February 2017 Blog Posts (21)

Back to School: Toolkits to Support the Full Inclusion of Students with Early Psychosis in Higher Education

Over the past decade, interest and investment in specialty early intervention in psychosis (EIP) programs has greatly expanded across the United States. A major goal of EIP services is the functional recovery and community integration of emerging adults with first episode psychosis.

Many programs include dedicated supported education or vocational rehabilitation components. The recent (exponential) growth of such services means that many more young Americans will be encouraged and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 10:29 — No Comments

New resources on mental health, mental capacity and human rights

The British Institute of Human Rights has published three new guides on mental health, mental capacity and human rights. The booklets aim to empower people using services to advocate for their own human rights. BIHR have co-produced the booklets with six advocacy and support organisations, working together on a project called Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy.

My Human Rights contains information about what human rights are, which rights are most relevant for…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 20, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

University Mental Health Day is on March 2nd

Keep an eye on the University Mental Health Day map to see what others are up to throughout the UK. Find out what's going on at your own university.  If there isn't an event, why not organise one?  University mental health day provides a great opportunity for developing and cementing links between people involved in teaching and learning about mental health and those working in student support services.  Register your event on the form at the foot of the page.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 18:37 — No Comments

Working with situations of coercive control - tools for supporting people

This website is for social workers and other health and social care practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in working with situations of coercive control.

Coercive control is now recognised as the behaviour that underpins domestic abuse. It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim’s sense of self, minimising their freedom of action and violating their human rights.

The Serious Crime Act 2015 creates a new offence of controlling or…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 9:00 — 3 Comments

Diagnostic Cultures A Cultural Approach to the Pathologization of Modern Life

Some studies estimate that each year, around a quarter of the population of Western countries will suffer from at least one mental disorder. Should this be interpreted as evidence for the progress of psychiatry, a discipline that is now able to identify and treat mental illnesses that have always existed, or might it be the case that modern life somehow creates new conditions, or social pathologies? This book argues that in fact something more fundamental has been taking place in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 14, 2017 at 1:20 — No Comments

Scholarship for the MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (online) course

The University of Hertfordshire School of Health and Social Work, Department of Nursing (Children’s, Learning Disability and Mental Health) and Social Work is very pleased to offer two applicants for the MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (online) course, who have lived experience of mental distress, a scholarship for the course fees commencing in the academic year 2017-2018.

The scholarship is in recognition that mental health challenges can interrupt the progress of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 13, 2017 at 19:17 — No Comments

Mad Ethics - special issue of the Journal of Ethics and Mental Health [C4P]

Mental health service users/refusers have always confronted ethical dilemmas in the legal, medical, socio-political and economic regimes that administer our lives. This special issue invites theoretical, empirical, and community-informed papers that critically explore ethical queries in contemporary mental health practice. 

Read the …

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 13, 2017 at 15:37 — No Comments

Social Perspectives Network

The AGM of SPN is taking place at 1.45 pm on Monday 20th February at Resource for London,, Seminar Room 1, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. See here for further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:34 — No Comments

HEA Health and Social Care: Forthcoming events

Higher Education Academy Health and Social Care events.

Practice Education Special Interest Group

29 March, 2017

HEA York

Grow Your Skills: Using Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Professions Learning

Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 10:00

HEA York

Grow Your Skills: Getting to Grips with Competence Assessment

Thursday, 4 May, 2017 - 09:00

HEA York

Stepping into Programme Management: Student Professional Suitability and Fitness…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:25 — No Comments

PROJECTIONS: Cinematic representations of mental illness

This six week evening course may be of interest to those within reach of the Freud museum in London.

