February 2016 Blog Posts (22)

Mad Studies stream, Lancaster Disability Studies Conference - C4P

Lancaster Disability Studies conference: 6th-8th September, 2016

This conference brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists from around the world, to share and debate research, ideas and developments in disability studies.

2016 will see the second Mad Studies stream convened by Peter Beresford and Brigit McWade.

Since the publication of Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies(edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2016 at 19:49 — No Comments

Voices of Madness conference - call for papers.

Voices of Madness, Centre for Health Histories, University of Huddersfield, 15th- 16th Sept 2016

In the thirty years since Roy Porter called on historians to lower their gaze so that they might better understand patient-doctor roles in the past, historians have sought to place the voices of previously, silent, marginalised and disenfranchised individuals at the heart of their analyses. Contemporaneously, the development of service user groups and patient consultations have become an…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 28, 2016 at 19:48 — No Comments

The sanity of madness - animated film

'There’s so much pressure on us to be always rational, calm and sensible: it’s time also to say a word about the essential normality of a little madness'. Animated film produced by the School of Life, in association with Artrake studio.

View the video here.

Please use comments box to share any reactions, or how you plan to make use of this in teaching. . . 

Added by Jill Anderson on February 27, 2016 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Critical Suicidology: new book

Critical Suicidology: Transforming Suicide Research and Prevention for the 21st Century

Edited by Jennifer White, Ian Marsh,Michael J. Kral & Jonathan Morris

   "This powerful book presents a convincing and rigorous critique of the limitations of the dominant biomedical paradigm. By bringing together scholars, practitioners, and those who have been affected by suicide, it offers new ways to think about suicide that do not pathologize…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 25, 2016 at 13:57 — No Comments

Courses in Mad Studies

This page lists current courses in Mad Studies

https://madstudies2014.wordpress.com/mad-studies-courses/

For definitions of Mad Studies see here

Added by Jill Anderson on February 24, 2016 at 17:44 — No Comments

Open Letter about BBC Coverage of Mental Health

Following Richard Bentall’s inspired OpenLetter to Stephen Fry, a group of people who have (and still do) use mental health services, who work in mental health, or who work as academics... or all three – have decided to write a parallel Open Letter to the BBC and other media organizations about their coverage of mental health issues.…
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Added by Jill Anderson on February 21, 2016 at 12:03 — 2 Comments

Putting people and communities at the heart of health and care: new report

A new report sets out the potential benefits of patient- and community-focused approaches to health and care.



Funded by NHS England and led by Nesta and the Health Foundation, At the heart of health: Realising the value of people and communities brings together a wide range of approaches that aim to support individuals…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 17, 2016 at 12:47 — No Comments

The Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice

The Collaborating Centre has been set up to support the development of values-based practice through shared learning. Based at St Catherine’s College in Oxford the Centre brings together a wide range of individuals and organisations working on different aspects of values-based practice around the world. Although originating primarily in mental health and social care a particular aim of the Collaborating Centre is to support extension of values-based approaches to other…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 17, 2016 at 11:27 — No Comments

Designing e-learning for health - free online course.

Healthcare is a vast and constantly changing global sector. We all have a stake in it, so it is vital that both professionals and patients not only have access to accurate information, but also to the stories and experiences of real people.

As educators, we know that bringing these voices to life in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Insight in Mind - poetic & vivid perspectives on mania and depression

‘Insight In Mind’ vividly demonstrates how it feels to experience highs and lows, through the use of poetry, visual imagery, photography, animation and music; taking the viewer on an emotional and informative journey.  The 14 poetic pieces are interwoven with the voices of survivors and carers, talking openly about their experiences, married with artworks contributed from mental health survivors.

The aim of the project was to enable carers, health professionals, family and friends to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Research in Practice for Adults - new learning resources

RiPfA has published three new resources on the topics of: enablement in dementia; legal literacy in social care; and risk enablement. These bring together the latest evidence to support learning and develop practice across these areas. There is also an updated resource which reflects the changes to safeguarding brought about by the Care Act 2014.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2016 at 11:33 — No Comments

Recovery-focused mental health care planning and co-ordination: Collaborative Care Planning Project (COCAPP) report

This recently published report concludes that the administrative elements of care co-ordination reduce opportunities for recovery-focused and personalised work. The research indicates few shared understandings of recovery, which may limit shared goals. Conversations on risk appeared to be neglected and assessments kept from service users. This study suggests that a reluctance to engage in dialogue about risk management may work against opportunities for positive risk-taking as part of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

The art of conversation: A guide to talking, listening and reducing stigma surrounding suicide.

The Art of Conversation includes sections on the myths and the signs of suicide, spotting the signs and helping, and advice on starting difficult conversations.



It aims to help the reader to be a good listener, details training courses and includes other available resources that are in place across Scotland and the rest of the UK.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 13, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Nature-based interventions for mental health care: new report

A report published today (9 February 2016) shows that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression.

The report A review of nature-based interventions for mental health care suggests making greater use of ‘green care’ to help people suffering from mental…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2016 at 13:03 — No Comments

Update from Student Minds

Please find an update below from Student Minds about upcoming national initiatives and training programmes to support student mental health, which you may wish to share with colleagues. 
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University Mental Health Day 2016
Taking place on Thursday the 3rd of March 2016, University Mental Health Day is a great opportunity to bring together the key…
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Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Clearing a path: a psychiatric survivor anti-violence framework

The heart of this report is a framework, an approach groups can use to engage in a response to violence against people with psychiatric disabilities in their communities. The psychiatric survivor anti-violence framework, as conceived by a working group of the Psychiatric Disability Anti-violence Coalition (PDAC), is intended to provide guidelines in which to respond to and address the various forms of violence experienced by persons with a psychiatric disability, in particular those who are…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 9, 2016 at 18:14 — No Comments

Children and Young People's Mental Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research has created these pages to give children and young people an understanding of research, why it is important and how they can find out more.

Visit the resource

Added by Jill Anderson on February 9, 2016 at 10:27 — No Comments

Films linked to 'The Other Side of Silence'

Linda Gask - author of the Other Side of Silence - talking on video about her experiences of depression, therapy and anti-depressants.

View the videos

Added by Jill Anderson on February 3, 2016 at 20:10 — No Comments

Educational Research: Taking the Plunge

Educational Research by Phil Wood and Joan Smith blends together discussion of some of the main concepts and knowledge concerning educational research with some basic frameworks and approaches for completing your own projects. Research can play an important role in offering ideas and insights into educational issues, but it should always be understood and utilised through the filter of professional values and judgement. This book is suitable for those with little or no research…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 3, 2016 at 13:11 — No Comments

People, Place and Policy: online journal

People, Place and Policy is an online journal providing a forum for academic debate around issues of urban policy, social and economic regeneration, housing and the labour market.

Articles deal with the situations and experiences of people and places struggling to negotiate the opportunities, constraints and risks within contemporary society.

Visit the journal homepage

Added by Jill Anderson on February 3, 2016 at 12:57 — 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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