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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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…

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Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…

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The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…
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While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…

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Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…

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Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…

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Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…

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With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.



Guest Editors: 


Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK gillcov17@gmail.com…

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Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.

You…

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