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.

Visit the archive

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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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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