June 2017 Blog Posts (15)

Critical inquiries for social justice in mental health - new book

An exceptional showcase of interdisciplinary research, Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health presents various critical theories, methodologies, and methods for transforming mental health research and fostering socially-just mental health practices.

Marina Morrow and Lorraine Halinka Malcoe have assembled an array of international scholars, activists, and practitioners whose work exposes and disrupts the dominant neoliberal and individualist practices found in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 20:49 — No Comments

Mental wellbeing in higher education - an annotated bibliography

Compiled by Annie Grant and Ruth Liss and hosted on the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education website: 

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 15:33 — No Comments

Mental health discussion and campaigning groups - UK based

This is a list of UK based mental health discussion and campaigning groups.  Please comment below if you have links to add. [pdf version]

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Asylum magazine - 30th anniversary party!

Come along to Gullivers (109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW) on Wednesday 28 June at 7pm for a banquet of food,…
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Added by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2017 at 8:54 — No Comments

National Co-production week 2017: 3-7 July

Co-production Week will celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.

Co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that that offers people real choice and control.

For Co-production Week 2017 SCIE wants…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 20, 2017 at 8:16 — No Comments

MSC in Mental Health and Education

Delivered online, this programme is the only professional learning award of its kind in the UK. It focuses on the nature of mental health in learning, teaching and training/mentoring environments. The programme will also explore how this might impact on learners, leaders of learning, mentors and other disciplinary groups such as psychologists, health professionals, managers and social workers.

The MSc Mental Health and Education programme is an innovative new subject discipline…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 17, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users.

This book uses the rich narratives of the recovery journeys of Chinese mental health service users in the UK – a perceived ‘hard-to-reach group’ and largely invisible in mental health literature – to illustrate the myriad ways that social inequalities such as class, ethnicity and gender contribute to service users' distress and mental ill-health, as well as shape their subsequent recovery journeys. 
Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality contributes to the debate about the…
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Added by Jill Anderson on June 14, 2017 at 18:26 — No Comments

Latest issue of Asylum is now online

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now online.  It features an article by Paula Peters and China Mills - 'Dead people don't claim' - on UK welfare reform suicides.   Other items include an article by Jonathan Beazer on 'Mad Pride and Depression' and a conversation with Mary O'Hagan on 'Madness in New Zealand'.  View full contents list and sample article here.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 13, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Critical Psychiatry: a biography - Ian Cummins

Critical Psychiatry outlines the history of a group of thinkers that has come to be known as the anti-psychiatry movement. Though it has been called a movement, the individual thinkers’ and authors’ ideas were often in conflict but what they share is a critical perspective on psychiatry as a discipline and institutionalised modes of care. 

The current crisis in mental health services means that it is time to examine once again the key themes of critical…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 13, 2017 at 8:43 — No Comments

Bursaries for ISPS conference

If you go to just one conference in 2017,

this is the one not to miss



ISPS Liverpool 2017

The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis

Making REAL Change Happen…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2017 at 9:18 — No Comments

Comics and Graphic Novels - Research Outreach and Pedagogy Network.

It is time to ReOPeN comics and graphic novels! This network is based at Lancaster University. It has four core members and aims to bring together people working in diverse disciplines who share an interest in comics, graphic novels and illustrated books.

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 8, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

What is the ‘Ragged University’ and how might you, and/or students, get involved?

Ragged University began with four people thinking about how ideas behind the Ragged Schools initiative might be applied in a Higher Education context.  It takes learning outside the walls of formal higher education institutions. The project has at its core a belief in the value of creating opportunities for people, who love what they do, to share what moves them.  It is founded on the idea that universal education, free of charge, is a basic…

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Bob Dylan needs Asylum!

Bid for Bob Dylan, the Asylum dog, as part of the Asylum magazine crowdfunding campaign. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2017 at 16:42 — No Comments

Civil Society Organisations in Turbulent Times - a gilded web: new book

Fundamental changes to British social policy have seen civil society organizations assume a significant role in welfare provision, but chasing money and status have come at a high price. What has happened to integrity and morality, when many voluntary service organizations have become trapped in a gilded web of neo-liberal arrangements and a rapidly privatizing services industry? Why are they reinforcing the social, economic and political systems they were originally established to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Learning and Teaching Environment

Expertise from the two previously separate disciplines of education and mental health is combined in this book to examine the complex problems associated with today's high-stress, high-emotion learning and teaching environments - affecting learners and leaders of learning. Students of all ages have increasingly diverse capabilities and diagnosable mental health disorders; over-worked teachers face a constant stream of classroom, curriculum and organisational challenges; the…

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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…
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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.…

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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…

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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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