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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A New Vision for Mental Health

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 20, 2017 at 19:30 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?

A New Vision for Mental Health aims to both explore and suggest various answers to this question. It also aims to challenge each of the mental health professions to engage constructively with the wider…

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The Future of the Mental Health Workforce - new report.

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 19, 2017 at 9:26 0 Comments

Centre for Mental Health was commissioned by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network to explore what the mental health workforce of the future should look like. This report presents the key findings from a review of: • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England; • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce; • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundt able…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Critical Values Based Practice Network: bite-size summaries of mental health research theory & practice implications

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 15, 2017 at 17:54 0 Comments

The critical values based practice network comprises of practitioners and academics from the statutory, private and voluntary sector working within mental health. 

Clinical Psychology Bite-Size - hosted on its website - aims to provide short and readable summaries of mental health research, theory and implications for practice. Each Bite-Size takes a critical perspective to concepts and theories of mental distress, with a particular emphasis on…

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Mad Positive in the Academy: three short films

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 17:30 0 Comments

'In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, we have created three short videos, or ‘web docs’ that discuss: what is means to be mad positive in the…

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Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 16:30 0 Comments

How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs?  On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though,…

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Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness - free e-book

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2017 at 11:00 0 Comments

Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness reveals the human side of mental illness. In this remarkable collection of interviews and essays, therapist, Madness Radio host, and schizophrenia survivor Will Hall asks, “What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world?”

More than 60 voices of psychiatric patients, scientists, journalists, doctors, activists, and artists create a vital new conversation about empowering the human…

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Physical health in mental illness: learning resource

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 20:47 0 Comments

'People with a mental illness are more likely to have a preventable physical condition such as cardiovascular disease, and to die earlier than the rest of the population. Nurses working in all settings can work with these people to improve their outcomes.



The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group has collaborated with the charity, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses. Dr Sheila Hardy is a dual trained nurse who researched…

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Surviving schizophrenia - video

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:35 0 Comments

Elyn Saks, Debra Lampshire and Paris Williams are all world experts on mental health. They’re using their personal experiences and working in their respective fields to debunk the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia.

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Step Change - new framework for universities to help improve student mental health​

Posted by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2017 at 16:08 0 Comments

A new framework has been published by Universities UK.  It aims to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of students in UK higher education institutions.

Step change​  is one strand of UUK's  programme of work to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those who learn and work in higher education.  It aims to support university leaders to help embed good mental…

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