March 2012 Blog Posts (10)

The right to take risks: service users' views of risk in adult social care

People who use adult social care services identify different risks to those commonly identified by professionals and policy-makers. Many fear losing independence, which suggests that risk assessments need to have independence as their starting point. There is a particular need to reach into mental health and residential care services to find ways of enabling people to realise their independence.

This paper gives voice to service users' fears and concerns about risk; identifies…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 21:11 — No Comments

Physical health and mental health - new Rethink resources

Rethink Mental Illness has launched a range of new tools to help mental health professionals address the physical health needs of the people they work with. The tools have been developed as part of the 20 Years Too Soon campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the fact that people affected by severe mental illness die on average twenty years younger than the general population, mostly as a result of preventable…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 21:09 — No Comments

Independent Advocacy for People with Mental Disorder.

People with mental health problems and intellectual disability may face discrimination and marginalisation, and independent advocacy is an excellent way to ensure that an individual’s rights are upheld and that the individual receives the care and treatment that they are entitled to. It also has benefits for psychiatrists and can improve the quality of the relationships between people with mental health problems and professionals. This Royal College of Psychiatrists report sets out the…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 21:06 — No Comments

The carer's experience

Royal College of Psychiatrists podcast. Mieko talks to Dr Michael Yousif about the challenges of caring for someone suffering with mental health problems.

Listen here.


Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 21:05 — No Comments

Classification in Psychiatry - Podcast

Heroes in Psychiatry: a series of occasional interviews with people (not all of them psychiatrists), who have made a distinguished contribution to  the understanding and care of people with mental health problems. In this interview Professor Sir David Goldberg talks to Dr Mark Salter about classification in psychiatry.

Listen here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 21:02 — No Comments

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Towards a workforce strategy for the public health system.

This consultation is the first step towards developing a new public health workforce strategy that will help shape the public health workforce of the future. It will be a living document, regularly reviewed and updated. The consultation is aimed at a broad audience, reflecting the Government’s view that public health is everyone’s business. Each chapter of this document includes key messages, proposals and consultation questions. Case studies are included where appropriate.…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 21:01 — No Comments

Inclusive Curriculum Design in Higher Education

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) commissioned this guide to support the higher education sector to think creatively about inclusive curriculum design from a generic as well as subject or disciplinary perspective.  See here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 21, 2012 at 20:43 — No Comments

The involvement of users and carers in social work education: a practice benchmarking study

This is a report on work that the College of Social Work and the GSCC commissioned SWEP to do, to look at how involvement is happening  across the HE sector - using GSCC monitoring information and some interviews with user involvement leads.  See here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 21, 2012 at 20:30 — No Comments

Social and Behavioural Sciences Teaching in Medicine Conference: Current state of the art and future directions

Friday 6 July 2012. Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences

Call for Abstracts

BeSST (Behavoural and Social Sciences Teaching) in Medicine invites proposals for oral presentations and workshops on topics related to any aspects of teaching social and/or behavioural science in medicine.

The aims of the conference are to stimulate…


Added by Lynn Tang on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 — No Comments

A career in psychiatry - new RCP publication

'Make a difference, improve lives: a career in psychiatry'.  New publication from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 2, 2012 at 0:00 — No Comments

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Croatia: out of institutions, into the world

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

More than 8,200 people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in Croatia remain in segregated institutions and psychiatric hospitals with little control over decisions that affect their lives, Human Rights Watch said. While the Croatian government has made some progress in protecting the rights of people with disabilities, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living arrangements has been limited and slow. In a video released by Human Rights Watch,…


1000 conversations: speaking out on mental health

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:34 0 Comments

Stories of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties - shared on the Centre for Mental Health website. 

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Quality in Undergraduate Education: How Powerful Knowledge Disrupts Inequality

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

Globally, the appetite for higher education is great, but what do students and societies gain? Quality in Undergraduate Education foregrounds the importance of knowledge acquisition at university. Many argue that university education is no longer a public good due to the costs incurred by students who are then motivated by the promise of lucrative employment rather than by studying a discipline for its own sake. McLean, Abbas and Ashwin, however, reveal a…


International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:55 0 Comments

'The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) was created to respond to a glaring need in mental health: to develop ways for helping people withdraw from psychiatric drugs.

Mental health has failed to provide support to people who want to reduce or withdraw from their psychiatric drugs. Often, people are simply told it is a bad idea, and thus are left to try to reduce or withdraw without the support they need.

Indeed, psychiatric drugs have been…


Life of the Mind Interrupted: essays on mental health and disability in higher education

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:43 0 Comments

The essays in this book cover topics such as disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. Written for a popular audience, for those with disabilities and for those who want to learn more about living a disabled life, Life of the Mind Interrupted aims to make higher education, and the rest of our society, more humane.…


All is not well - comics about care

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

I See You is about a girl being cared for by her father after being discharged from psychiatric hospital. The father cares emotionally and practically. He stays present in response to the girl’s anger and despair and tries metaphorically to give the girl her childhood back.

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Medicated Stable: animated film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 15:16 0 Comments

Medicated Stable is an animated film that explores some of the experiences of mental health treatment, support and recovery in Southampton. Funded by NHS England, this animated film produced by Healthwatch Southampton is based on ‘Barriers and Facilitators for promoting recovery in mental health’ a research paper co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and the University of Southampton.…


Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 16, 2017 at 14:08 0 Comments

Britain’s first university centre dedicated to improving mental health in schools has opened.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools has been established at Leeds Beckett University.

Similar centres already exist in the US and Canada. Its aim is to create a network of educators, mental health practitioners and …


Trauma informed education in mental health nursing

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 15, 2017 at 10:32 0 Comments

Stirling University film  looking at MH through a Trauma Lens featuring staff, graduates & clinicians.

View it here.

Mental Health Occupational Therapy Interventions and Outcomes Network

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 0 Comments

MOTION is a collaboration between researchers, service users, clinicians and educators committed to improving outcomes in mental health occupational therapy by advancing research.

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