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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Croatia: out of institutions, into the world

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 20:00 0 Comments

More than 8,200 people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities in Croatia remain in segregated institutions and psychiatric hospitals with little control over decisions that affect their lives, Human Rights Watch said. While the Croatian government has made some progress in protecting the rights of people with disabilities, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living arrangements has been limited and slow. In a video released by Human Rights Watch,…


1000 conversations: speaking out on mental health

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:34 0 Comments

Stories of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties - shared on the Centre for Mental Health website. 

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Quality in Undergraduate Education: How Powerful Knowledge Disrupts Inequality

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:00 0 Comments

Globally, the appetite for higher education is great, but what do students and societies gain? Quality in Undergraduate Education foregrounds the importance of knowledge acquisition at university. Many argue that university education is no longer a public good due to the costs incurred by students who are then motivated by the promise of lucrative employment rather than by studying a discipline for its own sake. McLean, Abbas and Ashwin, however, reveal a…


International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:55 0 Comments

'The International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal (IIPDW) was created to respond to a glaring need in mental health: to develop ways for helping people withdraw from psychiatric drugs.

Mental health has failed to provide support to people who want to reduce or withdraw from their psychiatric drugs. Often, people are simply told it is a bad idea, and thus are left to try to reduce or withdraw without the support they need.

Indeed, psychiatric drugs have been…


Life of the Mind Interrupted: essays on mental health and disability in higher education

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:43 0 Comments

The essays in this book cover topics such as disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. Written for a popular audience, for those with disabilities and for those who want to learn more about living a disabled life, Life of the Mind Interrupted aims to make higher education, and the rest of our society, more humane.…


All is not well - comics about care

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

I See You is about a girl being cared for by her father after being discharged from psychiatric hospital. The father cares emotionally and practically. He stays present in response to the girl’s anger and despair and tries metaphorically to give the girl her childhood back.

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Medicated Stable: animated film

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 15:16 0 Comments

Medicated Stable is an animated film that explores some of the experiences of mental health treatment, support and recovery in Southampton. Funded by NHS England, this animated film produced by Healthwatch Southampton is based on ‘Barriers and Facilitators for promoting recovery in mental health’ a research paper co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and the University of Southampton.…


Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 16, 2017 at 14:08 0 Comments

Britain’s first university centre dedicated to improving mental health in schools has opened.

The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools has been established at Leeds Beckett University.

Similar centres already exist in the US and Canada. Its aim is to create a network of educators, mental health practitioners and …


Trauma informed education in mental health nursing

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 15, 2017 at 10:32 0 Comments

Stirling University film  looking at MH through a Trauma Lens featuring staff, graduates & clinicians.

View it here.

Mental Health Occupational Therapy Interventions and Outcomes Network

Posted by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 0 Comments

MOTION is a collaboration between researchers, service users, clinicians and educators committed to improving outcomes in mental health occupational therapy by advancing research.

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