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.

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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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Academic Ableism: Disability and higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

Academic Ableism brings together disability studies and institutional critique to recognize the ways that disability is composed in and by higher education, and rewrites the spaces, times, and economies of disability in higher education to place disability front and center.  For too long, argues Jay Timothy Dolmage, disability has been constructed as the antithesis of higher education, often positioned as a distraction, a drain, a problem to be solved. The ethic of…

Drayton Park women's crisis house - interview with Shirley McNicholas

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 24, 2017 at 16:21 0 Comments

Drayton Park women’s crisis house in North London offers an alternative to hospital admission for women experiencing mental health crises. It was Shirley McNicholas’ vision that brought it into existence and she has been leading the service since it opened.  As it approaches its twentieth anniversary in December, she talks to Anne Cooke.…


Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 0 Comments

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Oppressed majority - film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 0 Comments

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 0 Comments

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…


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.…


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