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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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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