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Recovery Rising - new book on addiction treatment and recovery

Recovery Rising is the professional memoir of William White, who, over the span of five decades, evolved through several diverse roles to emerge as the addiction field's preeminent historian and one of its most visionary voices and prolific writers. Recovery Rising contains the stories, reflections, and lessons learned within one man's personal and professional journey. Recounted here are many of the ideas, methods, people, and organizations that shaped the modern history of addiction…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 24, 2017 at 13:18 — No Comments

Future Patient Blog

David Gilbert is a mental health service user with 30 years of experience as a patient and public engagement practitioner. He is

He writes the Future Patient blog - about the possibilities of patient-led and user-led healthcare.

All his postings are listed here.  This is a great resource for teaching. 

Read the blog.

Added by Jill Anderson on October 23, 2017 at 10:20 — No Comments

Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health

'The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Mental Health offers the most comprehensive collection of theoretical and applied writings to date with which students, scholars, researchers and practitioners within the social and health sciences can systematically problematise the practices, priorities and knowledge base of the Western system of mental health. With the continuing contested nature of psychiatric discourse and the work of psy-professionals, this…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 21, 2017 at 10:39 — 1 Comment

Discourses of Men's suicide notes: new book

Deaths by suicide are high: every 40 seconds, someone in the world chooses to end their life. Despite acknowledgement that suicide notes are social texts, there has been no book which analyzes suicide notes as discursive texts and no attempt at a qualitative discourse analysis of them. Discourses of Men's Suicide Notes redresses this gap in the literature.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 20, 2017 at 19:49 — No Comments

Why Export Mental Health - interesting video

"When we globalize mental health, concepts of mental health, practices, and the ideology behind them, we are globalizing a particular way of being a person, a contemporary Western way of being a person."

Derek Summerfield, honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, University of London provides a critical view on global mental health. Arguing that it is irresponsible to export Western mental health concepts and methodologies that may have…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 20, 2017 at 19:11 — 2 Comments

The Continuing Education Course on Withdrawal from Psychiatric Drugs

This series of seven webinars will feature presentations by people with “expertise by lived experience,” psychiatrists, and other professionals. The educational purpose of the series is to present information and insights that arise:

  • from users’ experiences and their efforts to support others who want to taper from their psychiatric medications; research on drug withdrawal
  • the clinical experience of psychiatrists and other professionals who have supported patients…
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Added by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2017 at 9:01 — No Comments

Stress, mental wellbeing and the health, social care and education workforce

Recently updated resource sheet is available HERE

Please let me know if you have links to add. 

Added by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2017 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Three short films about depression.

Linda Gask is the author of The Other Side of Silence: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir of Depression - an 'amazing story of both sides of mental health – the sufferer and the professional- and just how thin that wall actually is' (Annie Watkinson).

Video producer …

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 11, 2017 at 8:58 — No Comments

Developing a National Forum for Trainee / Qualified Psychologists with Lived Experience of Psychological Distress

Natalie Kemp is setting up this forum.  See HERE for further details. 

Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Graduate Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace - new report

On this World Mental Health Day - 10th of October 2017 - Student Minds have published the first ever report to uncover the wellbeing of young graduates making the transition from university into the workforce.



The report, based off a survey delivered with colleagues at King’s College London and The City Mental Health Alliance, summarises findings from a large survey of over 300 recent graduates, and considers university preparation for the…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Not by degrees: improving student mental health in the UK's Universities

Across the UK, there is a growing appreciation that mental health matters. For individuals, it can affect their ability to learn, earn, form strong and meaningful relationships, and live long and healthy lives. For government, it can affect productivity, demand for public services and levels of expenditure on out-of-work benefits. But as awareness of the importance of maintaining positive mental health continues to grow, and stigma relating to mental illness is slowly chipped away, other…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 12:48 — No Comments

The Positive and Mindful University - new report

'This report proposes a new way forward for higher education in addressing the problems of mental health among students as well as staff, and helping them achieve higher levels of fulfilment. More than 400,000 staff and 2.2 million students are engaged in higher education in the United Kingdom.

The pamphlet celebrates the diverse and remarkable work that is taking place at British universities. Much of this work is tilted towards offering support once problems have begun to manifest…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 10, 2017 at 12:43 — No Comments

International Journal for Students as Partners - latest issue

The second issue of the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is available HERE

The journal, which is hosted by McMaster University Library Press, is co-edited by students and staff/ faculty from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.

In Issue 2 you will find an editorial, 2 opinion pieces on emotion and partnership, 4 research articles, 3 reflective essays, 3 case…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 8, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983

The Terms of Reference for the review have been published and can be read HERE.  The review is due to report in Autumn 2018.  Its stated aims are to 'help government create a forward-looking plan of changes to legislation and practice, resulting in an enduring legacy of mental health support.'

Added by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2017 at 12:57 — No Comments

Exploring Experience: Bringing Authentic Voices to Mental Health Teaching

'Exploring Experience has been developed to create an accessible and manageable resource to support teaching and study in the field of mental health and distress. Six contributors with experiences of significant distress ("Experts by Experience", or EBE) were recruited through an open strategy, and were paid* to prepare the materials on this site. We have collated 35 videos of around ten minutes each, all recording self-edited responses to open questions…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 4, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

New resource for people who hear voices

There is a new initiative to create a resource for people who hear voices with consultation events in Bradford, London and  Durham.   The consultation aims to create an online resource for people who hear voices.  
Further details available here:
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Added by Kate Karban on October 2, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Social workers speak out about the state of care today - new report

The survey was aimed at social workers and other professionals who undertake care assessments. It asked a series of questions about what it is like for them doing their jobs today, particularly asking about any reductions they have had to make to people’s care provision over the last year.

View report

Added by Jill Anderson on October 1, 2017 at 10:14 — No Comments

Mental Health commissioning with migrant communities - new guide from MIND

This guide provides clear guidance on how to engage decision makers , locally and nationally, in mapping and meeting the needs of refugees within their communities who may otherwise remain invisible, with no voice or stake in the design or delivery of mental health services. It contains useful information about mental health and migration which will be of use to students across disciplines. …

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 1, 2017 at 10:12 — No Comments

Research Councils Cross Disciplinary Strategy for Mental Health

The Research Councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC) collectively have an interest in mental health research from a medical, biological, environmental, cultural, societal, technical and historical perspective. They have worked together to develop a crossdisciplinary research agenda, to articulate opportunities for cross-disciplinary working. This document is not a strategy for mental health research, nor is it trying to address the full scope of what is a broad field of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 1, 2017 at 10:06 — No Comments

Lancet-WPA report on the future of psychiatry

Psychiatry is on the cusp of major changes. It is time to look at where the specialty has been, where it is now, and to try to imagine its future. What will psychiatrists do, and how will this be delivered and financed? How will psychiatry’s relationship with society change? How must mental health laws adapt? Can psychiatry go digital? And how will psychiatrists of the future be trained?

The World Psychiatric Association and The Lancet Psychiatry have commissioned a team of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 1, 2017 at 10:04 — 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.

You…

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