August 2015 Blog Posts (13)

Speakezee

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Added by Jill Anderson on August 2, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

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A New Vision for Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 20, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health aims to both explore and suggest various answers to this question. It also aims to challenge each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider…

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The Future of the Mental Health Workforce - new report.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2017 at 9:26 0 Comments

Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network to explore what the mental health workforce of the future should look like. This report presents the key findings from a review of: • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England; • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce; • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundt able…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Mad Positive in the Academy: three short films

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

'In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, we have created three short videos, or ‘web docs’ that discuss: what is means to be mad positive in the…

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Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs?  On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though,…

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness - free e-book

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 11:00 0 Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human…

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Physical health in mental illness: learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 20:47 0 Comments

'People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.



The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched…

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Surviving schizophrenia - video

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:35 0 Comments

Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They’re using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

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Step Change - new framework for universities to help improve student mental health​

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:08 0 Comments

A new framework has been published by Universities UK.  It aims to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in UK higher education institutions.

Step change​  is one strand of UUK's  programme of work to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those who learn and work in higher education.  It aims to support university leaders to help embed good mental…

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