October 2017 Blog Posts (26)

Narrative Masterclass - Storying Sheffield Film

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 

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 31, 2017 at 11:42 — No Comments

A forum for psychologists with lived experience of mental ill health

This forum is a place for psychologists with lived experience of mental ill health to understand that they are not alone, they are amongst many. 

Explore the forum site.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2017 at 13:02 — 1 Comment

Healthy Universities Network

A Healthy University aspires to create a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health, wellbeing and sustainability.

The UK Healthy Universities Network supports its members to develop and implement ‘whole university’ approaches to health, wellbeing and sustainability. It is part of a global movement.

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Thriving at work: new report

Thriving at work: the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers has just been published.  This is an independent review into how employers can better support the mental health of all people currently in employment including those with mental health problems or poor well-being to remain in and thrive through work. It has revealed a big human cost of poor mental health at work with knock on impacts for society, the economy and Government.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Recovery Rising - new book on addiction treatment and recovery

Recovery Rising is the professional memoir of William White, who, over the span of five decades, evolved through several diverse roles to emerge as the addiction field's preeminent historian and one of its most visionary voices and prolific writers. Recovery Rising contains the stories, reflections, and lessons learned within one man's personal and professional journey. Recounted here are many of the ideas, methods, people, and organizations that shaped the modern history of addiction…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 24, 2017 at 13:18 — No Comments

Future Patient Blog

David Gilbert is a mental health service user with 30 years of experience as a patient and public engagement practitioner. He is

He writes the Future Patient blog - about the possibilities of patient-led and user-led healthcare.

All his postings are listed here.  This is a great resource for teaching. 

Read the blog.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 23, 2017 at 10:20 — No Comments

Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

'The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health offers the most comprehensive collection of theoretical and applied writings to date with which students, scholars, researchers and practitioners within the social and health sciences can systematically problematise the practices, priorities and knowledge base of the Western system of mental health. With the continuing contested nature of psychiatric discourse and the work of psy-professionals, this…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 21, 2017 at 10:39 — 1 Comment

Discourses of Men's suicide notes: new book

Deaths by suicide are high: every 40 seconds, someone in the world chooses to end their life. Despite acknowledgement that suicide notes are social texts, there has been no book which analyzes suicide notes as discursive texts and no attempt at a qualitative discourse analysis of them. Discourses of Men's Suicide Notes redresses this gap in the literature.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 20, 2017 at 19:49 — No Comments

Why Export Mental Health - interesting video

"When we globalize mental health, concepts of mental health, practices, and the ideology behind them, we are globalizing a particular way of being a person, a contemporary Western way of being a person."

Derek Summerfield, honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, University of London provides a critical view on global mental health. Arguing that it is irresponsible to export Western mental health concepts and methodologies that may have…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 20, 2017 at 19:11 — 2 Comments

The Continuing Education Course on Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs

This series of seven webinars will feature presentations by people with “expertise by lived experience,” psychiatrists, and other professionals. The educational purpose of the series is to present information and insights that arise:

  • from users’ experiences and their efforts to support others who want to taper from their psychiatric medications; research on drug withdrawal
  • the clinical experience of psychiatrists and other professionals who have supported patients…
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Added by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2017 at 9:01 — No Comments

Stress, mental wellbeing and the health, social care and education workforce

Recently updated resource sheet is available HERE

Please let me know if you have links to add. 

Added by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2017 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Three short films about depression.

Linda Gask is the author of The Other Side of Silence: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir of Depression - an 'amazing story of both sides of mental health – the sufferer and the professional- and just how thin that wall actually is' (Annie Watkinson).

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2017 at 8:58 — No Comments

Developing a National Forum for Trainee / Qualified Psychologists with Lived Experience of Psychological Distress

Natalie Kemp is setting up this forum.  See HERE for further details. 

Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Graduate Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace - new report

On this World Mental Health Day - 10th of October 2017 - Student Minds have published the first ever report to uncover the wellbeing of young graduates making the transition from university into the workforce.



The report, based off a survey delivered with colleagues at King’s College London and The City Mental Health Alliance, summarises findings from a large survey of over 300 recent graduates, and considers university preparation for the…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Not by degrees: improving student mental health in the UK's Universities

Across the UK, there is a growing appreciation that mental health matters. For individuals, it can affect their ability to learn, earn, form strong and meaningful relationships, and live long and healthy lives. For government, it can affect productivity, demand for public services and levels of expenditure on out-of-work benefits. But as awareness of the importance of maintaining positive mental health continues to grow, and stigma relating to mental illness is slowly chipped away, other…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 12:48 — No Comments

The Positive and Mindful University - new report

'This report proposes a new way forward for higher education in addressing the problems of mental health among students as well as staff, and helping them achieve higher levels of fulfilment. More than 400,000 staff and 2.2 million students are engaged in higher education in the United Kingdom.

