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. 

Access the materials.

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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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.…



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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,…

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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?…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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