May 2013 Blog Posts (24)

Madness, Science and the Crisis in Psychiatry: key questions

This recent article by Phil Thomas can be found at:

http://www.the-clearing.net/madness-science-and-the-crisis-in-psychiatry/

 

The questions that he poses at the end may well be of use in sparking debate with students:

  1. Given the problems with…
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Added by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2013 at 17:25 — No Comments

'TO WHOM I MAY CONCERN!'

' ... spouses have shared pride in the courage displayed by their loved ones.  Professionals have been brought to tears as they acknowledge their deeper understanding about what the person with dementia experiences ... '

This great project from US enables groups of people with dementia to share experiences -  then to…

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Added by julie gosling on May 26, 2013 at 15:10 — No Comments

TO TELL THE TRUTH: WHY AND HOW MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS CAN AND SHOULD SELF-DISCLOSE PERSONAL PSYCHIATRIC HISTORIES

by Steve Harrington, MPA, J.D. Recovery Library



Reposted from The Institute of Recovery by John Thorpe in Linked-In group: Peer Support Network



http://www.mhrecovery.org/library/view.php?libraryitem_id=285



Among mental health professionals, self-disclosure of personal information has been a long-debated subject. Some believe this disclosure interferes with treatment. Other clinicians are… Continue

Added by julie gosling on May 24, 2013 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Reaching beyond the technological paradigm in mental health - video

Lecture by psychiatrist & philosopher Patrick Bracken in Forum for existential psychology & therapy, at University of Copenhagen, 18/4 2012.

View it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 23, 2013 at 21:47 — 1 Comment

DINERS RUNNING THE RESTAURANT?

Service Users owning their own Clinical Practice - It is possible?

 

My Time CIC is a pioneering service user owned mental health service in Birmingham which has just won a National Award for Learning for Health. My Time is founder member of the Birmingham Mental Health Consortium and is a strong advocate for service users setting up their own services. My Time has been successfully running for 11…

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Added by julie gosling on May 23, 2013 at 20:09 — No Comments

DEAD WHEN I GOT THERE

http://deadwhenigothere.org/

Film in the making which sounds incredible:

Documentary about mental asylum run by its own patients

Since 2011 I’ve been making a feature length documentary about a man who manages a mental asylum run by its own patients in Juárez, Mexico. Apart from empathy, the patients share few resources but somehow they’ve survived the trauma of life in the world’s…

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Added by julie gosling on May 23, 2013 at 19:32 — No Comments

RESEARCH FINDINGS TRANSLATED INTO BALLET!!

Here is just one example of the exceptionally creative output from Durham University's Centre For Medical Humanities and surely a wonderful beacon for the rest of us to follow. Read on ....



Ordinary Wars: Transition, Weddings, Wives, Choreography and Research

by Centre for Medical Humanities…



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Added by julie gosling on May 23, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Thou Art: A film about the role of art in the lives of mental health service users

Thou Art the Film

 

This film was made in collaboration with service users, who played an important part in raising the research funding; interviewing; filming; editing and production of the film. Please feel free to use it widely. It forms the basis of a forthcoming book (2014/15) based on the narratives of art and…

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Added by Olivia Sagan on May 22, 2013 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Reasonably adjusted: mental health services and support for people with autism and people with learning disabilities

Traditionally, people with learning disabilities and people with autism did not have a great time when they needed to use mental health services. The Equalities Act 2010 expects mental health services to end this discrimination by making reasonable adjustments to their ways of working.

In response, the NHS Confederation commissioned NDTi to write a report, funded by the Department of Health, showing how to ‘clarify and embed into practice reasonable adjustments for people with autism…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2013 at 11:40 — No Comments

Two new Lecturer in Social Work posts advertised at the University of Bradford

Hi,

Apologies for using the MHHE to circulate this information.  Please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Details below or on the jobs.ac.uk website:

http://jobs.bradford.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=ASS2401

Thanks,

Kate

Added by Kate Karban on May 21, 2013 at 18:23 — 1 Comment

Carers and Confidentiality: new online training resource

This resource aims to help health professionals to manage issues of confidentiality and negotiate information sharing dilemmas with families, friends and carers supporting people with mental health problems.

View the resource here.

