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Wellbeing practitioner posts at Sheffield Hallam University

2 wellbeing practitioner posts are now live on the recruitment portal.

There are opportunities for wellbeing  practitioners to join an existing team of multidisciplinary staff:…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 19, 2017 at 11:15 — No Comments

Network of Academics with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions

We are Chronically Academic, a network of academics with disabilities and chronic conditions. We welcome members across all academic disciplines. Our aim is to create a network of mutual support and resources for academics with disabilities and chronic conditions and to raise public awareness for our cause. Our team members all have personal experiences with disabilities and/or chronic conditions. We aim to help others with practical advice in finding concrete solutions to the issues they…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2017 at 22:33 — No Comments

International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery 2016 - Video presentations

The Videos uploaded on this Channel are a glimpse of presentations selected and edited from INTAR India 2016 (26-28 November, 2016, Lavasa, Maharashtra).

'India, and nearly all countries in Asia region, have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Persons with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities are still on the margins of efforts at mainstreaming disabilities in development.

We have faith in Article 19…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2017 at 23:14 — No Comments

UUK work on Mental Health in Higher Education

Universities UK has established a programme of work on mental health in higher education to ensure that wellbeing and mental health are a strategic priority for universities. Two principles inform this work:

  • ​​​We all have mental health, well or unwell.
  • A whole university approach to wellbeing is needed.

 We are working in partnership with Public…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2017 at 12:38 — No Comments

Students who are service users: integrating dual identities

There is an interesting article in the latest issue of Social Work Education, which will have relevance across the disciplines.

Service user or service provider? How social work and human services students integrate dual identities



Students studying undergraduate social work and human services (SWHS) degrees may have used health and human service agencies, before and during their university education. Using services provides them with insights that are useful for…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2017 at 12:31 — 1 Comment

Emotions linked to depression - engaging teaching resources

I was asked today about engaging resources for integrating in to teaching on the emotions - as linked to depression.  

I came up with a very miscellaneous list! (see below).  Any other thoughts/suggestions would be very welcome. Please use comments box below.

Jake Tyler's on a long distance walk at the moment as a means of coping with, and highlighting, depression.  Daily podcasts might be worth checking out. …
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Added by Jill Anderson on July 13, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Guidance on preparing to teach about emotional health and wellbeing

This relates to schools, will be of interest in those involved in teacher education and may have relevance for others too.

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The PSHE mental health guidance has been produced under a grant from the Department for Education and is accompanied by a set of lesson plans spanning key stages 1-4.



Key issues are covered, including:

  • Why it is important to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Building teaching about mental health…
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Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2017 at 16:23 — No Comments

Understanding Psychosis - revised version now out

Understanding Psychosis has been revised - to address concerns about a lack of attention in the original report to the role of cultural differences, and how those impact on individual experiences of psychosis.  

The revised version can be downloaded HERE.

Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2017 at 16:05 — No Comments

Bridge Network - MH support for healthcare students.

In partnership with Institute for Mental Health's Peer Support Education Team, students and staff at the University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences are launching a new initiative to support people who are studying within the school.

In recognition of the specific challenges faced by people studying to be healthcare professionals, the ‘Bridge Network’ is being created.

The network aims to set up peer support groups led by student peer facilitators; meeting with each…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Surviving or Thriving? The state of the UK's mental health

In March 2017, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, NatCen conducted a survey amongst its panel members in England, Scotland and Wales. This aimed to understand the prevalence of self-reported mental health problems, levels of positive and negative mental health in the population, and the actions people take to deal with the stressors in their lives. 2,290 interviews were completed, with 82% online and 18% by phone.

Conclusions:

  • Current levels of…
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Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

The Mind in the Media - Radio 4 programme

If you ask the author, Nathan Filer, when he first came into contact with mental illness, he'll tell you it was in 1999 when he first became a psychiatric nurse. But, like many of us, he'd actually met it much earlier : through film, drama and the news. Like many of us, his understanding had been shaped by how the media chose to portray it. But he quickly realised how very different real life was to fiction and the reports. Now he asks what does that difference do to us - both as a society…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 2, 2017 at 12:43 — No Comments

First ever issue of Asylum magazine is now online

This is the start of a process of digitising past issues of Asylum. 

View Asylum 1.1

It's no longer 50p but still great value!

Do you/your library/students subscribe?…

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Added by Jill Anderson on July 1, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Critical inquiries for social justice in mental health - new book

An exceptional showcase of interdisciplinary research, Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health presents various critical theories, methodologies, and methods for transforming mental health research and fostering socially-just mental health practices.

Marina Morrow and Lorraine Halinka Malcoe have assembled an array of international scholars, activists, and practitioners whose work exposes and disrupts the dominant neoliberal and individualist practices found in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 20:49 — No Comments

Mental wellbeing in higher education - an annotated bibliography

Compiled by Annie Grant and Ruth Liss and hosted on the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education website: 

View it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 15:33 — No Comments

Mental health discussion and campaigning groups - UK based

This is a list of UK based mental health discussion and campaigning groups.  Please comment below if you have links to add. [pdf version]

Asylum…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Asylum magazine - 30th anniversary party!

Come along to Gullivers (109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW) on Wednesday 28 June at 7pm for a banquet of food,…
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Added by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2017 at 8:54 — No Comments

National Co-production week 2017: 3-7 July

Co-production Week will celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.

Co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that that offers people real choice and control.

For Co-production Week 2017 SCIE wants…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 20, 2017 at 8:16 — No Comments

MSC in Mental Health and Education

Delivered online, this programme is the only professional learning award of its kind in the UK. It focuses on the nature of mental health in learning, teaching and training/mentoring environments. The programme will also explore how this might impact on learners, leaders of learning, mentors and other disciplinary groups such as psychologists, health professionals, managers and social workers.

The MSc Mental Health and Education programme is an innovative new subject discipline…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 17, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users.

This book uses the rich narratives of the recovery journeys of Chinese mental health service users in the UK – a perceived ‘hard-to-reach group’ and largely invisible in mental health literature – to illustrate the myriad ways that social inequalities such as class, ethnicity and gender contribute to service users' distress and mental ill-health, as well as shape their subsequent recovery journeys. 
Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality contributes to the debate about the…
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Added by Jill Anderson on June 14, 2017 at 18:26 — No Comments

Latest issue of Asylum is now online

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now online.  It features an article by Paula Peters and China Mills - 'Dead people don't claim' - on UK welfare reform suicides.   Other items include an article by Jonathan Beazer on 'Mad Pride and Depression' and a conversation with Mary O'Hagan on 'Madness in New Zealand'.  View full contents list and sample article here.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 13, 2017 at 12:30 — 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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