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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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.…

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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 …

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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.

Visit the website.

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