The pamphlet celebrates the diverse and remarkable work that is taking place at British universities. Much of this work is tilted towards offering support once problems have begun to manifest…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 12:43 — No Comments

International Journal for Students as Partners - latest issue

The second issue of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is available HERE

The journal, which is hosted by McMaster University Library Press, is co-edited by students and staff/ faculty from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.

In Issue 2 you will find an editorial, 2 opinion pieces on emotion and partnership, 4 research articles, 3 reflective essays, 3 case…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 8, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983

The Terms of Reference for the review have been published and can be read HERE.  The review is due to report in Autumn 2018.  Its stated aims are to 'help government create a forward-looking plan of changes to legislation and practice, resulting in an enduring legacy of mental health support.'

Added by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2017 at 12:57 — No Comments

Exploring Experience: Bringing Authentic Voices to Mental Health Teaching

'Exploring Experience has been developed to create an accessible and manageable resource to support teaching and study in the field of mental health and distress. Six contributors with experiences of significant distress ("Experts by Experience", or EBE) were recruited through an open strategy, and were paid* to prepare the materials on this site. We have collated 35 videos of around ten minutes each, all recording self-edited responses to open questions…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 4, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

New resource for people who hear voices

There is a new initiative to create a resource for people who hear voices with consultation events in Bradford, London and  Durham.   The consultation aims to create an online resource for people who hear voices.  
Further details available here:
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Added by Kate Karban on October 2, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

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Humanising health and social care - some links

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 5, 2018 at 14:29 0 Comments

Some links to project with a focus on the mental health of mental health professionals and/or humanising health and social care. 

Action for Careforce Wellbeing

https://survivingwork.org/action-for-care-worker-wellbeing/

In2gr8mentalhealth

Destigmatising the experience of mental ill-health in mental health professionals…

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Keeping Control - animation

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:10 0 Comments

This animation was commissioned to disseminate the findings from a research project carried out at Middlesex University.Keeping control

The project set out to address an important gap in research and practice knowledge relating to ‘disability hate crime’, targeted violence and hostility against people with mental health…

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Alternatives to Coercion in Mental Health Settings - Literature Review

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

A Melbourne Social Equity Institute research team is examining ways of avoiding coercive practices to ensure people experiencing mental health crises are treated with dignity and respect.  Most recently, the team undertook a systematic review of global practices that aim to reduce, prevent and end…

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Kindness, Emotions and Human Relationships - the blind spot in public policy: new report

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:00 0 Comments

There is growing recognition of the importance of kindness and relationships for societal wellbeing. But talking about kindness does not fit easily within the rational lexicon of public policy. 

Julia Unwin’s report, for the Carnegie Trust, Kindness, emotions and human…

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Journal of autoethnography for health and social care.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2018 at 17:32 0 Comments

This journal aims to provide a forum for opening intellectual curiousity and exploration via auto ethnographic enquiry. The journal casts a critical eye over the material, social, cultural and political worlds we inhabit.

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Keeping Control - animation

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 11:00 0 Comments

IF BAD THINGS HAPPEN AND THEN YOU ARE NOT HELPED OR PROTECTED THAT MAKES IT MUCH WORSE

This animation was commissioned to disseminate the findings from a research project carried out at Middlesex…

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Action for Care Workers' Wellbeing

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 10:30 1 Comment

Yesterday, on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018), Action for Care-Workers Wellbeing (ACW) was launched.

Facilitated by BASW, ACW is a collaborative network of professionals from the NHS and social care who represent a wide range of key UK caring professions (Nursing, General Practice, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Paramedics).

The group’s aim is to raise awareness of stress and burnout within the health and social care workforce, identify solutions, and propose…

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Abstracts and reviewers wanted: International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2018 at 10:14 0 Comments

The 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health takes place in York next July. It is an opportunity for social work practitioners, researchers, service users and carers to come together to discuss practice innovations, research and futures for social work in the spheres of health and…
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Upcoming changes to the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts: video of SCIE webinar

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 27, 2018 at 15:17 0 Comments

In September 2018, SCIE hosted a webinar to discuss the forthcoming changes to the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. The webinar reflected on the important changes in how people's rights are protected. A panel of policy and practice experts in both pieces of legislation helped practitioners, academics and others reflect on these important changes.

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Minds, Madness, Medicine: should we change the way we treat mental illnesses? - video of debate at the Hay festival

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2018 at 7:42 0 Comments

Deaths from heart disease have fallen by almost two thirds since the 1960s.Yet outcomes for those with mental illness, from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, have not improved for decades. Is this because we have the wrong diagnoses? Might neuroscience provide more precise descriptions and therefore more effective treatment? Or is mental health too complex for us to understand it in mere…

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