December 2013 Blog Posts (34)

Missed the professional resilience debate?

Martin Seager, Jill Anderson and I were panel members in this recent debate held by the TCSW I think this was a mega important and extremely useful discussion, this came about because I recently instigated the setting up of a community of interest on the TCSW website on Looking After Ourselves.   See also links to related work regarding research into stress in Mental Health Social Work with interesting and deeply  concerning findings.

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Added by Mike Bush on December 22, 2013 at 22:40 — No Comments

Psychology, Mental Health and Distress - end of chapter questions

This book has some really thought provoking questions, which will be of interest too to educators and students in disciplines other than psychology. 

View the questions here.

Added by Jill Anderson on December 20, 2013 at 13:35 — No Comments

Students talking. . . .

. . . and psychology, mental health and distress.

View the video

Added by Jill Anderson on December 20, 2013 at 13:26 — No Comments

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Download the mhhe Christmas newsletter 2013

Added by Jill Anderson on December 19, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Good communal blogs

I just sent someone a list of communal blogs (ie blogs with more than one contributor) that I read regularly, and thought I'd post them here. 

Impact of Social Sciences (LSE)

Mad in America

Centre for Medical Humanities…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 19, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Mental Health and the Resilient Therapy Toolkit

This book is for any parent or carer who is at all concerned about the mental health of their child. It is written by young people who have themselves experienced mental health issues, with a little help from a couple of adult friends. It is designed to give parents and carers insight into how young people themselves see their world and the problems they experience. We hope it will help you feel better equipped to offer a safe, supportive environment so that you can fully support your…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 18, 2013 at 20:10 — No Comments

Social Work Lecturer posts at Bradford University

The Division of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Bradford is advertising two Lecturer in Social Work posts, due to staff retiring or moving on.  More information can be found here: http://jobs.bradford.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=ASS046
Please can you circulate to anyone who might be interested. Thank you

Added by Kate Karban on December 18, 2013 at 17:55 — No Comments

The national survey of peer-run organisations

Results of the first national survey of peer-run mental health organisations in the USA.

Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on December 18, 2013 at 15:59 — No Comments

Alternative Psychiatric Narratives: Call for Papers



This conference will take place on the afternoon of Friday 16 May, and all day on Saturday 17 May 2014, at Birkbeck College, London



Chair: Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck

In recent years, historians of psychiatry have heeded Roy Porter’s call to produce psychiatric histories from the patient’s point of view.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 18, 2013 at 15:48 — No Comments

After the Asylums

You may be interested in the launch of The Last Asylum by Barbara Taylor (Penguin, 2014), on 18 March 2014. This event will involve a public discussion of mental health care in Britain, past and present.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 18, 2013 at 15:46 — No Comments

Attachment theory in adult mental health: a guide to clinical practice

In the fifty years since its inception, John Bowlby's attachment theory has been powerfully influential on developmental psychology and, more recently, mental health. Bringing together the experience of a diverse range of mental health practitioners and researchers who routinely use attachment theory in their own work, Attachment Theory in Adult Mental Health provides a guide to using attachment theory in everyday practice.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 18, 2013 at 15:16 — No Comments

WHO MiNDbank online platform

WHO MiNDbank is a product of the QualityRights Project, WHO’s flagship campaign to improve care and end human rights violations against people with mental and psychosocial disabilities.  WHO MiNDbank brings together key policies, strategies, laws and service standards for mental health, substance abuse, general health, disability, human rights and development. The platform aims to facilitate debate, dialogue, advocacy and research in order to promote national reform in these areas, in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 18, 2013 at 10:17 — No Comments

Podsocs: podcasts for social work practitioners, students and academics

Podsocs, the podcast for social workers on the run, brings you topics of interest for all human services practitioners, students and academics.  Podsocs is an initiative of the School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University. We bring you up-to-the minute research, diverse and sometimes controversial perspectives on social phenomena and focus on knowledge and skills needed in the human services.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 17, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

College of Social Work mental health faculty - election results

Appointed Chair Ruth Allen said: “I look forward to working with a fantastic group of dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable social work representatives in the elected faculty steering group. The Faculty will work to ensure professional social work and social perspectives on mental health and distress are seen as central to the quality and effectiveness of mental health services.'

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 17, 2013 at 11:17 — No Comments

mhhehub members from Bristol

Tamasin Knight, Joan Langan, Phil Topham, Julian Wood, Annessa Rebair, Nicky Lambert, Deb Osborne, Rachel Hamley. Are you all on the mhhe member map??

Tip: If you put a place name in to the search box, it should pick up hub members based there (along with other references).

Added by Jill Anderson on December 16, 2013 at 20:18 — No Comments

The Out of Character 'A to Z of mental illness'

View it here. A trigger for discussion about language. . .  Out of Character is a theatre company of people who use mental health services.  View their website here.

Added by Jill Anderson on December 15, 2013 at 12:00 — No Comments

Bill Fulford talking about the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry

Among other things, Bill talks about why the field of Philosophy and Psychiatry has expanded over recent years:

http://inthespaceofreasons.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/bill-fulford-talking-to-oup-about-new.html

Added by Jill Anderson on December 15, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

Engaging with students - in podcast and in person?

The School of Health Sciences offers students a range of ways to engage with and learn from people with experience of using the health and social services. We have been creating new ways for students and people with experiences to share to engage with each other, and moved from asking people in to give a talk about their experiences to asking students to play a more active role in their learning.


This year’s Introduction to Communication in Professional…
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Added by Jill Anderson on December 6, 2013 at 16:06 — No Comments

Making the Case for the Social Sciences: Mental Wellbeing

The Campaign for Social Science is publishing the latest in its booklet series, ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’ today, on the theme of mental wellbeing.

See launch videos

Important research detailed in the booklet includes:

• A cost-benefit analysis of cognitive behavioural therapy, carried out by Professor Layard…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 5, 2013 at 18:16 — No Comments

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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…

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Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…

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The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…
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While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…

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Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…

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Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…

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Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…

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With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.



Guest Editors: 


Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK gillcov17@gmail.com…

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Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.

You…

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