 — No Comments

The para-academic handbook: call for contributions.

Content taken from Mark Carrigan's blog here.

There is a name for those under- and precariously employed, but actively working, academics in today’s society: the para-academic.

Para-academics mimic academic practices so they are liberated from the confines of the university. Our work, and our lives, reflect how the idea of a…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:55 — 1 Comment

Wellbeing 2013 - Call for Papers

The Second International Conference Exploring the Multi-dimensions of Well-being, presented by Birmingham City University, will take place on 24-25 July 2013.

Well-being 2011 drew a diverse audience from different disciplines, sectors and organisations ranging from the environment, social, health, arts and humanities, including architects, landscape architects, health and community workers, City Councils, NHS Trusts, community and housing organisations, research councils, and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:33 — No Comments

Tariffs for education and training - details announced.

The details for the implementation of tariffs for education and training have been announced. Moving to a tariff based system for education and training will enable a national approach to the funding of all clinical placements (both medical and non medical) and postgraduate medical programmes to support a level playing field between providers.

The Department of Health (DH) has been working with stakeholders since 2008 to develop the tariffs and this included a sample costing exercise…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 23, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

Journal of Health and Social Care Education: Call for Papers

The HEA Journal of Health and Social Care Education has issued a call for papers.  The new editor is in the process of shifting the journal from its current position and scope by widening the international readership and submission, moving towards both a greater degree of focus in the kinds of submissions they are looking for, and a greater range. By the time of the publication of the Autumn issue this will be a fully peer-reviewed, online journal with articles grouped and…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 21, 2013 at 13:10 — No Comments

Innovative learning for sexual, reproductive and mental health

Dear Readers
At the Centre for Women's Mental Health, Manchester University (where I am based), we are offering a FREE half day workshop for female mental health service users from the North West of England who …

Added by DINA POURSANIDOU on February 20, 2013 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Working with Schizophrenia: pathways to employment, recovery and inclusion

Even though most people diagnosed with schizophrenia are willing and able to work, this group encounters one of the lowest employment rates among all disadvantaged groups. Only 8% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia are currently in employment.  This Work Foundation report examines the impact of 'schizophrenia' on an individual's ability to enter or remain in the labour market, outlining how such barriers can be addressed by policymakers, employers, healthcare professionals as well as…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

European Network of Mental Health Service Evaluation: Call for Papers

The 10th ENMESH International Conference will be held on October 3 – 5, 2013 in Verona (Italy).  The deadline for abstracts is 31 March.  The conference theme will be “Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Services: Therapeutic, organisational and economic challenges”.

Mental health services throughout Europe are experiencing a period of profound change, driven by continuing challenges to public health and political…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 17:55 — No Comments

MA in social work and emotional wellbeing

A flexible and innovative part-time course - run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust - that enables qualified social work professionals to pursue advanced professional development closely related to their own current practice, management or training experience. The programme emphasises learning from student’s own experience, as well as theorisation and research skills. Social workers with all service user groups and from all sectors attend this programme. Many students on this…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 14:47 — No Comments

Scottish Recovery Network and Higher Education join forces

Scottish Recovery Network and Edinburgh Napier University are pleased to announce a new joint venture.  


Allison Alexander, Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University will be joining the SRN staff team as an Honorary Educational Consultant. Allison will provide educational advice and expertise to current and future SRN projects and undertake work looking at how recovery is currently taught to mental health…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 14:05 — No Comments

HEA student essay competition: Patient and Public Involvement in Higher Education

The Higher Education Academy (HEA), Health and Social Care Cluster (HSSC) encourages students to share their experiences of service user engagement and Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in higher education in a number of ways via writing for publication, abstracts for posters at our conference, workshops and by becoming a member of a network for those with a special interest in PPI; the Lived Experience Network (LEN).

To encourage increased participation the cluster has launched…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 11:08 — 1 Comment

Lived Experience Network [LEN]

In December 2012, the Higher Education Academy [HEA] Health and Social Care Cluster launched a network relating to Patient and Public Involvement and Service User engagement. The first meeting of the network was attended by a range of people with an interest in this area including service users, academics, students and representatives from the third sector. The group decided on a name to reflect the diversity and purpose of the group: LEN – Lived Experience Network.

There are…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 18, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

mhhechat - 15 February

Twelve people contributed to the chat today.  Discussion ranged widely and included: networking for Approved Mental Health Professional  training programme leads; survivor/service user and carer involvement in clinical psychology training; evaluating survivor/service users' experience of involvement in education; encouraging third sector staff and service users to write about education and training; getting HE research in to practice; creating space in academic life for things that are…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2013 at 17:49 — 1 Comment

World Dignity University

This looks like an interesting initiative. . .

We are living in times when nothing short of global cooperation can successfully address the dire problems developing in the world today. Education provides the most promising path toward building “a global culture of cooperation,” a culture that advances the principles of mutual respect, equality in dignity, unity and diversity, and environmental stewardship, the progenitors of lasting peace.

We have come to believe that a…


Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2013 at 12:25 — No Comments

Really pleasant day teaching

I'm doing some teaching at Bradford College for an access to HE course for hopeful health professionals. It's an intro module to mental health and this week, week 2, I introduced the main models and a case study about a young man hearing voices, being bullied at school etc. They seemed to pick up the social model of disability straight away and thought that if he wasn't bothered by the voices then he's fine, that the school ought to deal with the bullying and his family needed to rally round if… Continue

Added by Bill Penson on February 13, 2013 at 20:23 — 1 Comment

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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…


Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…


The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…

While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…


Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…


Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…


Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…


With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.

Guest Editors: 

Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK gillcov17@gmail.com…


Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.



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