December 2014 Blog Posts (6)

Mindfulness in health and education

A recent report by the New Economics Foundation concludes that: mindfulness has significant potential to improve wellbeing and save public money. A key first step for unlocking this potential is to train health and education professionals (doctors, nurses, teachers) in mindfulness.

Download the report here (see chapter five).

Added by Jill Anderson on December 12, 2014 at 12:35 — No Comments

Experiments with pedagogy - call for contributions

I was recently contacted by Hanna Kienzler about the call outlined below.  I would like to write a composite piece about current innovations in mental health learning and teaching, drawing on the expertise that exists within this mhhe network. If you have an example to share, and would be willing to contribute by having a short telephone conversation with me in the next week or two (or, if you are too busy now, after christmas) please could you let me…
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Added by Jill Anderson on December 12, 2014 at 12:23 — No Comments

Disability and Disciplines: International Conference on Educational, cultural and disability studies. Call for Papers



To be held at the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, 1-2 July, 2015



When we think of disability in Higher Education we are likely to think in terms of access, Learning Support Plans, and so on. These and other such things are of great importance but only represent part of the approach proposed at the biennial CCDS…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 11, 2014 at 14:31 — No Comments

University Mental Health Advisers

UMHAN (the University Mental Health Advisers Network) has produced a really useful map - with links to its members (and associated university mental health pages) across the country. 

View the map here.

Added by Jill Anderson on December 10, 2014 at 14:57 — No Comments

Peer-supported open dialogue

The UK Peer-supported Open Dialogue (POD) project is a multi-centre study into the development and adaptation of Open Dialogue in the NHS. The project brings together 4 Trusts from around the country and starts with a one year training, which was launched in October 2014. It combines peer support with Open Dialogue and the trial aims to demonstrate the efficacy of Peer-supported Open Dialogue over treatment as usual in mental health services over the next 3 or 4…
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Added by Jill Anderson on December 8, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

Mocassin Bend - a place based autoethnography of psychosis

Moccasin Bend is a river peninsula in Chattanooga Tennessee where stands a state psychiatric institution. Timothy Kelly was a patient there in 1997, and brought the stories of his mother who had been a patient in 1967. He later learned that land use on Moccasin Bend has been fiercely contested for decades. This project engages his experience at Moccasin Bend in the context of both family and broader cultural narratives.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on December 3, 2014 at 22:00 — 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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