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.

Download the report

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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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.

The Colour of Madness - new anthology

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2018 at 19:35 0 Comments

The Colour Of Madness is an anthology led and curated by BAME people which is made up of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. It explores the BAME mental health experience in the UK.…


Language, Discourse and Mental Health - new book series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 4, 2018 at 11:40 0 Comments

This book series is a unique  resource to further knowledge and understanding of mental health from a pluralistically informed linguistic perspective.

Using qualitative and quantitative approaches to language-based analysis,…


Medicating me: personal impressions of psychiatric medication

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 2, 2018 at 15:32 1 Comment

A mental health documentary exploring people's encounters with psychiatric medication. It is not giving advice. It is giving a voice. Beyond chemicals, how does the idea of medication function on our identities and upon our view of ourselves?…


Applied Sociology curriculum launched

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 15:36 0 Comments

At the BSA conference in Newcastle last month, the BSA Sociologists outside Academia (SoA) group launched its model curriculum in applied sociology.  This will now be offered free to UK sociology departments, to use within their undergraduate programmes.  It can be downloaded from the curriculum website.

The curriculum is a key element in SoA’s…


The Rosamund Snow Prize

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

Rosamund Snow (1971-2017) will be remembered by many for her work to champion patients’ involvement in healthcare. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in her teens, Rosamund was later asked to help a consultant at her outpatient clinic investigate its high ‘did not attend’ rate; she explains what she found in this talk, addressing a TED×NHS event in 2016. 
Urging her audience to involve patients in service quality…

Authenticity to Action - call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 16:41 0 Comments

The 6th International Authenticity to Action Conference will take place on 5-6 March 2019 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands on the theme of: 'Inspiring partnerships in co-producing  professional education and practice development'.

This exciting two-day conference will celebrate the involvement of patients, service users and carers in Health, Social…


Asylum 25.2 - out now!

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 30, 2018 at 14:43 0 Comments

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now out. It opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in the notion of ‘democratic psychiatry’.  How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of amagazine?   Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved…


Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings - free course

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:03 0 Comments

This free course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, looks at the use of mindfulness in counselling and forensic settings. You will start by learning a bit more about the concept of mindfulness and how it can be understood and applied. You will then consider the different ways in which mindfulness can be integrated into therapy sessions, and what the benefits of these might be. After this, you will explore some of the specific ways in which…


Building critical bridges - Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 28, 2018 at 20:00 0 Comments

The 3rd Conference of the Critical Suicide Studies Network (a.k.a. CritSui3), will be held in Perth WA at the University of Western Australia from 12-13 December 2018.  This conference, the first to be held in the southern hemisphere, builds on prior Critical Suicide Studies conferences in Prague, Czech Republic (2016) and Canterbury, UK (2017), turning the attention to networking, impact and engagement…

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