March 2013 Blog Posts (22)

Inquiry into the future of mental health services in the UK

The Mental Health Foundation is undertaking a major Inquiry into the future of mental health services across the UK, looking 20-30 years ahead at what sort of mental health care and support we will need, and how we might ensure it is achieved. The Inquiry is co-chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew and Professor Dinesh Bhugra. It expects to report this autumn.

You can find out more about the Inquiry …


Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2013 at 16:19 — No Comments

Sanism, ‘Mental Health’, and Social Work/Education: A Review and Call to Action

Sanism, ‘Mental Health’, and Social Work/Education: A Review and Call to Action

Jennifer M. Poole, Tania Jivraj, Araxi Arslanian, Kristen Bellows, Sheila Chiasson, Husnia Hakimy, Jessica Pasini, and Jenna Reid


Sanism is a devastating form of oppression, often leading to negative stereotyping or arguments… Continue

Added by julie gosling on March 21, 2013 at 11:56 — 2 Comments

How can universities support disadvantaged communities?: new report

Universities can support disadvantaged communities by providing access to opportunities and facilities, resources and expertise.  This study shows how universities are successfully engaging with these communities, and highlights the potential for universities to do more and to do it better. It found that:

  • Universities could do more to support disadvantaged communities by using their distinctive position as leading local institutions, and by recognising the role they can play as…

Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 16:31 — No Comments

Education and Learning: sociological perspectives. Call for Papers

Wednesday 25 September 2013, University of Surrey

This one-day conference, supported by the British Sociological Association’s Education Study Group, will showcase the diverse and innovative range of research that is currently being conducted within the Sociology of Education.  

Conference Organisers: Rachel Brooks (University of Surrey), Kalwant Bhopal…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 12:18 — No Comments

Patient and Public Involvement in HE - student essay competiton - deadline is 3 May

Closing Date - 12 noon Friday 3rd May 2013

The Higher Education Academy (HEA), Health and Social Care Cluster (HSSC) encourages students to share their experiences of service user engagement and Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) in higher education in a number of ways via writing for publication, abstracts for posters at our conference, workshops and by becoming a member of a network for those with a special interest in PPI; the Lived Experience Network (LEN).

To encourage…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Royal College of Psychiatrists - March e-newsletter

The Royal College of Psychiatrists produces an informative monthly e-newsletter.  See here for the latest issue.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 11:46 — No Comments

An Avalanche is Coming - Higher Education and the Revolution ahead

This recent report may be of interest.

An Avalanche is Coming sets out vividly the challenges ahead for higher education, not just in the US or UK but around the world. Just as we’ve seen the forces of technology and globalisation transform sectors such as media and communications or banking and finance over the last two decades, these forces may now transform higher education. The solid classical buildings of great universities may look permanent but the storms of change now threaten…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2013 at 11:40 — No Comments

Philosophy and Psychiatry: Just the Facts

[Reblogged from my blog.  Thanks for the suggestion, Julie!]

As readers know, I’ve been fuming for the last several days about the latest Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology issue–specifically the near total exclusion/marginalization of service users (not to mention women and ethnic racial minorities).  I decided to take a look at PPP’s…


Added by Nev Jones on March 19, 2013 at 19:17 — 4 Comments


The report and the statement are together groundbreaking contributions to global efforts to mainstream standards of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) across all human rights mechanisms. This has been a key strand of MDAC’s advocacy for the last three years. The word… Continue

Added by julie gosling on March 19, 2013 at 8:51 — No Comments

Innovative learning for sexual, reproductive and mental health - Workshop for female mental health service users- 19 April 2013

Dear Readers

At the Centre for Women's Mental Health in the University of Manchester, we are offering a FREE half day workshop for female mental health service users who wish to improve their knowledge about sexual and reproductive health matters

and their interaction with mental health. Participants will be introduced to an innovative online resource (…


Added by DINA POURSANIDOU on March 18, 2013 at 23:21 — 2 Comments

Dialogue with Professor K

Cast of Characters:  Nev, Professor K (editor of prominent philosophy of psychiatry journal), Chorus (only heard by audience)

N: So, Professor, I’ve noticed that there are virtually no articles or responses in your journal written by individuals–academically or non-academically trained–with lived experience…?

PK:  Well, yes, you did realize that it’s a philosophy journal, didn’t you?

Chorus to…


Added by Nev Jones on March 18, 2013 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (JPAAP) - Call for Papers and Reviewers

Volume 1 Issue 1

Deadline: 5 April 2013

The Editorial Board are delighted to announce the first call for papers or other contributions for Volume 1 Issue 1 of the new Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice.

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (JPAAP) is an open access e-journal of research and practice development in higher and further education. The journal aims to provide a publishing outlet to allow…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2013 at 21:47 — No Comments

2013 Student Wellbeing Web Summit

An online event by Mental Wealth UK and Open Your Mind, bringing together the best learnings, opinions and resources for promoting student wellbeing and developing university campuses into communities that support the flourishing of their members. Further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2013 at 10:45 — No Comments

Mental health and LGBT asylum seekers


I would be interested in any information that anyone has about mental health of LGBT asylum seekers.  This might include  access to support, issues and experiences etc. 

Thank you


Added by Kate Karban on March 11, 2013 at 18:54 — No Comments

Origins: The evolution and impact of psychological science. Teaching resource.

Psychology, the study of the human mind and behaviour, has a long history. Rooted in philosophy and science, the history of psychology encompasses many discoveries and theories that have helped shape our understanding of human behaviour. The effects of some of these psychological discoveries have an impact on our everyday lives, sometimes in surprising ways. Psychology has evolved in many ways over the last 150 years and continues to evolve today.

'Origins: The evolution and impact of…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 5, 2013 at 20:35 — No Comments

DiscursiveofTunbridgeWells - new blog

This new blog is authored by the Psychology Programme at Salomons, Canterbury…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 5, 2013 at 20:23 — No Comments

Complex Trauma and Its Effects: Perspectives on creating an environment for recovery

This handbook brings together the experiences and perspectives of people working with trauma in a wide range of fields, and explores the innovative ways in which they each seek to overcome the problems they face, while relating this to new thinking that is altering our understanding of a complex medical and social issue.

Topics include:

  • the neuro and social science behind complex trauma and personality disorders
  • the effects of chronic neglect and abuse on…

Added by Jill Anderson on March 2, 2013 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Thou Art: community-based art practice, wellbeing and progression

Thou Art is a multi-partnership, user led research and development project exploring community-based art practice and its links to well-being and progression opportunities in the lives of mental health service users. A major component of Thou Art is a film based on interviews with artists who have a history of mental illness, and made by the artists involved on the project. It illuminates the barriers to artistic expression and production encountered by the artists, the ways in which some of…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health - new website

The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health (JCPMH) is co-chaired by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of General Practitioners. It is a collaboration between seventeen leading organisations, inspiring commissioners to improve mental health and wellbeing, using a values…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 12:23 — No Comments

MindEd: e-learning to support healthy young minds

The Department of Health has commissioned an e-learning programme, providing educational advice, learning, and support for training, to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people. The MindEd e-learning programme is targeted at the one million adults who come into contact with children and young people in a professional or voluntary capacity.

See here for further details and an associated…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 1, 2013 at 12:19 — No Comments

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Academic Ableism: Disability and higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of…

Drayton Park women's crisis house - interview with Shirley McNicholas

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 16:21 0 Comments

Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke.…


Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 0 Comments

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Oppressed majority - film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 0 Comments

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 0 Comments

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…


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.…


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