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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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,…


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. 

View the stories

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…


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…


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.…


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.

Read the comic

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.…


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 …


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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