June 2014 Blog Posts (26)

Tell me about an experience when you felt that a risk assessment was carried out in an unhelpful way.

Sue Williams - Youtube video. 

A resource for use in training?

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 24, 2014 at 18:17 — No Comments

Madness Made Me: a Memoir

After her journey through madness Mary O’Hagan realised the mental health system and society did more harm than good. 'Madness Made Me' is a myth-busting account of madness and our customary responses to it through the lens of lived experience. O’Hagan’s journey took her from the psychiatric hospital to the United Nations and many places in between as a leader in the international mad movement. Her fundamental message is that madness is profoundly disruptive but full human experience. The…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 24, 2014 at 14:17 — No Comments

Inside Out of Mind: raising awarenss of dementia care through theatre.

'Inside Out of Mind' played out to capacity audiences during its run at Lakeside Arts Centre between 14 - 29 June 2013. The play is based on the field notes collected by 3 health care assistants whilst working on an acute NHS dementia ward. The production was the brain child of Justine Schneider - Professor of Mental Health and Social Care at The University of Nottingham. It forms part of an official research project which Professor Schneider was commissioned to carry out for the…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 24, 2014 at 10:59 — No Comments

Self-care and resilience: multidisciplinary student summer school

Join us for a unique chance to network across healthcare disciplines in two days of lectures, lateral thinking, workshops and new ideas.

Students say the College of Medicine Summer School sends them back to their courses with renewed passion for their careers.  We always have more applications than places.  This year's deadline for applications is 24th July.

Each year our unique multi-disciplinary summer school brings together students from over 11 different disciplines (from…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 23, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

The New Mental Health.

The New Mental Health was defined by Mark Brown, editor of One in Four magazine, in a keynote speech to the Asia Pacific Conference on Mental Health in Perth Western Australia on June 14th 2012.

The New Mental Health is not so much a movement, but a broad range of projects, organisations and services that are moving in similar directions.

Broadly, the defining characteristics of the new mental health are:

The New Mental Health is pragmatic not ideological

The New…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 21, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Feminism, Gender and Universities: Politics, Passion and Pedagogies

Drawing on the 'collective biography' of leading feminist scholars from around the world and current evidence relating to gender equality in education, this book employs methods including biographies, life histories, and narratives to show how the feminist project to transform women's lives in the direction of gender and social equality became an educational and pedagogical one. Through careful attention to…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 21, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

What does 'mad' mean to you?

Peter Beresford tweeted this today:

'please can people share, RT and respond re what mad means or might mean to them. time we had a positive discussion of this'


Do respond, if you like, via twitter or here on the hub.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 19, 2014 at 16:08 — 3 Comments

The Experts by Experience Blog

This blog is about the challenge of increasing patient, service user, carer, expert by experience (or whatever other label you care to use – see blog post below on this) involvement in the education of healthcare professionals. I am an academic working in a busy Faculty of health sciences within a large, research-focussed university and I am tasked with the job of developing a strategy of making involvement happen. I will post on the blog my thoughts, challenges and successes on this…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 18, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

Social Media in Social Work Education

There has been a recent growth in the use of social media tools in social work education. This edited text presents a series of chapters which discuss social media activities and how they can contribute to student learning, and social work practice. The contributors, all innovators in the use of social media, introduce the landscape and discuss how social media activities have begun to impact on both social work education and on practice. The professional codes of practice and the values and…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 18, 2014 at 16:33 — No Comments

Critical Pedagogies: new website

Critical Pedagogies is a project based on the international symposium Critical Pedagogies: Equality and Diversity in a Changing Institution held at the University of Edinburgh on the 16th of September 2013. For more information on the symposium, please visit out original symposium page and read our symposium report. This dialogic…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 17, 2014 at 14:54 — No Comments

Online chat for AMHP programme leads: 20 June

A chat session for people responsible for Approved Mental Health Professional training programmes will be held on the mhhehub on Friday 20 June 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 June 17, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Psychosocial Connections: Call for Papers

