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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A New Vision for Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 20, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health aims to both explore and suggest various answers to this question. It also aims to challenge each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider…

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The Future of the Mental Health Workforce - new report.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2017 at 9:26 0 Comments

Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network to explore what the mental health workforce of the future should look like. This report presents the key findings from a review of: • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England; • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce; • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundt able…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Mad Positive in the Academy: three short films

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

'In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, we have created three short videos, or ‘web docs’ that discuss: what is means to be mad positive in the…

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Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs?  On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though,…

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness - free e-book

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 11:00 0 Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human…

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Physical health in mental illness: learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 20:47 0 Comments

'People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.



The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched…

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Surviving schizophrenia - video

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:35 0 Comments

Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They’re using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

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Step Change - new framework for universities to help improve student mental health​

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:08 0 Comments

A new framework has been published by Universities UK.  It aims to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in UK higher education institutions.

Step change​  is one strand of UUK's  programme of work to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those who learn and work in higher education.  It aims to support university leaders to help embed good mental…

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