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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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…

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Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…

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The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…
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While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…

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Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…

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Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…

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Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…

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With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.



Guest Editors: 


Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK gillcov17@gmail.com…

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Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.

You…

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