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…

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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…

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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: 

http://mhhehub.ning.com/profiles/members/

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. 

KEY BENEFITS

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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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A New Vision for Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 20, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health aims to both explore and suggest various answers to this question. It also aims to challenge each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider…

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The Future of the Mental Health Workforce - new report.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2017 at 9:26 0 Comments

Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network to explore what the mental health workforce of the future should look like. This report presents the key findings from a review of: • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England; • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce; • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundt able…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Mad Positive in the Academy: three short films

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

'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, we have created three short videos, or ‘web docs’ that discuss: what is means to be mad positive in the…

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Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs?  On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though,…

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness - free e-book

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 11:00 0 Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human…

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Physical health in mental illness: learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 20:47 0 Comments

'People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.



The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched…

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Surviving schizophrenia - video

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:35 0 Comments

Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They’re using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

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Step Change - new framework for universities to help improve student mental health​

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:08 0 Comments

A new framework has been published by Universities UK.  It aims to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in UK higher education institutions.

Step change​  is one strand of UUK's  programme of work to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those who learn and work in higher education.  It aims to support university leaders to help embed good mental…

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