 

Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2013 at 18:03 — No Comments

Students stay silent about mental health problems - survey shows

Guardian article discusses findings of new survey.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2013 at 15:19 — No Comments

Professional doctorate in social care and emotional wellbeing

This doctoral programme provides social care practitioners, managers, educators and policy makers with the chance to develop advanced research skills rooted in their own professional experience, in an environment that combines high academic standards with opportunities for supervised clinical social work practice. Find out more.

 

Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2013 at 15:17 — No Comments

HCPC - New user and carer standard

The Health and Care Professions Council held a consultation between 3 September 2012 and 7 December 2012 on a proposal to amend the standards of education and training (SETs) and supporting guidance to require the involvement of service users in approved programmes. Its Education and Training Committee (Committee) considered the outcomes from the consultation at its meeting on 7 March 2013.

The Committee agreed the SETs should be amended to require the involvement of service users and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2013 at 15:16 — No Comments

New approach to psychology teaching - Bishop Grosseteste University

An academic who specialises in how arts activity can facilitate mental wellbeing is leading the new psychology degree course at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

Olivia Sagan has moved from University College London (UCL) to take up the post of Academic Co-ordinator for Psychology at BGU.

For the first time from September 2013 BGU undergraduates will be able to combine the study of psychology with another degree subject, such as drama, history or sport.

Olivia’s…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 19, 2013 at 11:12 — 1 Comment

Open Paradigm Project

The Open Paradigm Project is dedicated to fostering the voices and perspectives that accompany changing realities and new understandings of ourselves and the world. We believe these voices – unusual, or mad as they may be – light the way the way to cultural paradigms. Societies, businesses, and families throughout history have learned from these voices, and ignored them at their peril.

We produce creative, journalistic, promotional, and educational media on behalf of those who wish to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2013 at 17:26 — 1 Comment

Mad at School: Rhetorics of mental disability and academic life

Mad at School explores the contested boundaries between disability, illness, and mental illness in the setting of U.S. higher education. Much of the research and teaching within disability studies assumes a disabled body but a rational and energetic (an "agile") mind. In Mad at School , scholar and disabilities activist Margaret Price asks: How might our education practices change if we understood disability to incorporate the disabled…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2013 at 15:15 — No Comments

New book: Tacit Knowledge - by Neil Gascoigne and Tim Thornton

Tacit knowledge is invoked in a wide range of intellectual inquiries, from traditional academic subjects like psychology, sociology and linguistics to more pragmatically orientated investigations into the nature and transmission of skills and expertise. Notwithstanding its apparent pervasiveness, the notion of 'tacit knowledge' is a complex and…
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Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2013 at 13:18 — No Comments

The Conversation

'Academic rigour, journalistic flair': UK site launches today. View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

the demise of biological psychiatry?

In the last few weeks, as the publication of DSM 5 grows near, there have been some unprecedented reactions to the new psychiatric bible. The 3 that stick out are

1. activity on twitter from US psychiatrists who have 'come out' and admitted that the biological theory of depression, for instance the serotonin hypothesis, is known by medics to have no evidence and is something that they tell patients because it seems to go down well and is found to be reassuring. What this means for the…

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Added by Bill Penson on May 13, 2013 at 19:38 — 5 Comments

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A New Vision for Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 20, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health aims to both explore and suggest various answers to this question. It also aims to challenge each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider…

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The Future of the Mental Health Workforce - new report.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2017 at 9:26 0 Comments

Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network to explore what the mental health workforce of the future should look like. This report presents the key findings from a review of: • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England; • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce; • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundt able…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Mad Positive in the Academy: three short films

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

'In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, we have created three short videos, or ‘web docs’ that discuss: what is means to be mad positive in the…

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Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs?  On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though,…

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness - free e-book

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 11:00 0 Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human…

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Physical health in mental illness: learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 20:47 0 Comments

'People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.



The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched…

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Surviving schizophrenia - video

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:35 0 Comments

Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They’re using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

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Step Change - new framework for universities to help improve student mental health​

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:08 0 Comments

A new framework has been published by Universities UK.  It aims to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in UK higher education institutions.

Step change​  is one strand of UUK's  programme of work to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those who learn and work in higher education.  It aims to support university leaders to help embed good mental…

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