October 2015 Blog Posts (15)

What works: effective dementia training and education - SURVEY

The "What Works" programme has been commissioned by the Department of Health, on behalf of Health Education England and is supported by Skills…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2015 at 18:19 — No Comments

Biographical Archive of Psychiatry

This archive provides information on the life and work
of historical figures in the field of psychiatry. It presents short biographies and biograms of professionals, psychiatric users and their relatives.

A participatory historical research project of Hochschule Niederrhein’s Faculty of Applied Social Sciences.

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Re-imagining professionalism in mental health: towards co-production - ESRC seminar series

This ESRC seminar series focuses on developing new approaches to professionalism in mental health. Its starting point is that professionalism should be informed by the principle of authentic power-sharing between service users, carers and professionals.

Register now for Seminar 1: on Democratic professionalism and mental health.  To be held at the University of Leeds on Tues 5 January 2016. Attendance is free, please register by 10 December. Travel bursaries available.…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 22, 2015 at 13:07 — No Comments

Voices of a Patient: a poem by Philip Sheridan

Philip Sheridan wrote Voices of a Patient in November 2014. He felt inspired to write the poem from the conversations he had with and heard from his peers in the Patient | Carer Community (PCC) based at Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME), University of Leeds. …


Added by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2015 at 19:42 — No Comments

Mental Capacity Act - Learning Resources

Providing guidance for adult social care workers on the MCA and how it relates to their continuing professional development.  The guidance documents are designed to be used by social workers at all levels, from front line practitioners to senior social workers, social work supervisors and managers, to support them to deliver the best outcomes for the people with whom they work.…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 13, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Psycho-social therapies and care environments: special interest group.

This is an open forum for Oral History Society members, to explore the intersections, divergences, and shared worlds of oral history, psycho-social therapies, and therapeutic and care environments.

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2015 at 10:29 — No Comments

Peer Involvement and Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis Services: new guide

The goal of this US guide is to provide a range of different stakeholders with information and best practices for peer support and leadership in early intervention for psychosis (EIP) services. This document includes many concrete examples of exemplary or innovative services, projects and individuals.  A comprehensive appendix of resources is offered at the end. 



Added by Jill Anderson on October 8, 2015 at 21:10 — No Comments

Universities and engagement - new book

Universities and Engagement is a timely and insightful book that examines what universities can contribute to their communities and economies through lifelong learning, a topic which is of increasing importance to Higher Education Institutions across the world.…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2015 at 16:41 — No Comments

Education as Social Construction: Contributions to Theory, Research and Practice

Editors: Thalia Dragonas, Kenneth J. Gergen, Sheila McNamee, Eleftheria Tseliou

Drawing from the rich array of ideas and practices surrounding social constructionist theory, the present volume showcases work from a variety of different cultural settings in education. This demonstrates how constructionist initiatives in education can be successfully shared across national boundaries. More important, we come to see how ideas and practices can be re-formed as they…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Harmful Societies: understanding social harm

While the notion of social harm has long interested critical criminologists it is now being explored as an alternative field of study, which provides more accurate analyses of the vicissitudes of life. However, important aspects of this notion remain undeveloped, in particular the definition of social harm, the question of responsibility and the methodologies for studying harm. This book, the first to theorise and define the social harm concept beyond criminology, seeks to address these…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 2, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Social Innovation Sandpit - 'warm up' event

HEFCE and the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) are holding a warm-up event to set out…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 2, 2015 at 10:24 — No Comments

Depression Delusion: Volume One - new book

For 50 years the public have been told that brain chemical imbalances occur in depression. This “fact” is, in Terry Lynch's view, a falsehood.  It meets psychiatry’s own criteria for a delusion, and - having been systematically promoted by powerful vested interests - has had major adverse consequences for global mental health. Lynch draws on over 30 years experience as a physician, psychotherapist, author and mental activist, to present what he sees as a more accurate way of…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 2, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Another twinkle in the eye - latest book by Elaine Hanzak

This book is about the contemplation of a further pregnancy after perinatal mental illness.  It includes first person accounts, self-help advice, the latest research and evidence in the field and a resource pack.  The book builds on Elaine Hanzak's first book - Eyes without Sparkle - and is produced in an easy to read and accessible format. 

Find out…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 2, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Rocks in my pockets: an animated film about women and depression

A poignant and often hilarious tale of mystery, mental health, redemption and survival. Based on true events about five women of the filmmaker's family, including herself, and their battles with depression and madness.

“'With ‘Rocks In My Pockets,’ Signe Baumane presents a sharp, surprising and funny animated feature, plumbing the depths of depression via her family history. Guided by Ms. Baumane’s almost musically accented voice-over, this hand-drawn debut feature is based upon the…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 1, 2015 at 19:47 — No Comments

Inspire to succeed - transforming teaching and learning in health and social care: Call for Papers

The HEA's annual Health and Social Care conference  will be held in Glasgow on 24-25 February 2016.  How can we inspire, support and share excellent practice in Health and Social Care teaching and learning? 

Call for papers: deadline 10 December…


Added by Jill Anderson on October 1, 2015 at 17:00 — 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. 

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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…


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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