April 2013 Blog Posts (28)


Radio 4 series exploring the development of the science of psychology during the 20th century.  A whole range of episodes available online.  See here.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 30, 2013 at 17:47 — No Comments

Strictly Bipolar: New book

If the post-war period was called the 'Age of Anxiety' and the 1980s and '90s the 'Antidepressant Era', we now live in Bipolar times. Mood-stabilising medication is routinely prescribed to adults and children alike, with child prescriptions this decade increasing by 400% and overall diagnoses by 4000%. What could explain this explosion of bipolarity? Is it a legitimate diagnosis or the result of Big Pharma marketing? Exploring these questions, Darian Leader challenges the rise of 'bipolar'…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 30, 2013 at 13:19 — 4 Comments


Alternate Mental Health Communties

APR 29. Posted by prideinmadness reblogged in MHHEHUB by Julie Gosling


I say “alternate” for a lack of a better word. Chapter 4 in Mad Matters is called, “What Makes Us a Community? Reflection on Building Solidarity in Anti-sanist Praxis” by Shaindl… Continue

Added by julie gosling on April 30, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments


Film Premiere: "The Inmates are Running the Asylum"

Date: May 11, 2013

Location: Carnegie Community Centre, 401 Main Street (corner of Main and Hastings), Vancouver, BC Canada

An upcoming documentary about the Vancouver based Mental Patients Association: a radical mental health group founded in the 70s.

“Radical History must be public history and public history must be radical history. Activism, like history, begins with the telling.”

-Max Page,… Continue

Added by julie gosling on April 28, 2013 at 15:24 — No Comments

First-person accounts of psychosis: challenges for mental health professionals

Professorial Lecture - Professor Gail A Hornstein First-person accounts of psychosis: challenges for mental health professionals

Friday 31 May 2013 5 for 5.30pm Room 9130, Cantor Building, Sheffield Hallam University City Campus

Lecture supported by Sheffield Hallam University's Department of Nursing and Sheffield Arts and Wellbeing Network

A vast gulf exists between the way medicine explains psychiatric illness and the experiences of those who suffer. Professor…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2013 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Paths to personalisation in mental health: a whole system, whole life framework

Produced by the National Development Team for Inclusion, this guide aims to help all those involved understand how things will need to be done differently to make personalisation a reality for people with mental health needs. This is a whole system guide, so hopefully it will give some information, guidance and signposts for people, whoever and wherever they are. The guide provides information about what personalisation means for mental health services and supports, offers examples of what…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2013 at 16:07 — 1 Comment

Mad Matters: A critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies

Edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois, Robert Menzies and Geoffrey Reaume 

In 1981, Toronto activist Mel Starkman wrote: "An important new movement is sweeping through the western world.... The 'mad,' the oppressed, the ex-inmates of society's asylums are coming together and speaking for themselves."

Mad Matters brings together the writings of this vital movement, which has grown explosively in the years since. With contributions from scholars in numerous disciplines, as well as…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2013 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Website that may be of interest


This may be of interest.

Added by Bill Penson on April 23, 2013 at 20:55 — No Comments

Written by Voice: a history of resistance

This is a history of resistance to processes of medicalization of mental illness.  Hearing voices is still considered as a psychiatric illnes: Gruppo Voci tries to overcome through dialogue and listening, trying to give the experience of hearing voices a meaning. Their stories have become a book.

View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 21, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments


Mad Dance: A Mental Health Film Trilogy. by Ken Paul Rosenthal


Mad Dance is a trilogy of beautiful and provocative short documentary films that re-envision the way we think and speak about our individual and collective mental health in today's chaotic world. Anticipated DVD release, June 2013.


Added by julie gosling on April 19, 2013 at 20:16 — No Comments


Great post from Pride In Madness

Call Me Crazy: Stories from the Mad Movement

APR 15. Posted by prideinmadness


At 3 am I got the email saying Call Me Crazy: Stories from the Mad Movement by Irit Shimrat arrived at the library closest to and was ready… Continue

Added by julie gosling on April 15, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Self management of longer term depression: a guide for carers and professionals.

Training packs for carers and professionals living or working with people with long term depression are now available for download. These have been produced and piloted in collaboration with Sheffield User Survivor Trainers and are based on  research findings: 'IQuESTS: Understanding self-management: learning from the patient.'



Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:53 — No Comments

Social Perspectives Network - Spring 2013 newsletter

See here for the latest edition of this informative newsletter.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:46 — No Comments

Mental health service users in research: critical sociological perspectives.

This book aims to show the value but also the difficulties encountered in the application of 'insider knowledge' in service user research.Mental health service users in research considers ways of 'doing research' which bring multiple understandings together effectively, and explains the sociological use of autobiography and its relevance. It examines how our identity shapes the knowledge we produce, and asks why voices which challenge contemporary beliefs about health and the role of…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Bursaries for medical students and foundation doctors - mental health

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is keen to attract high calibre doctors to the specialty of psychiatry and to foster good attitudes towards psychiatry and the College as a whole.

The Psychiatry Trainees' Committee (PTC)  is pleased to offer bursaries for medical students and foundation doctors looking for financial support with their electives in psychiatry or to undertake research in the UK or overseas.…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:27 — No Comments

Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality

A major report demonstrating how parity between mental and physical health can be achieved has been published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.   The report, Whole-Person Care: From Rhetoric to Reality, defines parity as valuing mental health equally with physical health. It highlights the significant inequalities that exist between physical and mental health care, including…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:25 — No Comments

HEA launches student partnership awards

To recognise and celebrate partnerships with students, the HEA is launching two awards which will be presented at its annual conference, taking place on 3 - 4 July 2013 at the University of Warwick. The awards are built around the conference theme of Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience.

The first award is the HEA student and staff partnership award. This invites joint submissions from staff and students who have worked together to effect change and enhance the…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:23 — No Comments

Changing the Learning Landscape - Professional Development Programme

The Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL) Professional Development Programme offers exciting opportunities for academic staff and for those working in development and support roles to explore how learning technologies can enhance their work in practical and creative ways.

Further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:21 — No Comments

A practical guide to social media in mental health practice

This new 30-page guide is pitched at the novice and includes an introduction to social media and some very clear explanations about the different websites and techniques that you need to get up and running.

There are a number of case studies that illustrate the power and reach of Twitter, Facebook, online communities, mobile apps and blogs.

Read the guide.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2013 at 13:29 — 1 Comment

Employing consumer-providers in mental health services: new Cochrane review.

It is commonplace in the UK and elsewhere for mental health service users to start working alongside mental health professionals in what is known as a ‘consumer-provider’ role.  This can include a number of different skills and responsibilities such as peer support, advocacy, outreach and crisis support.

A new systematic review from the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group has just been published that assesses the “effects of employing current or past adult consumers of mental…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2013 at 13:26 — 1 Comment

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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 gillcov17@gmail.com…


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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