March 2017 Blog Posts (22)

When it all comes crashing down: navigating crisis

This Icarus project handbook may be of interest to educators, students, practitioners and the people they support.

When you or someone close to you goes into crisis, it can be the scariest thing to ever happen. You don’t know what to do, but it seems like someone’s life might be at stake or they might get locked up, and everyone around is getting stressed and panicked. Most people have either been there themselves or know a friend who has been there. Someone’s personality starts to…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2017 at 18:09 — No Comments

Soul Relics Project

Can you contribute your story alongside others who have been/ are going through recovery?

A recent psychology graduate is developing a storytelling and mental health platform with the ultimate aim of curating a museum exhibition.  Soul relics Museum is a platform for…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Crazy: the film - new documentary

In 2011, Eric, diagnosed schizophrenic, faced a critical choice - whether to comply with traditional mental health treatment or follow his own path to wellness. Eric’s doctors want to medicate him for his own protection...but after eight years of psych meds, Eric wants to refuse drugs he believes may harm him.

With extraordinary access, CRAZY explores both sides of the story. Eric, his father and his attorney argue passionately for Eric’s right to make his own medical decisions.…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 28, 2017 at 8:15 — 4 Comments

Critiquing personality disorder - new book

Publisher's blurb: 'In order to work effectively with people with personality disorders it is important that Mental Health Social Workers (MHSWs) have a clear understanding of trauma and its impact on the person. It is also important that they have good relational skills and the support of the team and organisation. Drawing on an analysis of the similarities (and differences) in service user and MHSWs’ perspectives, the book outlines the further skills, knowledge and conditions that…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 27, 2017 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Medication free treatment in Norway

From Mad in America: 'Åsgård psychiatric hospital in Tromsø, Norway is a rather tired-looking facility, its squat buildings mindful of institutional architecture from the Cold War era, and in terms of its geographic location, it could hardly be located further from the centers of western psychiatry. Tromsø lies 215 miles north of the Arctic Circle, with tourists coming during the winter months to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Yet it is in this…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Committed: the battle over involuntary psychiatric care - new book

In Committed, psychiatrists Dinah Miller and Annette Hanson offer a thought-provoking and engaging account of the controversy surrounding involuntary psychiatric care in the United States. They bring the issue to life with first-hand accounts from patients, clinicians, advocates, and opponents. Looking at practices such as seclusion and restraint, involuntary medication, and involuntary electroconvulsive therapy―all within the context of civil rights―Miller and…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2017 at 11:07 — No Comments

Democratising health: service user participation, co-production and advocacy for social justice - Call for Papers

International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (IJHRH) is a double-blind peer reviewed journal with a unique practical approach to promoting equality, inclusion and human rights in health and social care.   The journal explores what is currently known about international discrimination and disadvantage, with a focus on issues influencing the health of populations. Content considers the social determinants of health, equity and interventions that help to overcome barriers…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 12:51 — No Comments

'Reclaiming our university' manifesto

The movement 'Reclaiming Our University' has written a Manifesto to reclaim the academic world and reshape it in a more communal sense.  Further details are HERE.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 11:34 — No Comments

Critical Global Health - new mailing list

The list is for the communication and exchange of information on workshops, conferences, call for papers, jobs, books, articles, films, blogs and websites related to global health and its study by critically-minded scholars in the social sciences and humanities.

Click here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 21, 2017 at 11:00 — 3 Comments


AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it in the classroom as an educational tool or at work as a creative brainstorming tool. Post it in a tweet or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook.

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2017 at 22:21 — No Comments

Asylum 24.1 - Out now!

This issue is the second in atwo-part series highlighting new and original work on the theme of Mad Studies – inspired by the second Mad Studies stream at the Lancaster Disability Studies conference in September 2016 .

'It must be a sign of the times. Mad Studies comes…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 16, 2017 at 17:04 — No Comments

Emerging Proud

Normalising spiritual experiences is fundamentally a Human Rights issue.

Article 9 of the Human Rights Act states a right to Freedom of thought, belief and Religion. And yet certain spiritual beliefs are still being pathologised as mental illness.

