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Qualitative conversations - Alec Grant

In this episode Alec talks about collaborative autoethnography, hyphen identities and the importance of telling stories that challenge the dominant narrative about mental illness. He shares some ideas about why different writing strategies are important, how to become a better storyteller and the need to write from different perspectives.

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 17:20 — No Comments

Oppressed majority - film

This film may be useful for triggering discussion about how sexism affects mental wellbeing. 

On what seems to be just another ordinary day, a man is exposed to sexism and sexual violence in a society ruled by women... (10 minutes)

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 23, 2017 at 9:57 — No Comments

Enhancing student wellbeing: a handbook for academic educators

This handbook offers research-based guidance for academic teachers and leaders – as the drivers of innovation in university teaching and learning – to understand how and why particular curriculum choices or pedagogical approaches might support or undermine the psychological needs and academic outcomes of university students. By providing easily adaptable and transferable ideas for designing curriculum and assessment, and by fostering teaching and learning practices that support student…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 22, 2017 at 19:51 — No Comments

Croatia: out of institutions, into the world

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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Added by Jill Anderson on November 19, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

1000 conversations: speaking out on mental health

Stories of people with lived experience of mental health difficulties - shared on the Centre for Mental Health website. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:34 — No Comments

Quality in Undergraduate Education: How Powerful Knowledge Disrupts Inequality

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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Added by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

'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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Added by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:55 — No Comments

Life of the Mind Interrupted: essays on mental health and disability in higher education

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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Added by Jill Anderson on November 18, 2017 at 11:43 — No Comments

All is not well - comics about care

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.

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Medicated Stable: animated film

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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Added by Jill Anderson on November 17, 2017 at 15:16 — No Comments

Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools

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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Added by Jill Anderson on November 16, 2017 at 14:08 — No Comments

Trauma informed education in mental health nursing

Stirling University film  looking at MH through a Trauma Lens featuring staff, graduates & clinicians.

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 15, 2017 at 10:32 — No Comments

Mental Health Occupational Therapy Interventions and Outcomes Network

MOTION is a collaboration between researchers, service users, clinicians and educators committed to improving outcomes in mental health occupational therapy by advancing research.

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 — No Comments

NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit set up

'University College London (UCL) and King’s College London are leading on setting up a new policy research unit, the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which will bring mental health researchers, clinicians, service users and carers closer together. The main aim of the unit is to provide research to inform policy makers.

Commissioned by the Department of Health through the NIHR’s Policy Research Programme following an open competition, the…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 10, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Review of the Mental Health Act - NSUN bulletin

The latest edition of the NSUN bulletin has a focus on the review of the Mental Health Act.  READ IT HERE.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 7, 2017 at 9:59 — No Comments

Green Light Discussion Forum

The Green Light Toolkit helps mental health services respond effectively to people who have autism or learning disabilities in addition to mental health difficulties. If working on Green Light issues is part of your role, or if you are interested in this topic, the Green Light Discussion Forum is for you. The purpose of the Green Light Discussion Forum is to exchange ideas and solutions so that people receive good support.

How will it work?

We use an…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 7, 2017 at 9:31 — No Comments

Narrative Masterclass - Storying Sheffield Film

This film is about the ‘Narrative Masterclass’ for medical students and people living with mental health difficulties. The masterclass is based on Storying Sheffield methodologies and focuses on the concept of narrative inquiry as a tool in “recovery” from/within mental ill-health. The class is designed and led by people with lived experience 

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 31, 2017 at 11:42 — No Comments

A forum for psychologists with lived experience of mental ill health

This forum is a place for psychologists with lived experience of mental ill health to understand that they are not alone, they are amongst many. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 29, 2017 at 13:02 — 1 Comment

Healthy Universities Network

A Healthy University aspires to create a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health, wellbeing and sustainability.

The UK Healthy Universities Network supports its members to develop and implement ‘whole university’ approaches to health, wellbeing and sustainability. It is part of a global movement.

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Thriving at work: new report

Thriving at work: the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers has just been published.  This is an independent review into how employers can better support the mental health of all people currently in employment including those with mental health problems or poor well-being to remain in and thrive through work. It has revealed a big human cost of poor mental health at work with knock on impacts for society, the economy and Government.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

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Mental health and neoliberalism - video of New School of Economics event

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 0 Comments

Can today's crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems. This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, sought to situate the growing…

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Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 0 Comments

In Afflicted, Nicole Piemonte examines the preoccupation in medicine with cure over care, arguing that the traditional focus on biological intervention keeps medicine from addressing the complex realities of patient suffering. Although many have pointed to the lack of compassion and empathy in medical practice, few have considered the deeper philosophical, psychological, and ontological reasons for it. Piemonte fills that gap, examining why it is that…

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The effect - radio play

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 0 Comments

The Effect -  Drama on 3 - by Lucy Prebble.
Starring Jessie Buckley, Christine Entwisle, Damien Molony and Samuel West.
"I can tell the difference between who I am and a side effect."
Award-winning chemical romance. 
Connie (Jessie Buckley - 'The Last Post', 'Taboo') and Tristan (Damien Molony - 'Crashing', 'Being Human') are taking part…
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While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

Posted by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 0 Comments

The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.…

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Mental Health Act – The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 0 Comments

This report looks at causes for the rise in use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to detain people.

The rise in the use of the MHA to detain people in England report cover image

National data shows an increasing use of the Mental Health Act (MHA) to treat people in hospitals.

In 2016, the CQC committed to working with local services to gather views on the reasons for the national increase in the use of the MHA, to identify how local services are responding to the changing activity, and to…

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Social policy first hand: An international introduction to participatory social welfare - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 0 Comments

Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective and presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to Peter Beresford's bestselling All our welfare, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience. With an impressive list of contributors, this important volume fills a gap in looking at…

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Asylum magazine - events calendar

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 0 Comments

Asylum magazine has a new events calendar.  You can view it here.

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 0 Comments

University Mental Health Advisers Network.

Are you interested in in HE? Do you like writing and are passionate about sharing your opinion? Look no further. The Blog is…

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With children in mind: current research and policy developments on mental health and young people

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Public Mental Health

Expected publication in 2019 as Volume 18, Issue 1.



Guest Editors: 


Gill Coverdale, Co-editor of JPMH and Royal College of Nursing, UK gillcov17@gmail.com…

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Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

Posted by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 0 Comments

Psychological therapies and the work of clinical psychologists are now very popular. This free online course provides an introduction to how psychologists understand emotions, behaviours and thinking patterns, and how this helps clinical psychologists make sense of their clients’ problems.

Over six weeks, you will explore some of the current challenges and debates in the area of diagnosis and treatment, and discover new ways of thinking psychologically about mental health.

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