May 2013 Blog Posts (24)

Madness, Science and the Crisis in Psychiatry: key questions

This recent article by Phil Thomas can be found at:


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

  1. Given the problems with…

Added by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2013 at 17:25 — No Comments


' ... 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…


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


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

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

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


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…


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


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…


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


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…


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…


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…


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


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

Details below or on the website:



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…


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.



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…


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…


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…

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…


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

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Academic Ableism: Disability and higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of…

Drayton Park women's crisis house - interview with Shirley McNicholas

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 16:21 0 Comments

Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke.…


Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 0 Comments

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Oppressed majority - film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 0 Comments

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 0 Comments

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…


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.…


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