June 2016 Blog Posts (10)

Mental Health and Brexit: there is no new normal

Mark Brown (@markoneinfour) has collected together some of the questions and worries for mental health as a sector and for those that experience mental health difficulties posed by June 23rd’s EU referendum vote.

READ IT HERE

See also this article by Jay Watts: …

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Lived Experience Network: Showcase dates

LEN is an international network of people with a shared interest in patient & public involvement (PPI) in higher education. It was set up in July 2012 by Jools Symons, who continues to lead the network. It has 188 Members from 83 Institutions across 6 countries.

Next meeting: 30 June 2016, 9.30-3.00pm, Wolverhampton.  See here for how to book.

Future meetings: December 2016…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 14, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

The New Mental Health

The New Mental Health was defined by Mark Brown in a keynote speech to the Asia Pacific Conference on Mental Health in 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 Mental Health blurs the old boundaries between people who…
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Added by Jill Anderson on June 12, 2016 at 9:26 — No Comments

Training/clinical resources on psychosis, culture/race and trauma

Is anyone aware of any training/clinical resources on the intersections between psychosis, culture/race and trauma?   If so, please respond with a comment below.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 12, 2016 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

From mental illness to a social model of madness and distress

In 2010, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published the findings of a national project exploring the views of mental services users/survivors and disabled people about how they felt mental health issues were understood in society and how they themselves understood them,Towards a Social Model of Madness and Distress?. This highlighted that most participants felt that a medical model dominated both public and professional thinking and that this was stigmatising and unhelpful and that further…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 8, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Two manifestos - for discussion in teaching?

Mad People of Color - a manifesto and the Recovery in the Bin Manifesto are both available on the Asylum website. 

Does your library subscribe to Asylum? Do you? Do your students? 

See here for…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 8, 2016 at 12:35 — No Comments

Language and Identity survey - the Icarus project.

How we talk about ourselves matters. Whether we choose to name our emotions and experiences using the language of mental health professionals, academics, faith communities, healers, physicians, or others reflects how we see ourselves and view the world. There are many ways in which people wind up receiving mental health treatments/interventions. This can include psychotherapy and hospitals but for many of us may also come from interactions with pastors, physicians, school officials,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Mental health social workers sought for research project: family complexity in social work.

Mental health social workers are being sought, to take part in an international research project: ‘Family Complexity in Social Work’? This would involve a couple of focus groups of between 4-8 people (which take about 1 hour and use a fictitious case to stimulate discussion about the work), or one-to-one interviews  (which take about 45 minutes).  No confidential data will be sought.

Briefly: The…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 5, 2016 at 12:29 — No Comments

The interface between dementia and mental health - new report

While there has been considerable and welcome attention in the area of dementia over recent years, the mental health of people in later life, and specifically the complex relationship between dementia and mental health problems, is a neglected area in public discourse, policy and service provision.

This Mental Health Foundation report explores the relationship between dementia, mental health and mental health problems.

The main finding of this review is that…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Making room for madness in mental health: The Psychoanalytic Understanding of Psychotic Communication - New Book

In this book, Marcus Evans argues that in addition to providing a helpful treatment for patients who suffer from serious psychological difficulties, psychoanalytic thinking can also help mental health staff develop a better understanding of their patients and complement other ways of thinking about mental disturbance. 

Working with people with mental illness can be rewarding and enlightening. It can also be disturbing, frightening, boring, frustrating, anxiety provoking and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2016 at 13:51 — No Comments

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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.…



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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,…

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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?…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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