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

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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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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. 

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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…


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.

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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.

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