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?

View the film here.

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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Blog Posts

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.…


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,…


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?…


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…


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…

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…


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…


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…


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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