November 2011 Blog Posts (7)

Mental health, employment and the social care workforce

This briefing summarises evidence on what prevents people with mental health problems from working or retaining work in social care and what can be done to enable them to work. It provides a summary of a range of policy and programmes designed to enable people with mental health problems to gain, retain and regain work, with specific focus on employment in social care. Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 12:33 — No Comments

Mental health service transitions for children and young people

This guide is for all staff working with young people with mental health problems who need to move from one service to another that is, to make a 'transition'. In the guide you will find underlying principles, information about making services accessible and easy to use, transition planning and practice, working together, and performance management and monitoring: all key areas where improvements will make a real difference to the lives of young people, their families and carers. The guide…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 12:22 — No Comments

Listening to Experience: An independent inquiry into acute and crisis mental healthcare

Crisis and acute mental health services provide for people when they are at their most unwell and vulnerable. Between Autumn 2010 and Summer 2011, Mind’s independent inquiry heard evidence from 400 service users and professionals in relation to acute mental healthcare in England and Wales.

Download report.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 12:11 — No Comments

Completing the revolution: transforming mental health and tackling poverty

This Centre for Social Justice report warns that Britain is hampered by an "unfinished revolution in mental health care" and that further reforms are urgently needed to achieve the goals set by the policy-makers of the 1970s and 1980s who championed the cause of care in the community. Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 12:02 — No Comments

Two new podcasts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Claire Dillon, consultant forensic psychiatrist talks to Alain, former patient, about his experience of being admitted to hospital plus Dr Ali Ajaz interviews Dr Paul Simon Williams on the subject of forensic psychiatry.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 25, 2011 at 18:25 — No Comments

Preventing loneliness and social isolation: interventions and outcomes

This is one in a series of research briefings about preventive care and support for adults.

This briefing focuses on services aimed at reducing the effects of both loneliness and social isolation. Although the terms might have slightly different meanings, the experience of both is generally negative and the resulting impacts are undesirable at the individual, community and societal levels.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 11, 2011 at 18:37 — No Comments

BSA Happiness Study Group conference: 1 February 2012

British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group

Day Conference

Wednesday 1st February 2012, 10.30am-4.30pm

BSA Meeting Room,  Imperial Wharf, London



Call for Abstracts

Researching Happiness:Theoretical and Methodological Challenges



The British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group invites social scientists to submit abstracts for their forthcoming day conference that aims to explore the theoretical and methodological challenges facing…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 9, 2011 at 20:56 — No Comments

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Think Ahead Programme - Independent evaluation

Posted by Jill Anderson on May 1, 2019 at 7:52 0 Comments

The Think Ahead social work qualifying programme was launched in 2016, with the aim of providing a new, mental health focused route into the social work profession in partnership with employer organisations. 

An independent evaluation has just been published, based on the experience of the programme over its first two years. 

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Mad Studies group - Birmingham

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 18, 2019 at 10:30 0 Comments

Are you a Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP)? (Mad) Academic? Student? Clinician? Service User? Carer?

 All welcome! 

‘Mad Studies’ is a field of scholarship, theory, and activism about the lived experiences, history, cultures, and politics about people who may identify as 'Mad', mentally ill,…

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Engaging with Voices videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2019 at 20:30 0 Comments

These 15 videos were created by Elisabeth Svanholmer, Charlie Heriot-Maitland and Rufus May. Filming and editing by John Richardson and his team  

The Engaging with Voices videos are intended as inspiration and support for people interested in compassionate…

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RE:CREATE psychiatry

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2019 at 21:23 0 Comments

The UK mental healthcare system is deemed by many to be failing its users, and lauded by many more as one of the best in the world. As a community of people who have journeyed through mental ill-health and well-being, we at Mental Fight Club have contemplated standards of care both abysmal and outstanding. Now, we want to instigate new thinking stemming from our collective…

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Supporting student mental health in higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2019 at 8:18 0 Comments

Supporting Student Mental Health in Higher Education

by Samuel Stones and Jonathan Glazzard

April 2019  2144pp   ISBN 9781912508778   



Student mental health is a key consideration in higher education with recent reports identifying a major gap in provision by universities and how ill-equipped…

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My name is Rachel: Radio programme

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2019 at 21:32 0 Comments

Rachel Waddingham hears voices. The first time she heard them she was lying in a bed. “You’re so stupid”, “they are watching you”, “it would be much better if you just ended it all”. She was also convinced she was being watched, that she was at the centre of a conspiracy. She ended up dropping out of university and eventually was admitted to a psychiatric unit. “I began to hear the alien speak to me, and that alien told me that I was a murderer, that it could control me, that it was going to…

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Spaces of Mental Health: Call for papers

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:32 0 Comments

This is an interdisciplinary session “Spaces of Mental Health” in the 8th European Conference on Mental Health October 2nd-4th in Belfast, UK.



Space has long been interest across disciplines such as history, geography, sociology, health studies,criminology, architecture and nursing studies. The meaning ascribed to space often varies between

disciplines. This session emphasizes the theme of the conference “breaking down the boundaries” by inviting participants from different…

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Mad in the UK - podcasts

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:30 0 Comments

A range of audiovisual resources which may be of use in teaching. 

See HERE.

BA in Social Enterprise and Creative Care: university of Hull

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:19 0 Comments

This course aims to educate a new generation of project pioneers to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability, ill health, poverty, trauma or social exclusion. It focuses on engaging and sustaining communities to improve wellbeing – while developing skills in leadership, social welfare, project management and solving practical problems. Learners will study key topics such as:

  • Enterprising welfare – skills in applying for funding, designing websites and…
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