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.

Find out more

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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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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