March 2016 Blog Posts (23)

Psychocompulsion and Workfare

A number of organisations have come together under the banner of Mental Wealth Foundation to challenge the coercive strategies the current regime has used since it came to power as part of the coalition in 2010

To gain a better understanding of these issues The Mental Health Resistance Network recently produced this film entitled Psychocompulsion and Workfare.

View the film

See also 'Bin…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 22, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

More information from us!

Research: The University of Bolton – To understand how people with mental health conditions use social media for support and information.

Ethical Approval and Funding:

The University of Bolton’s Ethical Committee have granted ethical approval of this research. A copy of ethical approval can be sent on request.

The research is being carried out by members of educational staff at the University in…


Added by Laura Clarry on March 21, 2016 at 22:20 — No Comments

New and looking for help!

Hi all,

I've joined MHHE and I'll be 100% honest I don't know all that much about it.  However,  I do plan to read more and find out.  Despite my newness here I'd like to ask for a little help from anyone reading.

I am currently providing voluntary assistance to both Dr. Julie Prescott and Dr. Gill Allen of the University of Bolton.  An ongoing research project of theirs is looking at how people use social media in relation to mental health; do people gain informal support from…


Added by Laura Clarry on March 21, 2016 at 22:16 — No Comments

Why do I come to MHHE?

Why do I come to MHHE?  Good question.  The truth is that I haven't really participated in MHHE in any consistent manner.  I dip in and out, depending on the things that come up on Jill's regular announcements.  Again, thanks to Jill, some of my own blogging about mental health in academia has been shared - though I have been very quiet on this front for a while.

It is partly an ambivalence about identification with the categories of 'mental health service user', 'depression', 'mad…


Added by Simon Warren on March 21, 2016 at 12:15 — 1 Comment

Mental health and sport in higher education.

Since 2014, British Universities and Collegest Sport (BUCS) has been working with Student Minds to develop a package of support which can be offered to universities across the country, using sport as a tool to support mental wellbeing. A training programme has been piloted and is now being expanded. It  is currently being delivered to equip HE sport staff to deliver and cascade a mental health training module to their own university clubs and sports teams.…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Queer Youth, Suicide and Self-Harm: Troubled Subjects, Troubling Norms

This book prioritises the perspectives of queer young people, including those who have experience of self-harming or feeling suicidal. Presenting analysis based on research carried out with young people both online and face-to-face, the authors offer a critical perspective on the role of norms in the production of self-harming and suicidal youth.


Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

The Arts and Dementia (TANDEM) Doctoral Training Centre: Two funded PhD studentships

The Alzheimer’s Society has funded eight Doctoral Training Centres to help to increase knowledge and build capacity in dementia research. TANDEM is the Doctoral Training Centre that has been funded to explore The Arts anDementia. It is a partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 17, 2016 at 17:22 — No Comments

Improving public discussion about inequality: a briefing paper by Psychologists against Austerity

Public attitudes towards inequality are complex. People generally believe that some occupations should be paid more than others. But they also believe that the gap between the highest and lowest paid is too great. Many members of the public appear to feel that inequality is inevitable and that there is little chance of reducing it. Media portrayals of poverty reinforce stereotypes of people living in poverty as ‘scroungers’. They maintain myths, such as “Poverty only exists because people…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 16, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

mhhe features on Somatosphere

Somatosphere is collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology and bioethics.  mhhe recently featured on it. 

Read the article here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 15, 2016 at 16:32 — No Comments

Funding for service user and carer involvement on AMHP programmes.

I have recently received this query from an AMHP programme lead. Does anyone have any thoughts to share?

"How are other AMHP programmes managing to financially support user and carer involvement?  We are not able to access the money to support user involvement that comes from the DoH as part of qualifying social work training as AMHP is post qualifying  - and of course this is likely to end anyway.  There is also less money available within the university. 

This is having an…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 15, 2016 at 16:06 — No Comments

Embodying Social Justice. Roehampton University. 10th -11th June 2016

This conference is for those with an interest in the links between social justice and therapeutic practice. It is an opportunity to explore the role that embodiment may have in this relationship: our social, psychological and biological being.  The conference will look at how social and political conditions impact on the bodies of our clients and ourselves; and how, as consciously embodied beings, we can develop new and radical approaches to promoting social change. 



Added by Heather Allan on March 15, 2016 at 10:57 — No Comments

The meanings of recovery: A dialogue across the sociologies of mental health, physical illness, injury and addiction

The University of Surrey will be hosting a two-day Symposium (11th/12th July 2016) on ‘The meanings of recovery: A dialogue across the sociologies of mental health, physical illness, injury and addiction’.  Confirmed speakers/workshop conveners include Diana Rose, Sarah Nettleton, Hilary Thomas, Sarah Earthy, Ewen Speed, Graham Scambler, Iain Wilkinson, Emma Wincup, Jim Roe, Paul Stoneman.  Dr Lynne Friedli will also give a public lecture on the evening of the 11th.…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2016 at 17:06 — No Comments

Counselling experiences of male victims of domestic violence - research study - call for participants

Researchers at the University of Sunderland are currently looking for participants to take part in a research study investigating the experiences of counselling for male victims of domestic violence in the UK. The study is funded by the University of Sunderland for this academic year, and all interviews need to be completed by the end of July as the funding ends then. Although we have been advertising the study through a number of partner agencies for 6-8 weeks, we have not received any…


Added by Jeannette Roddy on March 11, 2016 at 17:51 — No Comments

Learning and teaching about depression

This is an evolving collection of links, on bundlr, aiming to support learning and teaching about depression.

See here.

Please contribute other helpful resources. 

You may also like to view our collections of links on: 

Wellbeing and academia…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 10, 2016 at 11:46 — 1 Comment

The man who closed the Asylums - by John Foot

In 1961, when Franco Basaglia arrived outside the grim walls of the Gorizia asylum, on the Italian border with Yugoslavia, it was a place of horror, a Bedlam for the mentally sick and excluded, redolent of Basaglia’s own wartime experience inside a fascist gaol. Patients were frequently restrained for long periods, and therapy was largely a matter of electric and insulin shocks. The corridors stank, and for many of the interned the doors were locked for life. This was a concentration…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 9, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Spring 2016 issue of Asylum Magazine.

Asylum magazine is a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatry or mental health. The magazine is not-for-profit and run by a collective of unpaid volunteers.  This issue is the first of the year in which Asylum celebrates being 30.

The summer issue is planned as a collection of perceptions from people active in the field. If you would like to contribute material,…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 9, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Photography and mental health

Links to photographic resources that may be of use in learning and teaching about mental health. 


Added by Jill Anderson on March 8, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Journal of Public Mental health

Journal of Public Mental Health (JPMH) focuses on the research, policy and practice that put mental well-being at the heart of the public health agenda.  JPMH provides a double blind peer-reviewed forum for dissemination and debate on all aspects of public mental health.

This international interdisciplinary journal welcomes contributions from all sectors involved in public mental health and covers:

  • Policy analysis from a public mental health…

Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

How can we incorporate more Mental Health Promotion into professional programmes?

Woody Caan has posed the question:

'How can we incorporate more Mental Health Promotion into professional programmes?'

England has particular problems of inequality.  For example, at least 10% of its children grow up with economic and social disadvantages (that is over 1 million young people), with devastating impacts on their mental health and wellbeing.  Farmer’s…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

The up-goer five text editor

Can you describe a complex topic using only the thousand most common English words?  It's harder than it looks.

This resource may be helpful  - for both educators and students - in finding straightforward ways to communicate ideas, both verbally and in writing.

Give it a try here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 12:30 — 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…


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…


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…

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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.



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