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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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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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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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All is not well - comics about care

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

I See You is about a girl being cared for by her father after being discharged from psychiatric hospital. The father cares emotionally and practically. He stays present in response to the girl’s anger and despair and tries metaphorically to give the girl her childhood back.

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Medicated Stable: animated film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 15:16 0 Comments

Medicated Stable is an animated film that explores some of the experiences of mental health treatment, support and recovery in Southampton. Funded by NHS England, this animated film produced by Healthwatch Southampton is based on ‘Barriers and Facilitators for promoting recovery in mental health’ a research paper co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and the University of Southampton.…

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Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 16, 2017 at 14:08 0 Comments

Britain’s first university centre dedicated to improving mental health in schools has opened.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools has been established at Leeds Beckett University.

Similar centres already exist in the US and Canada. Its aim is to create a network of educators, mental health practitioners and …

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Trauma informed education in mental health nursing

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 15, 2017 at 10:32 0 Comments

Stirling University film  looking at MH through a Trauma Lens featuring staff, graduates & clinicians.

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Mental Health Occupational Therapy Interventions and Outcomes Network

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 0 Comments

MOTION is a collaboration between researchers, service users, clinicians and educators committed to improving outcomes in mental health occupational therapy by advancing research.

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