March 2014 Blog Posts (27)

AMHP programme leads discussion this week

Hi,

We have another on-line discussion scheduled here for Wednesday 4 - 5pm.  Last time we had an excellent and wide-ranging discussion and it was good to be able to share ideas and experiences.  If you are leading an AMHP course please feel free to join in.  

Please contact me  (k.karban@bradford.ac.uk) or via the messages here, if you have any questions.

Thanks

Kate 

Added by Kate Karban on March 31, 2014 at 13:57 — No Comments

Social workers must employ "everyday small actions of resistance" to revolt against austerity-based poor bashing

Austerity is being deliberately targeted at poorer people who depend on public services, a BASW Cymru World Social Work Day event heard.

University of Wolverhampton academic Graeme Simpson told social workers at Cardiff University that disabled people are being particularly hard hit by service closures and tougher eligibility criteria. He said that councils will be forced to make cuts of nearly 75% by 2018-19, with more than half affecting services and benefits.

Mr Simpson used…

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Added by Mike Bush on March 30, 2014 at 11:35 — No Comments

Creative Responses to Difficult Times: new issue of Asylum out now

"Creative Responses to Difficult Times"

Fantastic new special issue of Asylum Magazine out now!



"In our work around psychological life and its difficulties, we also

want to prioritise the ordinary resources and creativity that people

bring to the task of making meaning of their experience...."



Preview at:

http://www.asylumonline.net/portfolio/21-1-spring-2014/



IS…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 28, 2014 at 16:39 — No Comments

How to look after yourself: our professional resilience debate

On 6 March TCSW held its second debate on the new Communities of Interest platform, on the topic of professional resilience.

Given the stories that have been published over the last few weeks about stress and burn out in mental health and NHS…

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Added by Mike Bush on March 28, 2014 at 4:13 — No Comments

What is happening at the Seclusion Review that makes a difference? – a consumer led research study

This is a unique and important initiative. It is an Australian consumer led research program that has engaged with people who have experienced seclusion, have been involved in review of practice, and have shaped and developed the policy for this component of the ACT mental health service.



The report describes the research processes, and the engagement with the challenges of seclusion, it is a ‘beacon’ for those who experience a mental illness, those who provide their care and for…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 27, 2014 at 9:52 — No Comments

Physician, know thyself: digital stories on the theme of compassion and humanity

In2014, to address the GMC's avowed aim that “Tomorrow's doctors will] continually and systematically reflect on practice…" (GMC 2009), Pilgrim Projects/Patient Voices created and ran module at Kings College London, based on their earlier work at the University of Leicester Medical School (www.patientvoices.org.uk/lssc.htm) to provide a group of third-year medical students with the opportunity, environment, support and skills with which…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 27, 2014 at 9:36 — No Comments

MindEd website launches today: elearning to support healthy young minds

"With three-quarters of adult mental disorders in evidence by the age of 21, effective early intervention can be essential in preventing the development of ill health and disability'

Working with children and young people can be complicated. When problems arise, adults need to have information that they trust at hand. This gives them confidence to swiftly make the right decision for those in their care. The evidence shows that when mental health problems are…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2014 at 18:27 — No Comments

MSc Mental Health and Education

The MSc Mental Health and Education programme at the University of the WEst of Scotland is an innovative new subject discipline providing an interdisciplinary programme based on expertise from across the School of Education and the School of Health. A prime focus of the programme is on the nature of mental health in learning, teaching and training environments and how this might impact on learners, leaders of learning and other disciplinary groups such as psychologists, health professionals…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2014 at 17:49 — No Comments

Furiously Mad: 300 Years of legal insanity - People's History Museum, Manchester

People's History Museum, Manchester: 2 April to 6 July 2014

This fascinating exhibition reveals the legislative history relating to the treatment of people described as ‘Furiously Mad’ in a legal document in 1714 – through to the more recent treatment of the ‘mentally ill’. 

