March 2015 Blog Posts (26)

Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age - Liverpool

It is commonly noted that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health issue at some time in their lives. What is less often discussed is why in a wealthy and technologically advanced part of the world, so many of us continue to struggle with poor mental health.

For many the presence of digital technologies is exasperating this problem, by altering our sense of self and our social relationships. Meanwhile, others suggest that technological innovation is a…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2015 at 11:02 — No Comments

Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

The loss of reason, a sense of alienation from the commonsense world we all like to imagine we inhabit, the shattering emotional turmoil that seizes hold and won’t let go—these are some of the traits we associate with madness. Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense of it through religion or the supernatural, or by constructing psychological or social explanations in an effort to tame the demons of…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 19:44 — No Comments

Mental Health Taskforce launched

As signalled in the NHS Five Year Forward View, a new Taskforce is being established to develop a new five year national strategy for mental health, for people of all ages across England.

It will explore the variation in the availability of mental health services across England, look at the outcomes for people who are using services, and identify key priorities for improvement. It will…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Lived Experience Network

The Lived Experience Network - originally established with support of the Higher Education Academy - is for people with a shared interest in patient & public involvement (PPI) in higher education.  You can find out more from their web pages.

 
The next LEN showcase…
Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 15:41 — No Comments

Fit Mind, Fit Job: from evidence to practice in mental health and work

The costs of mental ill-health for individuals, employers and society at large are enormous. Mental distress is responsible for a very significant loss of potential labour supply, high rates of unemployment, and a high incidence of sickness absence and reduced productivity at work. Following an introductory report (Sick on the Job: Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work) and nine country reports, this final synthesis report summarizes the findings from the participating…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 15:38 — No Comments

Using Social Media to Widen Young People's Participation in Social Work Education: new report

Using a systematic review approach, this study set out to identify social media resources currently used by service users to share knowledge and experience, in order that they could be used to widen young people’s participation in social work education. Resources found were included in a database available to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to support and promote the use of these sites.…
Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Asylum magazine - latest issue, on mental health in comics, out now!

Asylum magazine is a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatry or mental health. Asylum especially welcomes contributions from service users or ex-users (or survivors), carers, and frontline psychiatric or mental health workers (anonymously, if you wish). The magazine is not-for-profit and run by a collective of unpaid volunteers. Asylum Collective is open to anyone who wants to help produce and develop the magazine, working in a spirit of equality. Please…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 24, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

University Involvement Groups.

I've updated the list of University involvement groups.  Do you know of others?  Please let me know: j.anderson@lancaster.ac.uk

Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 19:04 — No Comments

The language of wellbeing

This document has been written as a companion piece to the National Involvement Partnership (NIP) 4PI Standards for Involvement. It aims to: 1) introduce readers to the language of mental wellbeing by providing an overview of terms that have been, and continue to be used in this area. 2) provide a resource, alongside the Service User Involvement in Policy and Carer Involvement documents, that enables readers to use it for reference purposes. 3) report on the findings of a recent survey of…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 18:16 — No Comments

The Recovery Letters

This resource, which may well be of use in teaching, can be found here

'The Recovery Letters started as an idea when I was staying at Maytree Respite Centre in November 2011.

My depression was very acute and I lost many things in my life, my job, concentration, some friends, the ability to read, nearly my life and all hope. I had suicide attempts and intrusive suicidal thoughts…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 18:06 — No Comments

A call for innovative learning resources in mental health

Mental Health 4 Life is a national learning resource to promote mental health and well being, prevent poor mental health and improve early intervention. The initiative is supported by the National Clinical Director for Mental Health at NHS England, Dr. Geraldine Strathdee, and key system partners. The organisers are looking for evidence-based learning and training resources for use by the people working in public services (non-mental health specialists) in order to promote mental health and…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 20, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Open Dialogue seminars - hosts and venues sought.

'During the course of the week of 22nd to 26th June 2015 Nick Putman and Mia Kurtti will be travelling across the UK to lead one day seminars to introduce the Open Dialogue approach. Please use the form on the link below to express your interest in hosting one of the seminars in your area and/or helping to run the seminar. They are looking for venues with a capacity of around 200 people which either have built in seating (at ground level rather than tiered) or where seating can be arranged.…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2015 at 17:37 — No Comments

Landscapes of Helping: kindliness in neighbourhoods and communities

The giving and receiving of informal acts of help, or kindliness, is taken for granted in many communities. However this is an area which is little researched or understood.

This paper finds that:

  • As well as the social and physical environment, we also need to understand conflicting emotions and messages about help and support, and the complex ways in which people negotiate these.

  • Individualism, self-reliance and ideals of independence can impact on…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 17, 2015 at 16:55 — No Comments

Service user and carer support project officer: Vacancy at UCLAN

This fixed term post (1 year) provides an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to UCLan's long established SUCAG (Service User and Carer Advisory Group) initiative which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014.  SUCAG provides a central hub for co-ordination and facilitation of service user and carer involvement across social care programmes at UCLan.  SUCAG is service user and carer led and seeks to embed authentic service user and carer voices within social care…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 16, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

DUCIE network

The Developers of User and Carer Involvement in Education (DUCIE) network now has a twitter feed: @ducienetwork

For more details about the network, see HERE.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Call for contributions: Book on Mental Distress and Space

Mental Distress and Space: Community and Clinical Applications

 

Laura McGrath & Paula Reavey (eds)

 

The change from an institutional to community care model of…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 16:19 — No Comments

A day in the life - (how) are you using this to learn and teach?

A snapshot of the lives, and wellbeing of people who experience mental health difficulties in England

Visit the website

Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Patient Voices digitial stories - a wonderful teaching resource.

The Patient Voices digital stories use video, audio, still images and music to convey patients', carers', practitioners' and managers' own stories in a unique way. They are intended to touch the hearts of managers, clinicians and others striving to improve the quality of health and social care, and our workshops being are increasingly used to engage with, and evidence outputs from, the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and patient engagement agendas, together with being used to provide…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 13, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Shape of Caring Review report published.

The Shape of Caring Review report, commissioned by Health Education England (HEE) in partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now been published. In the report Lord Willis, Chair of the review, makes 34 recommendations for the future education and training of nurses and care assistants.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2015 at 22:25 — No Comments

Knowledge and skills for social workers in adult services

The knowledge and skills statement sets out for the first time, what a social worker with adults is expected to know and be able to do after their first year in employment. It also places a strong emphasis on the role of employers and the training and support they must provide to deliver quality social workers. The statement will inform a more rigorous approach to how the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) is being applied and assessed.…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2015 at 22:21 — No Comments

Monthly Archives

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

Blog Posts

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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,…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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.

Watch the video

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…

Continue

© 2017   Created by Jill Anderson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service