May 2015 Blog Posts (22)

When Universities are Desperate to Look Different: League Tables, Product Symbolism and the Meaninglessness of Academic Labour

This is a recent post where I explore the nature of the contemporary university and the impact on the wellbeing of academics.  This is part of a series of notes towards an autoethnography of academic well being and the neo-liberal university. 

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Added by Simon Warren on May 30, 2015 at 11:17 — No Comments

Madness Studies - research network for scholars of madness

Madness Studies is a new research network for individual scholars and groups who are studying madness and its history. Scholarly perspectives on madness range from the history of psychiatry, clinical psychiatry and psychology to sociology, anthropology, philosophy, literary studies and evolutionary research on human behaviour. Our scope is worldwide, but we are especially focusing on the European and Nordic context. The institutional home of the network is the Department of the History of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 25, 2015 at 21:33 — No Comments

Mad World: An Exhibition on Sane People in Insane Situations

Art Exhibition at St Margaret’s House From 29th May to 21stJune

*** Official opening on 29 May from 6-9pm ***



Come along and to an art exhibition which aims to challenge the world to discover the insane. The exhibitions, which brings together work from a variety of artists, reveals perspectives on 'madness’ which are not commonly found in the rhetoric of the medical…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 24, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Discipline Specific Guides on embedding equality and diversity - published by the HEA

The Higher Education Academy’s Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum project has today published five discipline specific practitioner guides for embedding equality and diversity into learning and teaching experiences and environments.

The 2010 Equality Act, and Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) legislation within it, requires a new way of approaching learning, teaching and assessment in higher education so that…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 18:15 — No Comments

Disability, Avoidance and the Academy: challenging resistance

Advance notice of this new book:

Disability is a widespread phenomenon, indeed a potentially universal one as life expectancies rise. Within the academic world, it has relevance for all disciplines yet is often dismissed as a niche market or someone else’s domain. This collection explores how academic avoidance of disability studies and disability theory is indicative of social prejudice and highlights, conversely, how the academy can and does engage with disability…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 18:03 — No Comments

Open Dialogue - UK summer seminars

In this one day seminar Nick Putman (Open Dialogue UK) and Mia Kurtti (Western Lapland Psychiatric service) will be introducing the Open Dialogue approach from Finland to mental health professionals

and managers, service users, carers and students. The day will be be a mixture of presentations, small and large group discussions, and will cover the following topics:

• Background and history of the

development of the approach

• The 7 principles and 12 key elements of dialogical…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 14:43 — No Comments

School for Health and Care Radicals

Anyone who wants to bring about change has to be ready to break the rules. But in health and social care, that can be really difficult. The art of rocking the boat while staying in it is something it seems no-one is ready to help you learn.

That’s where the School for Health and Care Radicals (SHCR) comes in. Brought to you by NHS Improving Quality, the School is entirely online, free, backed by the world’s largest health organisation: the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), and is…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 14:14 — No Comments

Great video resources

http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/social-policy/ceimh/film-resources/index.aspx

Great videos: I loved: A conversation with Gail Hornstein and the story of Agnes's Jacket

And A conversation with Thomas…

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Added by Sharon Rankin on May 22, 2015 at 12:46 — 1 Comment

Research into narratives of loneliness and mental wellbeing

Just launching: Research into Narratives of  Loneliness and Mental Wellbeing

please disseminate to colleagues and networks

Seeking participants:

1) Mental health service users with experiences of loneliness / or choice of solitary lifestyle

2) Mental health practitioners with experiences of clients who have loneliness as a presenting issue / or choice of solitary lifestyle

All interviews are confidential, may be face to face,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 12:42 — No Comments

52nd Maudsley Debate: More harm than good?

13/05/2015 - 52nd Maudsley Debate: More harm than good?
Is the long term use of psychiatric medications causing more harm than good?

The vote at the end of the debate was 136  agreed psychiatric drugs do more harm than good against 66 who disagreed.

Video of the debate is available on YouTube but the recording isn't great.

