July 2015 Blog Posts (18)

A recently retired mental health nurse writes about her own depression

Deacon, M. (2015) Personal experience: being depressed is worse than having advanced cancer, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22, 457-459

This short paper addresses the experiences of a recently retired mental health nurse who has suffered from several episodes of depression during her long career and is now experiencing a life-limiting illness. Rather than feeling safe within the embrace of the health profession family, the author feared negative…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

Crossing boundaries: MH social work leading change in the NHS?

Martin Weber's keynote presentation from the JSWEC conference on social work education, earlier this month.

View the PREZI HERE.

Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 20:31 — No Comments

Social Work Education: special issue on service user and carer involvement

An upcoming special edition of  Social Work Education: The International Journal will focus on the topic of service user and carer involvement in social work education.

In subtitling the themed edition with the question ‘Where are we now?,’ the editors are looking to present a critical overview of the contribution that carers and service users make to important aspects of social work knowledge in their engagement with social work students. Papers…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 18:34 — No Comments

Who else is on the hub?

Browse the profiles of all 733 members of the hub: 


Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 12:42 — No Comments

Mental Health, Ethics and Law: New Programme

This new cross-faculty Masters programme at Kings College London is delivered by two internationally recognised centres of excellence. It provides an integrated, strongly interdisciplinary, education in mental health, ethics and law. It will equip students to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy. 


• In-depth and integrated clinical, philosophical and legal analysis of key issues presented in the…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Splitting in two: Mad pride and punk rock oblivion

In this book Robert Dellar traces his life journey from his childhood in a working class area of Watford, through Sussex University and the London squatting community, to the murky waters of mental health, as he describes it. Of special importance is the pioneering work Robert did in Hackney Hospital. Here he set up a Patients' Council and Advocacy Department At the time of the hospital's closure in the mid 90s, Robert organised some lively gigs described here in colourful detail. His…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2015 at 15:57 — No Comments

Standing up to madness: an autobiography

Nelsy uses her individual history as a research tool, as a means of dialogue and as therapy:

"My name is Nelsy, I was born in Colombia and I have lived in England over twenty years. I fell "ill" in England and in the midst of my madness I took advantage of my circumstances living among "mad" people, to make sense of my madness and of psychiatric treatment.I have explored my madness over ten years…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Challenging stress, burnout and rust-out: new book

This book, by Teena Clouston, provides professionals with techniques for developing a more balanced lifestyle. Teena discusses the meaning of whole life balance and explains how it can be achieved in reality with some simple, straightforward strategies.

Find out more

Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2015 at 9:32 — No Comments

Improving acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults in England: Interim report

This interim report is based on the Commission’s initial observations about acute inpatient psychiatric services for adults in England and its discussions with patients, carers, advocates, health and social care professionals and policy makers. Five main themes have emerged:

1 The so-called bed or admission crisis is very significantly a problem of discharges and alternatives to admission and can only be addressed through changes in services and the management of the whole…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 11:31 — No Comments

Disabled people, work and welfare: is employment really the answer?

This is the first book to challenge the concept of paid work for disabled people as a means to ‘independence’ and ‘self determination’. Recent attempts in many countries to increase the employment rates of disabled people have actually led to an erosion of financial support for many workless disabled people and their increasing stigmatisation as ‘scroungers’. Led by the disability movement’s concern with the employment choices faced by disabled people, this controversial book uses…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Tales from the Madhouse - new book

Publisher's description: 'Current psychiatric practices are based on pseudo-scientific assumptions that are barely more valid than those of witchcraft and demonic possession that dominated society’s approach to madness in bygone centuries. Gary Sidley's 33 years of experience working as a mental health professional – psychiatric nurse, clinical psychologist and manager - has enabled the creation of a distinctive insider account of the shameful failings of the Western psychiatric…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

Asylum Magazine - Summer 2015 issue

Do you use Asylum magazine in your teaching?  Published six times a year, Asylum provides a wealth of thought provoking material to develop critical and reflective thinking about mental health.

Asylum, Summer 2015, Volume 22, Number 2

This issue of Asylum opens with reflections on the life and contribution of Leonard Roy Frank, described by Will Hall as a 'brilliant soul' who spoke out against psychiatric oppression and inspired human rights activists around…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Social Work Blues: new book

Social Work Blues: the experiences of a mental health survivor as a professional social worker, by Philip Hill.

Publisher's information.  'This is an account of how Philip Hill, a mental health survivor diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, entered the social work profession on the 4th of October 2004. This book tells about how he managed his impairment to become an effectual practitioner. It documents the ups and downs of his time in the profession and his continuing role as a…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Survivor Performance Arts and exhibition

As part of the University of Birmingham's Community Day on Sunday 7th September 2014, the Social Work Department, Institute of Applied Social Studies, are hosting a 'Survivor Performance Arts and Exhibition'  in Muirhead Tower from 11 am until 4 pm.

The exhibition

Survivor Performance Arts and Exhibition 2014
You are invited to view the Survivor Arts Exhibition anytime between 11 am and 4 pm…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Job vacancy: lecturer in mental health, Lancaster University

Lecturer in Mental Health

Health Research

Salary:   £33,242 to £45,954 

Closing Date:   Monday 10 August 2015

Interview Date:   To be confirmed 

Reference:  A1312

Lancaster University has a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching and research. It is in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world and highly ranked…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Short Stories about Madness

Short Stories About... project

Short Stories About... is a new series of collected writing and visual arts on a unifying theme.

Our debut collection, Short Stories About Mothers, featured a mother on the birth of her (extremely) premature twins, a woman who had decided motherhood wasn't for her, a mum 'lost' to dementia and a nun talking about acting as midwife for a community (and her Mother Superior). 

One of the aims of Short Stories About... is to present…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Mad Positive in the Academy - three short films

In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, three short videos, or ‘web docs’, have been created.  They discuss: what it means to be mad positive in the…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 9:46 — No Comments

Financial Melancholia: mental health and indebtedness - new report

The rise of mental health problems such as depression cannot be understood in narrowly medical terms, but instead needs to be understood in its political-economic context. An economy driven by debt (and prone to problem debt at the level of households) will have a predisposition towards rising rates of depression. Quantitative evidence demonstrates the influence of inequality on rising levels of household debt and depression, and indicates a causal links between debt and mental health…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 13:37 — No Comments

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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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