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: 

View it here.

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.

Find out more

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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Added by Jill Anderson on June 8, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

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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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…

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Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…

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The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…
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While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…

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Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…

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Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…

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Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…

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With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.



Guest Editors: 


Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK gillcov17@gmail.com…

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Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.

You…

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