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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Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…


Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…


Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…


Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…


The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…


Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…


Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…


Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…

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