July 2017 Blog Posts (28)

Two books about depression

Ordinarily well: the case for antidepressants

In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about the popular medications. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients' dilemmas with an…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2017 at 22:06 — No Comments

Reflecting on Threshold Concepts: an introductory tool

Threshold concepts are ideas or ways of looking at things that enable a deep grasp of something in the world; the phrase ‘threshold’ signifies the crossing that a learner is enable to make between superficial knowledge and a deeper and irreversible understanding. The Threshold concepts introductory tool is for anyone wishing to understand and apply a cluster of ideas around threshold concepts and the learning that occurs when students encounter troublesome ideas that transform their…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 26, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Student living: collaborating to support mental health in university accommodation

'This report was informed by the Student Living project, a pilot project between Student Minds, University Partnership Programme (UPP) and Nottingham Trent University in 2016, funded thanks to the UPP Foundation, as well as a review of existing literature and interviews with a range of sector experts.This report includes:

• Recommendations for accommodation providers and university staff

• Suggested ways of working to promote positive student mental health.

• Discussion…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 26, 2017 at 8:57 — No Comments

A history of the ward in 10 and a half objects - Lancet essay by Charlotte Walker

The first time I was admitted to a psychiatric unit my preconceptions were challenged. It was not scary, or at least not most of the time. It was, however, boring, something I hadn't really expected, and above all, it was odd. Experiences that staff and more seasoned patients took for granted were to me surprising, even bizarre, catching my attention and making me a participant observer of my own care. Here I have curated several objects representing the closed environment of the ward.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2017 at 18:16 — 1 Comment

Being mindful of mental health - The role of local government in mental health and wellbeing

This Local Government Association report explores how councils influence the mental wellbeing of our communities and how council services, from social care to parks to open spaces to education to housing, help to make up the fabric of mental health support for the people in our communities.

Read the Report

Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2017 at 18:11 — No Comments

Creative Health: The arts for health and wellbeing

Report produced by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry

Key messages (courtesy of Clive Parkinson's blog)

1. The arts, imagination and creativity can help keep us well, aid our recovery and support longer lives better lived. 

2. Prescribing arts to deliver health saves money.

3. There is great potential for the arts to do more to help meet major challenges facing health and social care:…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 23, 2017 at 8:21 — No Comments

Green light toolkit - MH, autism and learning disabilities

An NDTi guide to auditing and improving mental health services so that they are effective in supporting people with autism and people with learning disabilities.

The Green Light Toolkit is a set of free to access resources including:

  • A recently updated audit framework and toolkit, and easy read version
  • A database of examples of reasonable adjustments made by services,…
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Added by Jill Anderson on July 23, 2017 at 8:13 — No Comments

Helping students adjust to university life

Interestinbg article in this months Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Journal on using a strengths based approach with new students to help them adjust to the transition and deal with all the insecurities that it brings. Some quite positive effects and seems to meet their initial needs.

I developed an on line package attempting to "normalise" the doubts new students have, it received some positive reviews but not visited as much as I thought it would…

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Added by steve lyon on July 21, 2017 at 15:10 — 1 Comment

Crazywise

Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. …

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 21, 2017 at 14:08 — No Comments

Links between mental health academics and student support services

Are there close links, in your institution, between people involvement in teaching/learning about mental distress on the one hand, and student support services on the other?  

Do you think such connections are important and, if so, why?

I've recently been involved in a number of discussions about this question and would really value any thoughts.  Please use the comments box or contact me.  Many thanks. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 21, 2017 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Parental mental health and child welfare: videos

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 21, 2017 at 12:54 — No Comments

Strengths based social work with adults

In January 2017 the Chief Social Worker for Adults in collaboration with the Social Care Institute for Excellence hosted a roundtable event at SCIE to explore what strengths-based social work with adults, individuals, families and communities really means for practitioners and people using services. 

This report from the workshop extends the call to action around strengths-based social work practice and captures the key points and comments from the group discussions with summaries of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 21, 2017 at 12:29 — No Comments

The State of Care in Mental Health Services: 2014-2017

In 2014,the CQC started its programme of comprehensive inspections of specialist mental health services in England. It has now inspected all 54 NHS mental health trusts in England and all 221 independent mental health services.

This report identifies several areas of concern: 

  • The safety of services
  • Persistence of restrictive practices
  • Access and waiting times
  • Poor clinical information services…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 21, 2017 at 10:21 — No Comments

Well-being and higher education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education's Greater Purposes

The newest release from Bringing Theory to Practice, Well-Being and Higher Education explores the multiple connections of well-being to higher education—and why those connections matter for the individual lives of students and those who teach; for the institution; and for whether or not the unique promise of higher education to a democratic society can be advanced . . . and realized.

The volume provides 35 accessible essays including but not limited to the following topics: a…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 21, 2017 at 8:21 — No Comments

Discursive of Tunbridge Wells

The Discursive of Tunbridge Wells podcasts - produced by Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christchurch University are fascinating and a good teaching/learning resource. 

