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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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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