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/



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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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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…

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Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…

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The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…
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While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…

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Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…

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Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…

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Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…

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With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.



Guest Editors: 


Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK gillcov17@gmail.com…

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Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.

You…

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