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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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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