October 2016 Blog Posts (10)

Being Black, Going Crazy? BBC 3 documenary

Black people in the UK are more likely to be both diagnosed with a significant mental health condition and to be sectioned.

In this authored documentary, blogger and radio presenter Keith Dube, who’s motivated by a personal experience of depression, wants to find out just why the black community is facing a mental health crisis.

By spending time in a secure mental health unit, tapping into the thoughts and experiences of his…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2016 at 8:31 — No Comments

Social Suffering in an Era of Resilience - Call for Papers

The seventh international conference on The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization once again explores the nature of contemporary malaises, diseases, illnesses and syndromes in their relation to cultural pathologies of the social body. Usually these conditions –depression, anxiety, suicide & self-harm, disorders of consumption, stress-related illness, to name just a few- are interpreted clinically in terms of individualized symptoms and framed in demographic and epidemiological…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Surviving work in health

This resource comes out of five years working with health workers and activists under the title of Surviving Work. This involved running courses and discussion events and weekly blogging on topics ranging from how to tackle bullying at work to whether you need to marry a rich man to be a psychotherapist in the UK.  

In 2015 we carried out a series of conversations with practitioners in healthcare at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. Our aim was to think about how psychoanalytic…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 24, 2016 at 12:56 — No Comments

Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, transitions and transformations: call for papers

The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) 2017 annual conference will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.   This year's conference theme  is "Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions and Transformations."

The metaphor of gateway is used widely to represent passages from one location to another, from one undertaking to another, from one way of life to another.  In the realms of the theory and practice of technology, pedagogy, and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 18, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Patient and Public Involvement in Nurse Education

Peter Bates is working in partnership with Health Education England to create a 'How To' guide on involving patients and the public in nurse education. 



The project covers England and includes all four fields of nursing practice - Child, Adult, Mental Health and Learning Disability. It ranges from pre-registration to post-qualification continuous professional development. The Guide will help a range of stakeholders, including

  • students and staff who are engaged in…
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Added by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Coercion in Community Mental Health Care - international perspectives: new book

The use of coercion is one of the defining issues of mental health care. Since the earliest attempts to contain and treat the mentally ill, power imbalances have been evident and a cause of controversy. There has always been a delicate balance between respecting autonomy and ensuring that those who most need treatment and support are provided with it.

Coercion in Community Mental Health Care: International Perspectives is an essential guide to the current coercive practices worldwide,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Students' lived experience and learning about mental health

Any thoughts???

Added by Jill Anderson on October 9, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Bonnie Burstow scholarship in antipsychiatry

A new scholarship has been established at OISE, University of Toronto called "The Bonnie Burstow Scholarship in Antipsychiatry"- the very first such scholarship anywhere in the world.  It will be awarded yearly in perpetuity to OISE students doing theses in the area of antipsychiatry.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 9, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Recovery in the Bin: new guide - 'how to be a good psychotic'

Recovery in the Bin is a user led group for mental health survivors and supporters.  Following on from their recent Guide to avoid receiving a diagnosis of personality disorder, they have now produced a similar guide for psychosis.  Thanks to Michael Ashman for sharing.

Download here.  

 

Added by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2016 at 10:09 — No Comments

Healthtalk online: new scrapbooks feature

healthtalk.org provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences.

The Scrapbooks feature has been designed with learners and teachers in mind. It enables one to save relevant videos and pieces of content, gathering them together in collections or scrapbooks around particular theme.  These can then be shared and videos will appear as a playlist to use…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 4, 2016 at 15:30 — 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.…



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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,…

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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?…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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