April 2017 Blog Posts (17)

Let's talk withdrawal - podcast series

Psychoactive prescription drugs (such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications) can be very difficult to stop taking.  This podcast series draws on real experiences of antidepressant treatment, including withdrawal and tapering, and the views of experts. A valuable resource for generating debate in teaching sessions.

Listen to the podcasts.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2017 at 21:06 — No Comments

The International Positive Education Network

The International Positive Education Network (IPEN) is an organization that brings together policy-makers, researchers, educators, parents, governments, schools, universities and institutions to support the vision of positive education. We believe in education that prepares people for a flourishing life. Part of our mission is to bring people together from around the world to share best practices, research and policy. We do this by hosting events around the world to engage people in a…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2017 at 13:59 — No Comments

Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing: spiritual interpretations of symptoms in medical practice

As human migration brings an ever more diverse range of people, cultures and beliefs into contact, Western medical systems must adapt to cater for the different approaches it encounters towards illness, the body, gender, mental health and death.

Based upon training courses taught by the author to staff at hospitals, mental health professionals, and on degree courses, this complete resource provides an essential foundation for understanding the complex and manifold approaches to…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 16:15 — No Comments

Socioeconomic factors and mental health: call for contributions

Palgrave Communications is an open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan dedicated to publishing high quality original research across all areas of the humanities and social sciences. Article proposals…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

HEA Practice Education Special Interest Group

Practice Education plays a vital role in providing experiential and work based learning to thousands of health and social care students across the UK. With such an important role in the education of future health and social care professionals the HEA are delighted to announce this inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The aims of the group is to support those educators who are responsible for the design, co-ordination and delivery of practice based education.…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:12 — No Comments

Practice Learning: Formats, Challenges and Solutions across the disciplines - online chat

Earlier this month the HEA health and social care team hosted the inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The day was focused on the use of practice learning in the development of health and social care professionals. However during the day we exposed a number of universal issues that carry weight in determining the success of education across the disciplines.

So our #HEAchat on Wednesday 26th April 2017 8pmGMT will try to highlight the…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:11 — No Comments

Why did I go Mad? - BBC Horizon programme

For hundreds of years, psychiatry has treated voices and hallucinations as an enemy - regarding them as 'insanity' or 'madness' and seeing them as something to be quashed and even frightened of. But today, new scientific and psychological insights into how the brain works are leading to a radical rethink on what such experiences are - and how they should be treated.

Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

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

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Guest Editors

Dr Karen Newbigging (lead)

School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, UK


June Sadd 

Survivor Consultant, Researcher and Trainer 


Dr Tayeb Alhafez 

Medical Officer, Synaptic…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 21, 2017 at 12:48 — No Comments

National Co-production week - 3-7 July 2017

Co-production Week will celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.

Co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that that offers people real choice and control.…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 22:55 — No Comments

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” - Call for contributions

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” Edited by Robin Alex McDonald

What is depression? … An “imagined sun, bright and black at the same time?” … A “noonday demon?” … A dead fish? In literature, comics, art, and film, we witness new conceptualizations of depression come into being. Unburdened by diagnostic criteria and pharmaceutical concerns, these media employ imagery, narrative, symbolism, and metaphor to forge imaginative, exploratory, and innovative…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 16:50 — No Comments

Building a new community psychology of mental health: spaces, places, people and activities - new book

This book provides a much-needed account of informal community-based approaches to working with mental distress. It starts from the premise that contemporary mainstream psychiatry and psychology struggle to capture how distress results from complex embodied arrays of social experiences that are embedded within specific historical, cultural, political and economic settings. The authors challenge mainstream understandings of mental health that position a naive public in need of mental…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2017 at 12:13 — No Comments

Teaching critical approaches to depression and anxiety when you are depressed and anxious - by Jane EM Callaghan

New blog bost by Jane EM Callaghan: 

"In the many years I have taught mental health, I have always wrestled with a fundamental contradiction. On the one hand, I have a political commitment to an anti-diagnostic, and anti-medicalisation stance. On the other hand, I have struggled life long with anxiety, trauma responses, and depression.

This year, I came to teach my classes on anxiety and depression 9 months into my treatment with duloxetine. This has been a life saving drug for…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2017 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

Society for Research into Higher Education conference: call for papers.

Higher Education rising to the challenge: Balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders

6-8 December 2017: Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, UK

The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) invites research contributions to this prestigious international higher education conference.

The SRHE International Research Conference attracts wide participation from researchers globally.

It provides a stimulating international forum for papers of an…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 6, 2017 at 12:14 — No Comments

Mental health practice: a risky business - call for papers

Mental Health Practice, a risky business?

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

Guest Editor: Dr Anne Felton

School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham


Risk is high on the mental health policy agenda; it is a core aspect of mental health professional practice which has gained increasing focus in recent years. The growth of the recovery philosophy in mental health care has…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 3, 2017 at 11:10 — No Comments

Crazywise: new film

Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. 

Further details, including terms for educational use.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 13:48 — No Comments

MHNAUK - notes of Hertfordshire meeting

Brief account of the latest Mental Health Nurse Academics UK meeting, at the University of Hertfordshire. 


Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments

2017 Groupwork Student Essay prize

Student groupworkers are invited to submit an essay or paper on any aspect of their practice of groupwork. Any student on a first degree or masters program, or those who have graduated in 2015, may submit an essay or paper (maximum 5,000 words) for the prize.

We invite essays from students who have worked or done placements with groups in a variety of contexts: in the Statutory, State or Federal systems; Non-Governmental or Not-for-Profit Sectors; or in the independent or private…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 9:06 — 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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