Psychosocial Studies is committed to the study of the ways in which the psychic and the social are fundamentally entangled with each other. Psychological issues and subjective experiences cannot be abstracted from social, cultural and historical contexts. Equally, social and cultural worlds have psychological dimensions and are shaped by intra-psychic processes and intersubjective relations. Psychosocial Studies has strong links with various fields of practice, particularly the health…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 16, 2014 at 8:50 — No Comments

Creative Positions in Adult Mental Health: Outside in, Inside out

This book presents cutting edge developments in Adult Mental Health through the presentation of creative and innovative applications of systemic theory to practice. The first section deconstructs the medical model with some of the current beliefs and practices shaping services whilst placing adult mental health in a wider social and political context. The second half of the book showcases good practice from the field. At either end of the volume “bookends” invite current clients and staff to…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2014 at 16:48 — No Comments

TEDx talk on Sanism - Jennifer Poole

Dr. Jennifer Poole, associate professor at the School of Social Work at Ryerson University, holds a PhD in Public Health and a Master of Social Work. As the author of 'Behind the Rhetoric: Mental Health Recovery in Ontario", her work focuses on madness, sanism and the ways in which we can better respond to suffering. 

Jennifer's TEDx talk challenges the dominant discourse of mental health, ranging from institutional settings to everyday life. In this particular…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 18:31 — No Comments

Groupwork in the Classroom - call for papers

The Editorial Board of Groupwork intends to publish a Special Edition which will focus on the role of groupwork in teaching, learning and assessment in the global classroom. The articles should demonstrate the theory and practice of groupwork, and acknowledge the diversities in the global classroom in terms of the learner and educator population, languages, cultures, learning needs, styles and abilities.

We invite you to submit full papers that critically address the…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 15:44 — No Comments

Speak Out

SpeakOut is a national network of more than 100 marginalised and disadvantaged community groups.  Created to support the Care Quality Commission in the discharge of its regulatory functions and managed by the …


Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Flogsta Roar - film

Flogsta is a shabby student ghetto in Uppsala, Sweden. Within the cramped walls of its dormitories, a multitude of dramas play out, involving broken frying pans, a never-ending orchestra rehearsal, an injured heart, and, most distressingly, stolen food. But these students have a unique outlet for the anxieties of dorm life. Every night at 10pm, they participate in collective catharsis, by screaming their worries into the sky.…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 11:27 — No Comments

Ethnic Inequalities in Mental Health: Promoting Lasting Positive Change

This report outlines the results of a consultation carried out by NSUN with black and minority ethnic mental health service users for Lankelly Chase. The aim was to inform the programme of work currently being developed by Lankelly Chase and its partners the Centre for Mental Health, the Afiya Trust and Mind, to promote lasting positive change in the field of ethnic inequalities and mental health. A key concern for these organisations (and indeed for many other people and organisations) is…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 11:22 — No Comments

Promoting MH, reslience and wellbeing through Open Dialogue in Nottingham.

The Open Futures Network is service user and community led, bringing together local groups and local services, artists, activists, health care professionals and academics within collaborative and dynamic partnerships for well-being.  It also forms the tenth integrated research group in the new Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham.  As such, Open Futures creates a precedent in being driven from within by the voices of lived experience.

The Open…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 10:42 — No Comments

Psychiatry in Context: new book

This book, by Phil Thomas will be a great resource for AMHPs and psychiatry trainees, as well as students of mental health across all disciplines.  It examines the central role of contexts in understanding psychosis and distress. The contexts in which we all exist, historical, cultural, social, political, economic and interpersonal, shape and give meaning to our lives for good or for bad. Scientific research confirms how contexts of adversity…


Added by Jill Anderson on June 10, 2014 at 10:29 — No Comments

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Academic Ableism: Disability and higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of…

Drayton Park women's crisis house - interview with Shirley McNicholas

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 16:21 0 Comments

Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke.…


Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 0 Comments

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Oppressed majority - film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 0 Comments

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 0 Comments

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…


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.…


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