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.

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Great video resources

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

And A conversation with Thomas…


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,…


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…


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.…


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…


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.


See also this …


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…


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…


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…


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…

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…


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