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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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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