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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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.…



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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,…

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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?…

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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…

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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…
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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