July 2014 Blog Posts (12)

Lessons from “the other side”: teaching and learning from doctors’ illness narratives

Many doctors who become patients have been shocked by their experiences from “the other side.” Jonathon Tomlinson looks at these writings and considers what can be learnt from them.

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2014 at 20:39 — No Comments

Journal of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry is an international and interdisciplinary forum for the publication of work in three interrelated fields: medical and psychiatric anthropology, cross-cultural psychiatry, and related cross-societal and clinical epidemiological studies. This peer-reviewed journal publishes original research, and theoretical papers based on original research, on all subjects in each of these fields (see …


Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2014 at 12:42 — No Comments

Comics and Mental Health: Call for submissions


Comics and Mental Health

A special themed edition of Asylum magazine

Comics and graphic novels are currently receiving increased attention in academic disciplines while enjoying widespread acclaim through popular culture. Many of the most acclaimed comics use themes and characters that directly or indirectly touch on mental health in ways that are potentially thoughtful, challenging and provocative but also manipulative, voyeuristic and stereotypical. Key…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2014 at 11:24 — No Comments

Inclusive Assessment in Practice Conference: Call for Papers

​MONDAY 24TH NOVEMBER 2014, 10.30-4.00
Plymouth University  
**Call for Abstracts: deadline – 5pm, Friday 22nd August 2014**
Assessment is a critical and evolving practice as universities respond to the changing needs of students in Higher Education (HE). Inclusive assessment practices improve the opportunities for students to demonstrate they have achieved their…

Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2014 at 9:49 — No Comments

Psychosocial Studies Conference - Call for Papers

Psychosocial Studies is committed to the study of the ways in which the psychic and the social are fundamentally entangled with each other. Psychological issues and subjective experiences cannot be abstracted from social, cultural and historical contexts. Equally, social and cultural worlds have psychological dimensions and are shaped by intra-psychic processes and intersubjective relations. Psychosocial Studies has strong links with various fields of practice, particularly the health…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2014 at 9:08 — No Comments

Conditions of Flexibility: securing a more responsive higher education system

The long-anticipated culmination to the HEA’s research series Flexible Pedagogies: preparing for the future (…

Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2014 at 8:21 — No Comments

Vacancy: Director of Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham, UK

University of Nottingham - School of Medicine - Institute of Mental Health

Location: Nottingham Salary: Not specified Hours: Full Time Contract: Permanent Placed on: 21st July 2014 Closes: 9th September 2014

School of Medicine - Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

See here for…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Authenticity to Action Conference: 'Involve and Evolve' Call for abstracts.

Conference Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Authenticity to Action Conference

‘Involve and Evolve’

Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th March 2015

Samlesbury Hotel

Preston New Road





Added by Jill Anderson on July 22, 2014 at 17:37 — No Comments

The Toxic Academy and the Broken Academic

I am writing about the experience of mental illness in higher education.  Below I have a number of links to my blog where I share some of the work-in-progress.  Wherever I have presented this or discussed it I have received a massive response.  Also, recently I have come across discussions around the 'Slow University' (http://myweb.lmu.edu/btreanor/Slow_University.html), 'Slow Science' (…


Added by Simon Warren on July 16, 2014 at 10:06 — 2 Comments

The Beautiful Risk of Education: new book by Gert Biesta

This is a book about what many teachers know but are increasingly being prevented from talking about: that real education always involves a risk. The risk is there because, as W. B. Yeats has put it, education is not about filling a bucket but about lighting a fire. It is there because education is not an interaction between machines, but an encounter between human beings. It is there because students are not to be seen as objects to be molded and disciplined, but as subjects of action…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2014 at 20:37 — No Comments

Research comparing crisis houses with inpatient care.

Background: Poor service user experiences are often reported on mental health inpatient wards. Crisis houses are an alternative, but evidence is limited. This paper investigates therapeutic alliances in acute wards and crisis houses, exploring how far stronger therapeutic alliance may underlie greater client satisfaction in crisis houses.

Methods and Findings: Mixed methods were used. In the quantitative component, 108 crisis house and 247 acute ward service users responded to…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments


Dori Kirchmair recently contacted me about her powerful piece of writing - 'Resonance'.  Dori is available to contribute to educational and other sessions - see below:

‘Resonance‘ is a short piece of writing about connecting with what resonates with us, what feels truly right for us; where we align with our self – your own truth. It will make you think and it will make you laugh, foremost of all – it will inspire and touch you!

I wrote this 12 minutes long short ‘talk/story’…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 2, 2014 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

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Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…


Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…


Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…


Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…


The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…


Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…


Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…


Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…

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