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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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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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.

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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.…

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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 …

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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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