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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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. 

View the stories

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.

Read the comic

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.

Visit the website.

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