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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Launch of Mad In Asia - online platform

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:14 0 Comments

Mad in Asia is an online platform whose primary mission is to contribute to changing the narrative about madness and mental distress.

Mad in Asia hopes to showcase narratives that are contextually relevant for the Asia region that focus on the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities as well as challenge the dominance of western biomedical psychiatry and clinical psychology. Led by persons with psychosocial disabilities from Asian countries and in collaboration with…

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Community Open Online Courses (COOCs)

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:08 0 Comments

Community Open Online Courses (COOCs) are an opportunity for people to share their passions, ideas and knowledge with each other.  What learning is created is down to you, the users.  Learning is most enjoyable when it is taught by those with enthusiasm and a desire to share what they know.  The word ‘courses’ is loosely used, there are no exams, no tests, no qualifications required.  The aim is to get people from all parts of the community to generate learning opportunities and to share…

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The Angry Consumer - embracing difficult conversations

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 10, 2018 at 10:54 0 Comments

This is a great new blog post by Nev Jones. 

Download here.

Assessment for Social Justice: perspectives and practices within higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 1, 2018 at 19:05 0 Comments

Assessment for Social Justice: perspectives and practices within higher education, by Jan McArthur, looks at assessment in HE through the lenses of critical pedagogy and social justice, and offers new insights to both fields of enquiry. …

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Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 30, 2018 at 10:30 0 Comments

This new book, by Noël Hunter, represents a critical exploration of the mental health system as it pertains to individuals experiencing 'madness'

trauma and madness

Is written entirely from the perspective of people with lived experience

Offers resources and directions for the future, as recommended by people with the experiences in consideration.

Find out…

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Social policy first hand An international introduction to participatory social welfare

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2018 at 14:30 0 Comments

Social policy is often constructed and implemented by people who have little experience of its impact as a service user, but there has been a growing interest in greater public, patient and service user involvement in social policy as both political activity and academic discipline.

Social…

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Mad Studies webinar series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 13:59 0 Comments

This series of eight online webinars will introduce participants to mad studies, an emerging, interdisciplinary field encompassing a variety of philosophical, social, and cultural perspectives on what we consider "madness." As a discipline, mad studies seeks to challenge dominant understandings of "mental illness," rejecting the notion that the biomedical model of psychiatry is an accurate interpretation of human mental and emotional states. Mad studies offers a variety of alternative…

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Paying people who receive benefits - coproduction and participation.

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 13:55 0 Comments

This At a glance briefing, from SCIE, looks at benefit changes that can make it easier for people who use services and carers to get involved in paid co-production/ participation in health and social care. 

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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.

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