November 2016 Blog Posts (11)

Essay proposals - Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health

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Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health

We are seeking essay…


Added by Zoe Parker on November 29, 2016 at 16:36 — No Comments

Book review: Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement

In Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement, editors Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson and Bob Sapey bring together contributors to explore the challenges of applying theories and policies of disability to understandings of madness and distress. With a number of essays drawing on close engagement with lived experience, this is a rewarding and frequently compelling read that does not shy away from grappling with the uncertainties surrounding its field of inquiry, finds Peter…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 25, 2016 at 0:50 — No Comments

Healing the rifts between mental health workers and psychiatric survivors

Jan Wallcraft and other survivors have made a plea for Truth and Reconciliation in relation to psychiatry.  Such initiatives have been developed in relation some of the world’s worst human rights abuses such as Apartheid South Africa. Could this work in such a contested field as psychiatry?  Helen Spandler considers the issues.

Read her blog posting …


Added by Jill Anderson on November 21, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Literatures of Madness:Disability Studies and Mental Health - edited collection

We are seeking essay proposals for a peer-reviewed edited volume, Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health, which will be submitted to the Literary Disability Studies book series at Palgrave Macmillan (

The volume will collect disability studies essays that focus on mental health, madness, and addiction in literary texts. Papers that engage with the place of psychiatric… Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2016 at 11:07 — No Comments

International Journal of Mental health and Capacity Law

The International Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law is an international peer reviewed open access journal devoted to the intersection between law, mental health and mental capacity. It publishes scholarly work on the civil and criminal aspects of this intersection. This covers matters that have a long history of producing difficult legal dilemmas – such as the involuntary detention and treatment of people with psycho-social disorders, and the impact of mental impairment on criminal…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 11, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Mind our Minds: fighting for better UK mental health services

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2016 at 12:37 — No Comments

New journal: Prism: casting new light on learning, theory and practice.

Welcome to PRISM, a peer-reviewed, open-access, journal that seeks to foster innovative approaches to the advancement of critical perspectives spanning all domains of learning and teaching. PRISM is currently open to submissions. The Journal’s inaugural call for papers is now available.


Added by Jill Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 20:56 — No Comments

ISPS conference - deadline for abstracts is approaching!

Making Real Change Happen

ISPS Conference in Liverpool, 30 August – 3 September 2017

Interested in Psychosis?  Interested in real change for the better?   The ISPS 2017 conference in Liverpool, UK is for you, whatever your discipline and if you are a service use or carer.   The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis conferences have an outstanding reputation for vibrancy, conviviality, breadth of…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 7, 2016 at 10:41 — No Comments

Innovative approaches to service user involvement in research and education

19 April 2017, Aalborg, 9.00 – 12.30 hours

On April 19th 2017, on the day preceding the European Social Work Research Association conference in Aalborg, the SIG on Service User Involvement will organise a pre-conference event, in collaboration with PowerUs. The theme will be: 'Innovative approaches to service user involvement in research and education’ Topics include: ‘The value of service user participation’. ‘Enablers and Barriers to Effective Service user Involvement in Research’;…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 4, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Autoethnography of How the Neoliberal University can be Toxic for Our Mental Health

I am pleased to announce that the Journal of Education Policy has just published (online) my autoethnographic critique of the neoliberal university and how it can impact on our mental health.  It draws on my personal experience of mental distress in the context of the 2014 REF.  Below is the abstract and a link to the article.  I hope that this can be a positive contribution to debates about the dehumanising effects of managerial practices in higher education and a call for the assertion of…


Added by Simon Warren on November 3, 2016 at 12:36 — No Comments

Survey on the Mental Health Act

This survey is from the Mental Health Alliance, a coalition of more than 75 organisations from across the mental health spectrum and beyond that work together to advocate for fair implementation of the Mental Health Act in England and Wales.  Rethink Mental Illness are members of the Alliance and have been commissioned to develop this survey.  

Please click Next to begin the survey. The survey should take around fifteen minutes to…


Added by Jill Anderson on November 1, 2016 at 16:39 — 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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