September 2016 Blog Posts (14)

Diana Rose - Wellcome Investigator Award

Diana Rose, Professor of User-Led Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, has been awarded an Investigator Award from Wellcome. This grant will fund pioneering research over three years, bringing together for the first time the different elements of user-led research, and going beyond the current highly influential ‘patient and public involvement (PPI) in research’ model, to explore other approaches in the UK…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 22, 2016 at 16:22 — No Comments

Our voices

Our Voices is audio companion to ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’, which brings together interviews, spoken word and other audio pieces developed by creative practitioners with lived experience of mental health issues. They’ve created audio pieces that complement the exhibition, sharing their own experiences and unique perspectives on the ideas and content within it.

The pieces were generated during a co-production project between…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 22, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Two new articles on service user involvement in education.

These articles are from the latest issue of the Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice. 

Aims for service user involvement in training - staying human by Laura Lea and colleagues.

Learning from stories of mental distress in occupational therapy education by Susan…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2016 at 19:35 — 1 Comment

Inquiry into Adult Mental Health Services - all party parliamentary group on social work report

Social workers play a vital role in preventing mental health crises and should be given more scope to practice their skills, an inquiry into mental health services in England has found.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Work (APPG) has taken evidence over a four month period from people using mental health services, families, other professionals, researchers, government officials and politicians. Social workers protect people’s rights in situations of crisis or where a…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2016 at 12:28 — No Comments

'Narrative Masterclass' - by Storying Sheffield

This film is about the ‘Narrative Masterclass’ for medical students and people living with mental health difficulties. The masterclass is based on Storying Sheffield methodologies and focuses on the concept of narrative inquiry as a tool in “recovery” from/within mental ill-health. The class is designed and led by people with lived experience of mental distress/illness.

View the…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 14, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

A simple guide to avoid receiving a diagnosis of personality disorder

This is a leaflet based on a discussion on personality disorder diagnoses that took place in the Recovery in the Bin Facebook group. The leaflet was published in Clinical Psychology Forum No 279, March 2016 , published by the British Psychology Society.…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2016 at 19:57 — No Comments

Social Perspectives Network

Latest newsletter from the SPN is HERE

Added by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Mad studies stream - Storify

There was a very lively and itneresting Mad Studies stream at the Lancaster Disability Studies Conference last week.  A number of people were tweeting throughout. Brigit McWade has collated the tweets in a Storify, which can be viewed HERE.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Sympsoium - anxiety and work in the accelerated academy

Friday September 23rd at the University of Warwick, 9:30am to 6:00pm

The culture and organisation of knowledge production are undergoing dramatic transformations.

Neo-managerialist models for the management of research and teaching, the expansion of audit and academic rankings, and the recasting of universities as service providers and students as consumers are just several of the main features of the ongoing marketisation of science, higher education and…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 6, 2016 at 15:41 — No Comments

Transverse Journal - call for papers on 'Madness'

The panoply of ‘illnesses’ and ‘conditions’ that have historically been uncritically subsumed under the vastly opaque and ambiguous name of ‘madness’ include: Schizophrenia, paranoia, anxiety neurosis, hysteria, and more recently, bipolar disorder, multiple personality disorder, dementia, etc.

Beyond the psychiatric ward and analyst’s couch, madness also manifests itself in quotidian experiences and routines—from a fleeting moment of maddening obsessive compulsion to the throes of…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 6, 2016 at 11:56 — No Comments

ISPS Conference 2017: Call for abstracts

Interested in Psychosis?  Interested in real change for the better?   The ISPS 2017 conference in Liverpool, UK is for you, whatever your discipline and if you are a service use or carer.   The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis conferences have an outstanding reputation for vibrancy, conviviality, breadth of presentations and social events.

Submissions:   Submit a paper, poster, symposium or workshop before December…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 3, 2016 at 16:09 — No Comments

Depression: its true nature - online course

"Depression, its true nature: A comprehensive course for mental health practitioners" is now available.

This course is relevant to all mental health practitioners for whom depression is part of their work remit – including psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, social care workers, psychiatric nurses, GPs, peer group workers, community mental health term members.  This course is also relevant to educators of mental health…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 3, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Developing Advanced Practitioners in Mental Health Social Work: recent article

Advanced social work practitioners in mental health services daily face the challenges of working alongside the more powerful professions of psychiatry and psychology. Advanced post-qualifying programmes in mental health social work equip practitioners with the knowledge, skills and expertise to confidently work alongside both psychiatrists and clinical psychologists in multi-disciplinary teams. This includes training in empirical research methods, which are used to develop the…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 3, 2016 at 15:53 — No Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness: new book by Will Hall

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 spirit. Outside Mental Health invites…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 3, 2016 at 15:49 — 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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