August 2015 Blog Posts (13)


Speakezee is a new platform which brings together event organisers and academic speakers.  At its heart is the desire to help more academics engage with the public and to make it easier for organisers to find relevant experts to talk at their event, whatever the size.

Academics at all levels recognize that public engagement is an essential part of their role in professional development and demonstrating pathways to impact for research evaluation. Speakezee will generate records of…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 21, 2015 at 15:06 — No Comments

The Open Paradigm Project

The Open Paradigm Project is dedicated to fostering the voices and perspectives that accompany changing realities and new understandings of ourselves and the world. The project takes as its starting point that these voices – unusual, or mad as they may be – light the way the way to cultural paradigms. Societies, businesses, and families throughout history have learned from these voices, and ignored them at their peril.

The project produces creative, journalistic, promotional, and…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 19, 2015 at 15:56 — No Comments

The Other Side of Silence: a psychiatrist's memoir of depression

'If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.’

George Eliot, Middlemarch

Having spent her life trying to patch up the souls of others, psychiatrist Linda Gask came to realise that being an expert in depression doesn’t confer any immunity from it – she had to learn to focus on her own…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 19, 2015 at 14:02 — No Comments

Positive Action for Change in Mental Health Services

The case for demedicalising mental health services is well rehearsed. The research has been done, the conferences have been held and the intellectual argument all but won. Yet on a day-to-day basis, services continue to operate within the medicalised status quo. One of the aims of this conference, organised by PCCS books, will be to look at how we can implement realistic, practical changes in our mental health practice, education and lives, in order to continue the progression from…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 17, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

Student Minds Volunteer Festival

Student Minds' Volunteer Festival is fast approaching and will take place in Oxford from the 1st-3rd September. Any students or recent graduates with an interest in student mental health are invited to attend the festival for 3 days of master-classes from a variety of professionals, personal and career development opportunities and the chance to learn from other Student Minds groups across the UK. 

If you or colleagues are aware of student groups or individual students…

Added by Jill Anderson on August 17, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

HEFCE student mental health report: Student Minds consultation

Towards the end of July the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) and Researching Equity Access and Participation (REAP) published a report for the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) on the provision for students with mental health problems and intensive support needs.

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The report was commissioned by HEFCE in the light of the proposed…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 17, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Independent Mental Health Adovacy: the right to be heard - new book on context, values and good practice

This book takes a critical but supportive look at independent mental health advocacy within its broader historical, social and policy contexts, while anticipating future developments in the law.

Including the voices and research of service users, both as authors and compilers, this book provides a wide range of information: from essential values and the knowledge and skills advocates require, to how IMHA services can be made appropriately accessible to diverse groups. Providing…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 8, 2015 at 9:18 — No Comments

The Mental Wellness Summit: online from 10-17 August

'The Mental Wellness Summit is an educational and empowering experience that explores better ways to approach and treat mental health from a root cause perspective ‐ it’s designed with everyone in mind.

Today’s powerful treatment options, including specialized diet and improved nutrition, integrative medicine, naturopathy and functional medicine, somatic therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga and meditation, to name a few, are available but…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 8, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Investigating Psychology - new open access resource

A new open access resource for Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology that has been developed at the Open University. The aim of the tool is to enable people to explore the development of psychological thinking not only across time, but also within the context of social, conceptual and historical changes. It includes: people, contexts, perspectives and methods as well as the 'narratives' feature. Attempts have been made to generate a feeling of investigation and discovery…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 4, 2015 at 9:55 — No Comments

Education and Therapy seminars - University of Manchester

EaT is a new research group that has been developed by members of staff linked to the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester. It aims to create discussions related to the interface between Education and Therapy, and has three main arms of research, which look at: Therapy in educational settings; Counsellor education; and Inequality, education and wellbeing. The seminars are free to attend, but please email Dr Laura Cutts on…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 4, 2015 at 9:44 — No Comments

HEA website relaunch

The Higher Education Academy has a new website.  You can search by content type, resource type discipline, theme - or from a free text box on the homepage. 

Visit the website.

Added by Jill Anderson on August 4, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

The Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice - website now live

The Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice in health and social care has been set up to support the development of values-based practice through shared learning. Based at St Catherine’s College in Oxford the Centre brings together a wide range of individuals and organisations working on different aspects of values-based practice around the world. Although originating primarily in mental health and social care a particular aim of the Collaborating Centre is to…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 3, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Understanding provision for students with mental health problems and intensive support needs

This report, written by the Institution for Employment Studies, in association with Researching Equity, Access and Participation at Lancaster University, focuses on understanding provision for students with mental health problems and intensive support needs. It sits alongside a…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 2, 2015 at 17:30 — 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,…


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…


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…


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.…


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.

Read the comic

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.…


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 …


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.

View it here.

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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