July 2016 Blog Posts (10)

Mental health and prevention: taking local action for better mental health

Mental health and prevention: taking local action for better mental health, commissioned by Public Health England, sets out ways to tackle the rapidly growing level of mental ill health. It sets out a road map to bring about a prevention revolution in mental health, delivered in every local area. The report helped shape Public Health England's input into the NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. The evidence presented in this report should inform the local…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Recovery College - a short film

This film - in a series produced by the Health Foundation - features the Severn & Wye Recovery College, which was set up by the 2gether Trust in 2013 to provide a new way to support people living with mental health problems. It looks  at how the college developed and the way it is harnessing peer support to help people manage their own recovery in the long term.

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2016 at 13:23 — No Comments

Case stories: a transdisciplinary project on migration, dying and care.

Case stories is a transdisciplinary project on migration, dying and care. Using oral histories, archival research, stories and art, the aim is to contribute to discussions of social pain at the end of life for migrants by linking marginalised stories. Social pain is the suffering produced by social inequalities, injustice and exclusion. The project includes a digital archive of stories of transnational dying that can be used in teaching.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2016 at 8:30 — No Comments

Are mainstream mental health services ready to progress transformative coproduction: a position paper

This position paper is aimed at everyone with an interest in understanding the challenges for progressing co-production work in mental health services.

It is particularly designed for those involved in mental health policy and development as well as service users and practitioners who want to engage with and understand transformative co-production in mental health. It looks at the implementation of service user and survivor reform and revolution concepts in mainstream mental health…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2016 at 19:09 — No Comments

Searching for a Rose Garden: challenging psychiatry, fostering mad studies

Edited by Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney

Published by PCCS Books on 1st August 2016

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*Anyone who is unwaged or on an insecure wage can buy the book for £11.50. Enter the code srgspecial when you buy from our website or place…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2016 at 16:46 — No Comments

eMenthe - elearning materials on mental health

These materials have been produced - as part of a multilateral EU funded project - for Master's level students and teachers, for professionals to update their knowledge and for the service users and families. There are three modules: Promotion and Prevention; Recovery and Families. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 26, 2016 at 12:39 — 2 Comments

Understanding psychiatric diagnosis in adult mental health

This leaflet is designed to help people make sense of psychiatric diagnosis in adult mental health. It was produced by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) in collaboration with Making Waves (a social firm run by experts by experience). I chair the committee on diagnosis that considers these issues within the DCP.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2016 at 12:00 — 3 Comments

New UN resolution on mental health and human rights.

On 1 July 2016, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights, led by Portugal and Brazil and cosponsored by 61 countries, with more countries still joining.

The resolution highlights:

(i) that “persons with mental health conditions or psychosocial disabilities, in particular…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 5, 2016 at 9:10 — 1 Comment

Mad and Queer Studies: interconnections and tensions

From the Mad Studies Network: 

A guest blog post by Helen Spandler and Meg-John Barker

With the recent emergence of Mad Studies we thought it timely to explore some connections with Queer studies – another critical field of enquiry.  We wanted to examine their similarities and differences; any points of tension; and what each could learn from the other.

Helen has been part of the recent emergence of Mad Studies in the UK and has a long standing…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 2, 2016 at 13:55 — No Comments

Madness Made Me - the documentary

Madness Made Me is the cinematic exploration of a subject that often defies description. Through the exposition of two different accounts of one person’s madness – the doctor’s and the patient’s – a stark and frightening disconnect is revealed.

Things may have changed in New Zealand mental health since the 1980s, in part due to the decades of work done by the film’s subject Mary O’Hagan, but societies the world over still tend to privilege the opinions of ‘experts’ over…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 2, 2016 at 13:53 — 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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