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,…


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…


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…


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


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.…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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…


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.…


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…


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. 
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…

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…


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…


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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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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