See recent podcast on …

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 20, 2017 at 8:32 — No Comments

Survivor Researcher Network

'The Survivor Researcher Network (SRN) aims to provide mental health service users and survivors involved and interested in research a forum for networking, sharing information, and supporting each other. 

We have recently recruited ten volunteers from across the country to join the new Survivor Researcher Network working group. The new group members…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 20, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Wellbeing practitioner posts at Sheffield Hallam University

2 wellbeing practitioner posts are now live on the recruitment portal.

There are opportunities for wellbeing  practitioners to join an existing team of multidisciplinary staff:…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 19, 2017 at 11:15 — No Comments

Network of Academics with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions

We are Chronically Academic, a network of academics with disabilities and chronic conditions. We welcome members across all academic disciplines. Our aim is to create a network of mutual support and resources for academics with disabilities and chronic conditions and to raise public awareness for our cause. Our team members all have personal experiences with disabilities and/or chronic conditions. We aim to help others with practical advice in finding concrete solutions to the issues they…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2017 at 22:33 — No Comments

International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery 2016 - Video presentations

The Videos uploaded on this Channel are a glimpse of presentations selected and edited from INTAR India 2016 (26-28 November, 2016, Lavasa, Maharashtra).

'India, and nearly all countries in Asia region, have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Persons with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities are still on the margins of efforts at mainstreaming disabilities in development.

We have faith in Article 19…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2017 at 23:14 — No Comments

UUK work on Mental Health in Higher Education

Universities UK has established a programme of work on mental health in higher education to ensure that wellbeing and mental health are a strategic priority for universities. Two principles inform this work:

  • ​​​We all have mental health, well or unwell.
  • A whole university approach to wellbeing is needed.

 We are working in partnership with Public…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2017 at 12:38 — No Comments

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Journal of autoethnography for health and social care.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2018 at 17:32 0 Comments

This journal aims to provide a forum for opening intellectual curiousity and exploration via auto ethnographic enquiry. The journal casts a critical eye over the material, social, cultural and political worlds we inhabit.

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Keeping Control - animation

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 11:00 0 Comments

IF BAD THINGS HAPPEN AND THEN YOU ARE NOT HELPED OR PROTECTED THAT MAKES IT MUCH WORSE

This animation was commissioned to disseminate the findings from a research project carried out at Middlesex…

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Action for Care Workers' Wellbeing

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 10:30 1 Comment

Yesterday, on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018), Action for Care-Workers Wellbeing (ACW) was launched.

Facilitated by BASW, ACW is a collaborative network of professionals from the NHS and social care who represent a wide range of key UK caring professions (Nursing, General Practice, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Paramedics).

The group’s aim is to raise awareness of stress and burnout within the health and social care workforce, identify solutions, and propose…

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Abstracts and reviewers wanted: International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2018 at 10:14 0 Comments

The 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health takes place in York next July. It is an opportunity for social work practitioners, researchers, service users and carers to come together to discuss practice innovations, research and futures for social work in the spheres of health and…
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Upcoming changes to the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts: video of SCIE webinar

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 27, 2018 at 15:17 0 Comments

In September 2018, SCIE hosted a webinar to discuss the forthcoming changes to the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. The webinar reflected on the important changes in how people's rights are protected. A panel of policy and practice experts in both pieces of legislation helped practitioners, academics and others reflect on these important changes.

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Minds, Madness, Medicine: should we change the way we treat mental illnesses? - video of debate at the Hay festival

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2018 at 7:42 0 Comments

Deaths from heart disease have fallen by almost two thirds since the 1960s.Yet outcomes for those with mental illness, from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, have not improved for decades. Is this because we have the wrong diagnoses? Might neuroscience provide more precise descriptions and therefore more effective treatment? Or is mental health too complex for us to understand it in mere…

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Religion and Belief: supporting inclusion of staff and students in higher education and colleges

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 22, 2018 at 8:30 2 Comments

Advance HE has issued a comprehensive new guide: “Religion and Belief: supporting inclusion of staff and students in higher education and colleges" to higher education institutions across the UK, and colleges in Scotland.

The guidance examines a full range of engagements with students, staff and beyond the campus in areas such as access, recruitment and civic responsibilities, providing detailed recommendations which institutions may wish to consider when…

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Patient and Public Involvement and engagement and coproduction - call for papers.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 13, 2018 at 14:51 0 Comments

INVOLVE is currently exploring what is meant by ‘Co-production’ its application in health and social care research varies, revealing a lack of consensus around the concept. Some argue that co-production in research is just ‘really good PPI’, whilst for others it is very different: a much more deliberative process which requires public members and researchers to be involved on an equal footing throughout every stage of the design and delivery of research.…
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Asylum 25.3 is out now

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:10 0 Comments

This special Welfare Rights feature was inspired by discussions with people attempting to navigate the welfare system and has been developed by co-editor Ria Dylan and Danny Taggart.

Asylum cvr 25-3 web image

Asylum 25.3 presents a series of articles that reflect the despair, illness and worse that people have…

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SMaRteN network - project coordinator post

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:06 0 Comments

This role will support the development and coordination of a national student mental health research network, including a Student-led Research Team, ensuring strong stakeholder engagement across the network activities.…

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