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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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,…

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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. 

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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.…

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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 …

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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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