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.

Please note intro…


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…


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…


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:
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.…


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.…


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.…


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…


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.…


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.'



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:

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…

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…


Added by Jill Anderson on December 5, 2013 at 18:16 — 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. 

View the stories

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.

Read the comic

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.

Visit the website.

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