Pool Arts have been working on this Heritage Lottery funded exhibition, researching both mental health law and policy, whilst also developing their own…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2014 at 18:55 — No Comments

Address the specific needs of students in mental health commissioning: petition

Last month Student Minds launched a petition calling on the Department of Health to address the specific needs of students in the commissioning of mental health services, and to support the development of best practice guidelines on this issue for all Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Read more about it and sign the petition here:
http://www.studentminds.org.uk/transitions-campaign.html

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2014 at 14:34 — No Comments

Address the specific needs of students in mental health commissioning: petition

Last month Student Minds launched a petition calling on the Department of Health to address the specific needs of students in the commissioning of mental health services, and to support the development of best practice guidelines on this issue for all Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Read more about it and sign the petition here:
http://www.studentminds.org.uk/transitions-campaign.html

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2014 at 14:34 — No Comments

Mental health crisis care review : call for evidence

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CARE REVIEW – CALL FOR EVIDENCE FROM CARE QUALITY COMMISSION



We are asking people who experienced a mental health crisis within the last two years and tried to get help from their local services to tell us about the help, care and support they received. We are also encouraging carers to share their experiences, and local groups or organisations that work with people who have experienced a crisis and / or that have an interest in the quality of crisis care in… Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2014 at 14:27 — No Comments

Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry

CEP exists 'to communicate the evidence of the damaging effects of psychiatric drugs and treatments in the UK to the people and institutions that can make a difference. This evidence shows that psychiatric drugs, portrayed as useful and effective by many areas of the medical profession, can cause considerable harm to many patients, particularly when taken long term'. Its members include psychiatrists, academics, withdrawal support charities and others who are deeply…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 24, 2014 at 13:14 — No Comments

HEA call for nominations for this year’s Partnership Awards

To recognise and celebrate successful partnership working between staff and students, the HEA is calling for applications for two partnership awards, one of which is jointly awarded with the National Union of Students (NUS).

The first award, the HEA Student and Staff Partnership Award, invites joint submissions from staff and students who have worked together to effect change and enhance the student experience locally. This could be through a formal research or enhancement project, or…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 19, 2014 at 20:19 — No Comments

LIVED EXPERIENCE OF PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT

LIVED EXPERIENCE SURVEY ON…

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Added by julie gosling on March 19, 2014 at 16:12 — No Comments

Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum: Call for Examples of Current Practice

This project aims to gain insights in to approaches to learning, teaching and assessment that promote and support the wellbeing of both staff and students, across all disciplines in higher education.  Our primary focus is on the curriculum (and the role of those involved in its planning and delivery), rather than on student support services.

 

We are interested in approaches to curriculum planning, delivery and assessment which seek to:

·      minimise…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2014 at 9:38 — No Comments

Key Facts and Trends in Mental Health

2014 Update produced by the NHS Confederation. 

Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 15, 2014 at 18:41 — No Comments

mhhehub update: February/March 2014

Read the Update here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 14:12 — No Comments

Grand Challenges in Student Mental Health: report

Student Minds have identified Ten Grand Challenges in Student Mental Health: 

1 Fear of being judged.

2 Stress.

3 Finding the confidence to tell people you have a mental health problem or are

struggling.

4 Mental Health Problems are seen as a weakness.

5 Loneliness.

6 Finding the confidence to ask for help.

7 Slow and difficult process of referring students to specialist services.

8 Poor general understanding about mental health problems.

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 13:25 — No Comments

Keeping me safe and well assessment manual: a human rights based approach

Service user perspectives are often excluded from traditional approaches to risk assessment, which focus on professional views of risks and challenging behaviour. This manual takes a different approach; that of a human rights perspective. A human rights based approach (HRBA) to risk assessment balances the human rights of service users, their carers, and members of their communities. This is so we can, in effect, manage risk more positively. A HRBA looks at risk through a

‘Human Rights’…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 12:39 — 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…
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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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