Guy de Maupassant once said, “A sick thought can devour the body's flesh more than fever or consumption.” Mental illness is one of the leading causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. Depression, anxiety and substance abuse are reported to be among the main drivers of disability in Western countries. It is estimated that one in six adults has suffered from a common mental…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

The Sedated Society - new book

'This edited volume provides an answer to a rising public health concern: what drives the over prescription of psychiatric medication epidemic? Over 15% of the UK public takes a psychiatric medication on any given day, and the numbers are only set to increase. Placing this figure alongside the emerging clinical and scientific data revealing their poor outcomes and the harms these medications often cause, their commercial success cannot be explained by their therapeutic efficacy.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 18:56 — No Comments

Professor Sir David Watson Award for Community University Partnerships - now open for applications.

These awards have been created in memory of Professor Sir David Watson, to honour his leadership in encouraging community-university engagement and recognise the combined efforts of community and university partners towards making a difference to the lives of people in their shared community.

Community-university engagement is still an emerging field, which can make establishing and developing effective partnerships between community movements and academics difficult. Each year, the…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 18:39 — No Comments

Exceptional and Extraordinary - unruly bodies and minds in the medical museum

Why are some lives more highly valued than others?

Since humans first appeared on Earth, no two have ever been the same. Yet somewhere along the way, certain bodies and minds came to be highly valued whilst others became viewed as problematic; as deviant and unruly, deficient and requiring adjustment towards a perceived idealised norm.

Exceptional & Extraordinary invited four artists to explore behind the scenes of eight of the UK’s renowned medical museums and – in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 16:08 — No Comments

The role of pets in supporting people living with mental distress

(Where) does this issue feature in professional education for health and social care?



There is surprisingly little evidence of the role that pets play in the lives of people living with mental distress, despite some acknowledgement of their social support role and, increasingly, of the potential for Animal Assisted Therapy.

This research aimed to fill this gap through exploring the role of pets in people’s overall support networks, and the contribution they make to people’s…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Should I tell my students I have depression?

Interesting New York Times article HERE.

Any responses to this? Further reading?

Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 17:15 — No Comments

Webinar on Open Dialogue - the collaborative pathway approach

This may be of interest to educators and to students.



Six years ago, Dr. Chris Gordon, medical director of Advocates Inc., a large community mental health organization in Massachusetts, set out to train in Open Dialogue practices, which had produced such good long-term outcomes for first-episode psychotic patients in Northern Finland. Advocates developed the first pilot project in the country, which they called the Collaborative Pathway, to adapt these methods in the United…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Beyond the risk paradigm in mental health policy and practice - new book

Due out in April.

'Modern society is increasingly preoccupied with fears for the future and the idea of preventing ‘the worst’. The result is a focus on attempting to calculate the probabilities of adverse events occurring – in other words, on measuring risk. Since the 1990s, the idea of risk has come to dominate policy and practice in mental health across the USA, Australasia and Europe.

In this timely new text, a group of international experts examines the ways in which the…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Nature as Medicine - planned documentary

'Nature as Medicine' is a planned new documenatry about the healing power of nature.  This film will discover innovative people, projects and perspectives across health care and education, science, and art .  It will show how people can recover faster and learn better with the simple and innovative introduction of a Nature connection. This cinematic documentary will enable viewers to experience a deeper film experience of Nature through powerful, inspiring images and diverse interviews,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 8, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Mental health, uncertainty and inevitablility: new book

This book offers original knowledge, debate, and understanding from frontline fieldwork data and explores the relations between mental health difficulties, mental healthcare provision, and social theory.

Dominant discourse of the last half century has followed a medical perspective. This has marginalised contributions from social science. Furthermore purely medical approaches to mental healthcare have profound shortcomings. This book draws upon innovative research findings to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 8, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

BBC Season of films on mental health

The BBC is to host a season of films around mental health this spring across TV, radio and online.

Programming will include a BBC One documentary on stress and a two-parter on runners affected by mental health issues preparing for the London Marathon, a Horizon BBC Two special about schizophrenia and advancements in the treatment of psychoses and a documentary from mental health campaign Jack Rooke for BBC Three.

“One in four of us experience mental health problems in any given…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 5, 2017 at 11:41 — 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.…



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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,…

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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?…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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