May 2014 Blog Posts (16)

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

The importance of supporting social workers’ own wellbeing should not be underestimated

After Mike Bush experienced a mental breakdown while working as a social worker he looked to improve support for professionals' wellbeing


Added by Mike Bush on May 22, 2014 at 17:21 — No Comments

Funding for service user and carer involvement in the social work degree to continue.

Service user and carer involvement in the development and delivery of the social work degree: Block grant per course of £7,400 will continue to be paid in 2014-15.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 19, 2014 at 19:24 — No Comments

Exploring family carer involvement in forensic mental health services

Scottish policy and law underline the importance of supporting family carers and using their knowledge and experience to increase the effectiveness of mental health care and treatment. In particular, the Mental Health (Care & Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT Act), and Caring Together, Carers Strategy for Scotland (Scottish Government, 2010), emphasise involvement and participation of carers in mental health services. While there is a growing body of research about carers’ experiences…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:46 — No Comments

New HEA report on practice assessment panels in social work

The report documents findings from a study on practice assessment panels and focuses on decision making around social work students deemed to have failed their practice placements. The report briefly documents major developments in English social work education as well as the current context of practice learning within England.

The report goes on to highlight concerns around the robustness of practice education, in particular the apparent reluctance by practice educators to fail…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:25 — No Comments

International Journal for Educational Integrity

The journal provides a platform for educators across all sectors to research issues in the multi-disciplinary field of educational integrity. In addition, IJEI provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to take a leadership role in the relatively new field of educational integrity.

The IJEI is an international refereed journal where research on educational integrity is disseminated in an accessible and cost-effective format. The journal challenges readers to consider…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:15 — No Comments

Embedding mental wellbeing in the curriculum: maximising success in higher education

24 June 2014 at 12.00.

This webinar explores ways in which leadership in curriculum development, especially new areas such as mental wellbeing, is a collaborative venture in which all staff and students can play a part. The increase in the numbers of students disclosing/experiencing poor mental health and evidence to suggest that study related factors can exacerbate mental distress and impact on retention and achievement mean that this focus on mental wellbeing in terms of academic…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 18, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

MHNAUK position statement on dementia care

The Mental Health Nurse Academics UK group has produced a position statement on dementia care. 

Read the statement here.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 17, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry

CAOS is an interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal that publishes original articles/art work/poetry that foreground critical forms of social inquiry, research and practice. These include but are not limited to Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP), Intersectionality, Anti-Racism, Anti-Black Racism, …


Added by Jill Anderson on May 17, 2014 at 7:53 — No Comments

Post Graduate Certificate in Communities, Engagement and Enterprise

A unique opportunity for those interested in community engagement and social justice to explore the historical, political and theoretical roots of community work in Britain, and to develop a deeper insight into the emergence, development and potential of 21st century community organising and social action within a global context.

This course runs at the University of Brighton.  …


Added by Jill Anderson on May 16, 2014 at 16:45 — No Comments

The role of traditional healing in mental health

Burgeoning research has highlighted the convoluted mental health pathways of members of the African and Caribbean communities, and their over-representation within the mental health service.

In many respects their experiences are a microcosm of issues associated with the black minority ethnic communities living in London. Experiences around spirituality, for instance, may be one key area frequently “pathologised” by those involved in delivering mental health care, rather than viewed…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 19:04 — No Comments

Patient involvement in medical and healthcare education - tweetchat

The next #ukmeded Twitter chat will take place on Thursday 15th May at 9pm, on the role of patients and patient leaders in medical and healthcare education.

If you haven't taken part in a Twitter chat before, all you need is a Twitter account (they are free, and you can set one up via<…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 17:46 — No Comments

'Illness' by Havi Carel

Havi Carel was speaking at an event at the Storey Institute in Lancaster today.  This book was mentioned and may be of interest:

What is illness? Is it a physiological dysfunction, a social label, or a way of experiencing the world? How do the physical, social and emotional worlds of a person change when they become ill? And can there be well-being within illness? In this remarkable and thought-provoking book, Havi Carel explores these questions by weaving together…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 12, 2014 at 17:04 — 1 Comment

Mindfulness for Students

The practice of mindfulness in universities and colleges is a relatively recent development. The Mindfulness for Students Network is made up of mindfulness teachers who are interested in supporting the practice of mindfulness in higher education. They have come together to create a forum for sharing resources, information and good practice.

Visit the website

Added by Jill Anderson on May 7, 2014 at 15:46 — No Comments

Think ahead: meeting the workforce challenges in mental health social work

This report examines the challenges facing mental health social work, and 'offers a blueprint for a fast-track programme that could better recruit and train high-calibre graduates for the profession'.  Any thoughts?

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 22:08 — No Comments

mhhehub chat for AMHP programme leaders

A chat session for people responsible for Approved Mental Health Professional training programmes will be held on the mhhehub on Thursday 15 May 2014 from 9 - 10am.  To join the chat, just log in to the mhhehub and scroll down for the chat screen.  This chat session is aimed at people who have responsibility for AMHP training programmes and are based in universities, or in joint posts spanning higher education and local authorities or trusts.  It will be facilitated by…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 11:39 — No Comments


A collection of ideas, examples, information and research about therapeutic mental health inpatient care. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2014 at 9:27 — 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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