Added by Sharon Rankin on May 22, 2015 at 12:28 — No Comments

Making Mad Studies - filmed presentation

Mad Studies challenges us to think beyond mainstream notions of "mental illness." Panelists - at this presentation at Ryerson University - discuss this social justice approach as an important contribution to other vital discussions about learning and teaching from the margins. Drawing from Disability Studies and Social Work, panelists explore the historical roots of this emergent field, sharing curriculum and teaching strategies and considering how students respond to mad positive academic…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 11:09 — No Comments

Understanding Everyday Help and Support

This report investigates how everyday help and support allow people to lead ‘liveable’ lives, exploring the impact of social context and relationships and the development of support over time.

The research, by a team from ScotCen Social Research and Edinburgh University, explored experiences of everyday help and support in three diverse areas in and around Glasgow – Maryhill, Bearsden and Hillhead.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Peer Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis services - webinar

On Wednesday, May 27, at 7 p.m. (British Summer Time), a free, 90-minute webinar on Peer Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Services: From Program Development to Outcomes Evaluation will be held. While many EIP programs include (or plan to include) some element of peer support and/or family support, questions remain as to how to ensure meaningful peer involvement that significantly impacts services. The presenters - Nev Jones, PhD; Irene Hurford, MD; and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Film about psychosis

This short film about psychosis was produced by service users and staff from GMW’s Early intervention Service in collaboration with a local filmmaker. The aim of the film is to raise awareness, reduce stigma and encourage people to seek help early. You can also help with these aims by sharing the film #psychosisfilm.

VIEW THE FILM

See also this …

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 22, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Teaching as a human experience: an anthology of contemporary poems

The poems in this collection deal with the real life-worlds of professors, instructors, lecturers, teachers, and others working in education. This volume covers contemporary teaching experiences in education, including the many roles that teachers play such as instructing, lecturing, mentoring, facilitating, coaching, guiding, and leading. This volume covers the manifold life experiences and perspectives of being and working as a teacher in education and the epiphanies experienced in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 12:52 — No Comments

The Journal of Applied Social Theory

The Journal of Applied Social Theory aims to provide an intellectual space where critical applications of social theory (in all its varied forms) can flourish.

The objective in setting up this new open-access journal is to fill a gap in current academic debates regarding the treatment of well-established and sometimes revered theories, theories that can all too often inhibit discussion while shying away from more applied forms of theoretical…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2015 at 9:47 — No Comments

Mental Health: Five year forward view - Online survey

NHS England has announced a new Mental Health Taskforce which will develop a five year national strategy for mental health, covering all ages. The strategy will be published in the summer, and will be aligned with NHS England's Five Year Forward View for the whole NHS. It is crucial that the strategy is informed by a wide range of lived experience and professional expertise, and we'd like your help.



Rethink Mental Illness and Mind are members of the Taskforce, and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 19, 2015 at 11:05 — No Comments

Mad World Archive

This online resource is pieced together from many sources and perspectives to try to facilitate a deeper and more outward looking idea of madness and psychiatry.  It is a public collection where people can link their own perspectives to themes in psychiatry, psychology, sociology and critical methodologies.

Visit the archive.

Added by Jill Anderson on May 8, 2015 at 17:26 — No Comments

Madness, Violence and Power: Call for abstracts

This interdisciplinary anthology will discuss violence as manifest in the lives of diversely-situated people who identify in various ways including but not limited to mental health services users; people with mental illness,psychiatric disabilities or psychosocial disabilities; psychiatric survivors/consumers, and neurodiverg…
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Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2015 at 22:13 — No Comments

The Content of Psychological Distress: Addressing Complex Personal Experience - New Book

'The Content of Psychological Distress makes the case for focusing psychological attention on the content of people's distressing personal experience and lessening the reliance on off the shelf categories and procedures. It looks at the rationale for, and practical steps involved in, taking individuals' accounts of their concerns as a starting point. It treats these as a foundation on which approaches of various kinds can be laid. It considers the impact of doing so on building…

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Added by Jill Anderson on May 6, 2015 at 16:04 — No Comments

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Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…



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Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…

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Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…

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Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…

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The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…
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Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…

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Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…

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Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…

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Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…
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