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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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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