September 2011 Blog Posts (10)

Mental health of students in higher education - RCP report

The main purpose of this report is to provide an update to a previous Royal College of Psychiatrists document, Mental Health of Students in Higher Education, published in 2003. Over the past decade, the demographics of the student population have undergone many changes that are of relevance to the provision of mental healthcare. The numbers of young people in higher education have expanded and they have become more socially and…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 30, 2011 at 16:46 — No Comments

Developing an holistic and joined-up approach to mental wellbeing

Produced by the National Health Universities Project this guidance package provides:

...background information, evidence and links to existing guidance for universities to promote mental wellbeing.

...general information on mental wellbeing as well as separate sections focussing on staff and student issue.

...suggestions on policy/procedures development, areas for consultation, potential internal/external partners to involve.



Added by Jill Anderson on September 26, 2011 at 17:38 — No Comments

User led organisations

The development of User-Led Organisations (ULOs) is central to the Government’s Vision for Adult Social Care .  Research in Practice for Adults (ripfa) held a series of regional workshops to explore and examine the evidence-base for ULOs and how Local Authorities (LAs) can respond and encourage their emerging role.  These pages set out the main messages from the…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 17:26 — No Comments

Social work and social policy - HEA ebulletin

The Higher Education Academy has appointed Vida Douglas as Discipline Lead for Social Work and Social Policy.  See here for her September ebulletin.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 17:09 — No Comments

HEA call for academic associates

The HEA is building a community of Academic Associates to deliver and develop support for learning and teaching in higher education. Expressions of interest are sought from academics with current experience, who are leaders in their field, can work as part of a team, and who share the HEA’s ambition to improve learning and teaching and the student learning experience. See here for further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 17:00 — No Comments

One in Four film festival

An upcoming film festival at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is set to quash the myths and fight the stigmas associated with mental health.  The One in Four Film Festival, which is now in its fifth year, will take place between 10 to 14 October and show a range of entertaining, yet informative, feature films which explore the effects of mental health on individuals and society at large. For further details, see:  …


Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 16:49 — No Comments

Family work - reading lists

I recently came across some very interesting reading lists on the Meriden Family Programme website:

- Family work with BME communities

- Caregiver stress



Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2011 at 19:01 — No Comments

Social WorK Education Support Grant consultation - please respond

The Social Work Education Support Grant (SWEG) is a Department of Health fund to support universities and employers in providing practice learning opportunities for social work students on qualifying courses. It also supports the involvement in social work education of people who use services, and carers.

The SWEG consultation is now live.

Click here to read the full consultation…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2011 at 18:47 — No Comments

Do the right thing: how to judge a ward

Royal College of Psychiatrists report setting out ten standards for adult inpatient mental health care. 

The purpose of this occasional paper is: (a) to offer a useful minimum checklist of standards for managers and commissioners of services to apply in strategic planning and in assessing for themselves the quality of their wards; and (b) to provide elaboration of the ten standards drawing on the evidence of current practice as found by recent reviewing bodies.…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2011 at 18:44 — No Comments

HEA launches second phase of teaching development grants.

The call for bids in the Higher Education Academy’s second phase of teaching development grants has opened today, Monday 5 September 2011.

Over the next year the HEA is making £1.5 million of funding available for teaching development grants.  The funding will stimulate evidence-based research and encourage innovations in learning and teaching that have the potential for sector-wide impact.
The second phase of the scheme, which has just been announced,…

Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2011 at 18:35 — 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. 

View the stories

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.

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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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