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Maintaining momentum: driving improvements in mental health care - new report

'Maintaining momentum' highlights failings in specialist mental health services in England, and the devastating toll this takes on patients and their families. 

The report's findings provide fresh impetus to deliver on the recommendations set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 21, 2018 at 15:54 — No Comments

Russel Razzaque talk on breakdown and spirituality

Dr. Russell Razzaque is a London-based psychiatrist with sixteen years’ experience in adult mental health. He is the author of Breaking Down is Waking Up. He has worked for a number of national and international organisations during his career including the University of Cambridge, the UK Home Office and the Ministry of Justice. He currently works in acute mental health services in the NHS in East London. He is also a published author in human psychology with several books on the subject and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 19, 2018 at 12:40 — No Comments

Contribute to Asylum magazine

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is out now.

There are a number of ways in which you can contribute to Asylum:

  • Subscribe to Asylum – print and digital versions of the magazine are available.
  • Order bulk copies and distribute them.
  • Set up or join a local…
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Added by Jill Anderson on March 19, 2018 at 12:33 — No Comments

Health Inequalities Manifesto 2018

People living in the least deprived areas of England live around 20 years longer in good physical and mental health than people in the most deprived areas.

Tackling and reducing health inequalities means giving everyone the same opportunities to lead a mentally and physically healthy life, no matter where they live and who they are.

Certain population subgroups are at higher risk of mental health problems because of greater exposure and vulnerability to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 19, 2018 at 12:26 — No Comments

With children in mind: call for papers

This issue of the Journal of Public Mental Health will, specifically, cover the promotion of mental health and emotional wellbeing and the prevention of mental ill health and crises in children and young people. Manuscripts are sought that discuss the role of parents, carers, teachers and health care staff in the promotion of good mental health, including resilience and wellbeing.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 19, 2018 at 12:20 — No Comments

Projects of the Self A Being-Human funded research project into resilience, grit, and self-efficacy narratives in Higher Education

This project was set up as a result of concern with the growing neoliberalisation of higher education, and to explore the widespread adoption of approaches informed by notions such as grit, resilience, and the Growth Mindset.

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 17, 2018 at 20:38 — No Comments

What is psychosis? - film

Film made of responses from the ISPS conference delegates, 2017.

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Asylum 25.1 is out now

See HERE for details of the latest issue of Asylum magazine.

Do you, and/or your organisation, subscribe?  Subscription rates are very reasonable - for both individuals and institutions. 

Support Asylum magazine!

"The only real and radical…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 5, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

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

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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Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2018 at 22:23 — No Comments

Afflicted: how vulnerability can heal medical education and practice

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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Added by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 22:47 — No Comments

The effect - radio play

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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Added by Jill Anderson on February 7, 2018 at 13:56 — No Comments

While your back was turned: the mental health of young women and girls.

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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Added by Jill Anderson on February 2, 2018 at 18:10 — No Comments

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

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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Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 17:52 — No Comments

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

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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Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2018 at 11:55 — No Comments

Asylum magazine - events calendar

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

Added by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:54 — No Comments

UMHAN blog - writers wanted

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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Added by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 18:52 — No Comments

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

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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Added by Jill Anderson on January 23, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Psychology and Mental Health - beyond nature and nurture

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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Added by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:45 — No Comments

Medicine and the arts: humanising healthcare - free online course

This free online course will explore the intersection of medicine, medical anthropology and the creative arts. Through each of its six weeks, we’ll visit a new aspect of human life and consider it from the perspectives of people working in health sciences, social sciences and the arts.

Explore the emerging field of medical humanities.



The course will introduce you to the emerging field of medical humanities and the concept of whole person care, via these six…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2018 at 11:43 — No Comments

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education - special issue

This Medical Humanities Special Issue critiques and reflects on narrative practices around medical, psychiatric and trauma care. This introductory article explores the affordances of patient experience narratives and scenarios to illuminate lives interrupted by medical and psychological crises while raising questions about the medical ethics, epistemological frameworks and potential pathologising of diagnosing complex conditions. It discusses the problematics and ethics of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 17, 2018 at 9:57 — 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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