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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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…


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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