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.

View the list

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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Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…


Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…


Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…


Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…


The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…


Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…


Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…


Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…

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