The inclusion in the DSM-IV (1994; Diagnostic and statistical manual) of a diagnostic category called “Religious or Spiritual Problem” was heralded as a significant breakthrough. It was intended as an acknowledgment…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 16, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Details of five recent articles on service user and carer involvement in education

Petra Videmšek (2017): Expert by experience research as grounding for social work education, Social Work Education
This article is based on an investigation that involves five experts by experience in the field of mental health and eight students of social work. Both groups investigated the experiences of people with mental ill-health living in group homes. The article identifies the advantages if the researchers are expert by experience and the…

Added by Jill Anderson on March 15, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health: theory, research and practice: new book

First published in 2005, and now extensively updated and with a new title, The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health challenges the use of psychiatric diagnoses and makes a powerful case for the effectiveness of person-centred approaches as the alternative way to work with people who would otherwise be diagnosed with severe mental illnesses. This second edition captures the significant changes in recent years in how mental health and ill health is conceptualised and…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2017 at 14:11 — No Comments

The positive lexicography project

An evolving index of 'untranslatable' words related to wellbeing from across the world's languages.

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2017 at 11:11 — No Comments

What are critical mad perspectives and why do they matter? Blog post by Lois Didyk

During her graduate studies in social work at Ryerson University in Canada last year, Lois Didyk did a research project called Centering Sanism – Stories & Visions for Mad Positive Mental Health. Essentially, this was an academic representation of her real-life process of decolonizing* the way she thinks about, and practices, her community mental health work.

Read it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 10, 2017 at 12:21 — No Comments

Psychiatric and mental health nursing: the craft of caring. New edition.

This new edition of a bestselling textbook has been edited by Mary Chambers. See here for further details and below for the chapter titles.

Section 1: Aspects of mental health nursing

1 The nature…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Spiritually competent practice in healthcare - new book

This practical guide tackles the important issues of spirituality in health care, emphasising the role of organisations in developing a culture of leadership and management that facilitates spiritual care. Spirituality is a central part of holistic care that addresses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of care in an integrated way.

The chapters are written by experts in their fields, pitched at the practitioner level rather than addressing ‘spirituality’ as a purely…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2017 at 13:08 — No Comments

Reimagining professionalism in mental health: towards coproduction - Talking Head videos

Reimagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production - a seven part ESRC seminar series - has focused onon developing new approaches to professionalism in mental health.

Each seminar has focused on a particular topic: the first two seminars set the scene with a focus on co-production and democratic professionalism and on people's lived experience of co-production.

The seminars which followed considered how changes to practice, policy and education in mental…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Open Call: Collaborative project with artist sean burn

Supported by Arts Council England, Change Makers

Monday 24 April, 19.00 – 20.30 and Tuesday 25 April, 10.30 – 16.30

The Art House, Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE

The Art House is inviting applications from artists and writers with lived experience of mental distress to join artist sean burn for an unreliable narrator tour on Tuesday 25 April, as part of his residency at The Art House. Starting at The Art House,…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 5, 2017 at 21:26 — No Comments

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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,…


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…


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…


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.…


All is not well - comics about care

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

I See You is about a girl being cared for by her father after being discharged from psychiatric hospital. The father cares emotionally and practically. He stays present in response to the girl’s anger and despair and tries metaphorically to give the girl her childhood back.

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Medicated Stable: animated film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 15:16 0 Comments

Medicated Stable is an animated film that explores some of the experiences of mental health treatment, support and recovery in Southampton. Funded by NHS England, this animated film produced by Healthwatch Southampton is based on ‘Barriers and Facilitators for promoting recovery in mental health’ a research paper co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and the University of Southampton.…


Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 16, 2017 at 14:08 0 Comments

Britain’s first university centre dedicated to improving mental health in schools has opened.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools has been established at Leeds Beckett University.

Similar centres already exist in the US and Canada. Its aim is to create a network of educators, mental health practitioners and …


Trauma informed education in mental health nursing

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 15, 2017 at 10:32 0 Comments

Stirling University film  looking at MH through a Trauma Lens featuring staff, graduates & clinicians.

View it here.

Mental Health Occupational Therapy Interventions and Outcomes Network

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 0 Comments

MOTION is a collaboration between researchers, service users, clinicians and educators committed to improving outcomes in mental health occupational therapy by advancing research.

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