July 2013 Blog Posts (31)

First posting on the new mhhe communal blog: mhheviews

Bob Sapey writes about Psychiatric Treatments and the United Nations 1985 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  Do add a comment!  

Who will write the next blog posting.  Could it be YOU? 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

Book and film clubs - their use in learning and teaching

See HERE for resources from our recent symposium. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 25, 2013 at 17:05 — No Comments

Shaping Our Lives - resources

See HERE for an amazing wealth of resources from the Shaping Our Lives project - including their recent report 'Beyond the Usual Suspects'. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 25, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments


We are starting a communal blog on the mhhehub.  Would you like to write a posting? It can be on any topic that you choose: a burning issue, a diary of your day/week, a resource that you use in teaching, an experience of learning. . . . Do let us know if so. 

Here are some blogs which may be of interest to those involved in learning and teaching about mental health: http://bundlr.com/b/mh-teaching-blogs.  Let us know about others…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 25, 2013 at 10:45 — No Comments

mhhehub development - online chats

I will be online tomorrow (26 July) from 10-11am and on Monday (29 July) from 12 noon to 1pm.  Do join me if you have any ideas or suggestions about how we can develop the hub and/or queries.  Just go to the hub home page and scroll down for the chat screen. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 25, 2013 at 10:23 — 1 Comment

Can anyone advise about setting up a web site

Apologies if this is an inappropriate request.  Can anyone suggest how I would begin to set up something like the MHHE Hub for a different group.  I am just not sure how to start and everything I look at, including Ning resources, costs money.


Added by Kate Karban on July 23, 2013 at 15:37 — 5 Comments

Les Back's Academic Diary

'An academic diary provides the timeframe of university life: it also gives it a storyline. Early September marks the beginning of another year. Jay Parini writes that academic life is renewed with the fall of autumn leaves, "shredding the previous year's failures and tossing them out of the window like so much confetti". It is a time to plan the year ahead. As Malcolm Bradbury put it in his 1970s campus novel The History Man: "Now it is autumn again; the people are coming back. The…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 23, 2013 at 9:36 — No Comments

SPENT: an online game

An online game about surviving poverty and homelessness.  SPENT

How might you use this in teaching?

Added by Jill Anderson on July 22, 2013 at 18:33 — No Comments

Postdoc opportunities at University of Newcastle, Australia

See here for postdoc opportunities with a focus on peer support in mental health or homelessness/mental health. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 22, 2013 at 13:46 — 1 Comment

Involving carers in mental health research - three new case studies

The Mental Health Research Network has produced three detailed case studies that showcase the contributions that carers have made to mental health research through their involvement in studies.…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 21, 2013 at 10:57 — No Comments

PLEASE add yourself to the mhhehub member map

We have one or two people on there with a continent to themselves!

Added by Jill Anderson on July 19, 2013 at 15:39 — No Comments

The MadQuarry dictionary: a consumer's guide to the language of mental health

In July 2012 Our Consumer Place (an Australian initiative) launched a national competition inviting consumers – and anyone else who was interested – to contribute towards a collection of consumer-convoluted language that they could pull together as a dictionary.   

Consumers were solicited over several editions of the Our Consumer Place newsletter to play with the twisted language of psychiatry. Back-to-front meanings, made-up words, acronyms redefined,  re-created language and…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 18, 2013 at 15:34 — 1 Comment

Improve Dementia Education and Awareness website

A new free to use website has been launched at The University of Nottingham to improve care for people with dementia.

The Improve Dementia Education and Awareness (IDEA) site makes a range of quality courses and resources widely available — both nationally and internationally — with the aim of improving care and quality of life for people with dementia.

It is targeted at all levels of…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 18, 2013 at 15:21 — No Comments

Open Dialogue

What would we give for a treatment for first-episode psychosis that led to a 90% reduction in the diagnosis of schizophrenia? In Western Lapland the mental health system achieves this with Open Dialogue, not drugs.

I've just finished watching Daniel Mackler's film, Open Dialogue and strongly recommend it for using in mental health teaching. Below is the blurb from the back of the video and it can be bought from wildtruth.net. 

From the DVD:



Added by Bob Sapey on July 17, 2013 at 14:14 — 2 Comments

Reading in Practice masters degree

The Reading in Practice Masters degree, run by the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (CRILS) at University of Liverpool, is the first Masters degree of its kind in the country, inviting open-minded investigation into the role of reading in relation to health – in the broadest sense of that word.



Added by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

New film: Getting to know the person with dementia - the impact of diagnosis.

This new film breaks a few myths about dementia by introducing six people whose lives have been affected by the condition. The video, on the Social Care TV website, focuses on the people’s thoughts about having the condition and it shows that people with dementia can lead interesting and fulfilling lives. The film will be useful for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, along with anyone who cares for people with the condition. This includes health and social care staff,…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Wiltshire Voices - films online

Wiltshire Voices brings us the views of people who either do not or cannot participate in civic life. There are many reasons why these people do not take part but there is no reason why they should be ignored. Wiltshire Voices enables people to have a say in their own way. These are their own words.

Watch the films and comment HERE

Added by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: A systematic review

Open access article in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 

A systematic review of the published work on consumer involvement in the education of health professionals was undertaken using the PRISMA guidelines. Searches of the CINAHL, MEDLINE, and PsychINFO electronic databases returned 487 records, and 20 met the inclusion criteria. Further papers were obtained through scanning the reference lists of those articles included from the initial published work search (n =…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2013 at 13:42 — No Comments

Discrimination in Higher Education

Discrimination in Higher Education: Users & Survivors in Academia Speak Out.  View blog posting here.

Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2013 at 15:22 — No Comments

Preparing students for ethical engagement on online communities - PREZI

How to create social media based learning designs to prepare students to engage safely and ethically in online communities of practice.  Prezi by Tarsem Singh Cooner, from this year's Joint Social Work Education conference.

View here

Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2013 at 10:41 — No Comments

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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…


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…


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…

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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.



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