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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Think Ahead Programme - Independent evaluation

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 1, 2019 at 7:52 0 Comments

The Think Ahead social work qualifying programme was launched in 2016, with the aim of providing a new, mental health focused route into the social work profession in partnership with employer organisations. 

An independent evaluation has just been published, based on the experience of the programme over its first two years. 

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Mad Studies group - Birmingham

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 18, 2019 at 10:30 0 Comments

Are you a Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP)? (Mad) Academic? Student? Clinician? Service User? Carer?

 All welcome! 

‘Mad Studies’ is a field of scholarship, theory, and activism about the lived experiences, history, cultures, and politics about people who may identify as 'Mad', mentally ill,…

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Engaging with Voices videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2019 at 20:30 0 Comments

These 15 videos were created by Elisabeth Svanholmer, Charlie Heriot-Maitland and Rufus May. Filming and editing by John Richardson and his team  

The Engaging with Voices videos are intended as inspiration and support for people interested in compassionate…

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RE:CREATE psychiatry

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2019 at 21:23 0 Comments

The UK mental healthcare system is deemed by many to be failing its users, and lauded by many more as one of the best in the world. As a community of people who have journeyed through mental ill-health and well-being, we at Mental Fight Club have contemplated standards of care both abysmal and outstanding. Now, we want to instigate new thinking stemming from our collective…

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Supporting student mental health in higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2019 at 8:18 0 Comments

Supporting Student Mental Health in Higher Education

by Samuel Stones and Jonathan Glazzard

April 2019  2144pp   ISBN 9781912508778   



Student mental health is a key consideration in higher education with recent reports identifying a major gap in provision by universities and how ill-equipped…

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My name is Rachel: Radio programme

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2019 at 21:32 0 Comments

Rachel Waddingham hears voices. The first time she heard them she was lying in a bed. “You’re so stupid”, “they are watching you”, “it would be much better if you just ended it all”. She was also convinced she was being watched, that she was at the centre of a conspiracy. She ended up dropping out of university and eventually was admitted to a psychiatric unit. “I began to hear the alien speak to me, and that alien told me that I was a murderer, that it could control me, that it was going to…

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Spaces of Mental Health: Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:32 0 Comments

This is an interdisciplinary session “Spaces of Mental Health” in the 8th European Conference on Mental Health October 2nd-4th in Belfast, UK.



Space has long been interest across disciplines such as history, geography, sociology, health studies,criminology, architecture and nursing studies. The meaning ascribed to space often varies between

disciplines. This session emphasizes the theme of the conference “breaking down the boundaries” by inviting participants from different…

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Mad in the UK - podcasts

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:30 0 Comments

A range of audiovisual resources which may be of use in teaching. 

See HERE.

BA in Social Enterprise and Creative Care: university of Hull

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:19 0 Comments

This course aims to educate a new generation of project pioneers to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability, ill health, poverty, trauma or social exclusion. It focuses on engaging and sustaining communities to improve wellbeing – while developing skills in leadership, social welfare, project management and solving practical problems. Learners will study key topics such as:

  • Enterprising welfare – skills in applying for funding, designing websites and…
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