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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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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