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Intelligent kindness - reforming the culture of healthcare

Intelligent Kindness is a powerful new approach to healthcare reform. Ballatt and Campling argue that the NHS is a system that invites society to value and attend to its deepest common interests; it is a vital expression of community and one that can improve if society, patients and staff can reconnect to these deeper values. To do so will improve quality and patient experience, as well as morale, effectiveness, efficiency and value for money. Relentless regulatory and structural NHS reforms…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 20:16 — No Comments

New resources for the children and young people's IAPT project

The Deputy Prime Minister,  Nick Clegg, and Health Minister Paul Burstow announced today that the ambitious Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) programme will receive an extra investment of up to £22 million over the next three years. This is in addition to the £8 million per year for four years that had previously been secured.  The new resources will be used to

  • extend the…
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Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 20:03 — No Comments

Physical health and mental health - launch of new tool

Charity Rethink Mental Illness has launched a range of tools to help mental health professionals tackle the physical health needs of the people they work with.

The tools have been developed as part of the ‘20 Years Too Soon’ campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the fact that people affected by severe mental illness die on average 20 years younger than the general population, mostly as a result of preventable physical conditions.

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 16:18 — No Comments

Twitter debate: medical vs social models

@MHchat: Mental Health Diagnosis: Medial vs. Social Model a Twitter debate

Join us on Wednesday (29-Feb) at 8pm GMT / 3pm EST / 1200 for a mental health chat @MHchat discussing "Mental Health Diagnosis: Medical versus Social Models".

May be of interest to tweeters!

Added by Jill Anderson on February 29, 2012 at 16:14 — No Comments

Relevant research for AMHPs

Martin Webber has compiled an extremely useful reading list of research of relevance for AMHPs.  Download here.

 

Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:59 — No Comments

2nd International Health Humanities Conference - Call for Papers

A reminder that the Call for Papers for the 2nd International Health Humanities Conference 2012 is live and accepting submissions, following the huge success of the 1st IHHC in 2010 in Nottingham. Please do take a look and consider submitting a paper or attending.

Further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:51 — No Comments

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day - 22 February

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day aims to focus efforts aimed at promoting the mental health of people who live and work in Higher Education settings. The Day has come about as a result of an initiative undertaken by the University Mental Health Advisers' Network (UMHAN) www.umhan.com, but other organisations are encouraged to…
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Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:49 — No Comments

Mental health - film resources

These resources, catalogued by MindReel, may be of interest and use in teaching.


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Voiced by a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy group, 'Nimbus' explores the dark, and often isolated, world of depression. This short film…
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Added by Jill Anderson on February 6, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

Opportunity:Academic External Advisor at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Happy 2012!

There is an opportunity available for a role as an Academic External Advisor at Leeds Metropolitan University. The BSc (Hons) Mental Health Practice course is currently undergoing a curriculum refocus.  The course is delivered part-time as part of the Health and Social Sciences Continuing Professional Development programme.  The External advisor will provide external confirmation that curriculum area, academic quality and threshold standards are appropriate The role holder…

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Added by Bryony Walker on January 17, 2012 at 15:54 — No Comments

Service user experience in adult mental health

NICE has produced a new quality standard and clinical guidance on service user experience in adult mental health. See:

http://www.nice.org.uk/cg136

Added by Jill Anderson on January 12, 2012 at 19:43 — No Comments

My story: young people talk about trauma and violence in their lives

Young people convicted of serious acts of violence during their childhoods talk about their experiences of trauma and violence in a new report from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. Based on in-depth conversations with the young people in prison and presented in their own words, the report - My Story: Young people talk about trauma and violence in their lives - offers a unique insight into the kind of severe, multiple and prolonged trauma experienced by many who while still…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 12, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Mental health, employment and the social care workforce

This briefing summarises evidence on what prevents people with mental health problems from working or retaining work in social care and what can be done to enable them to work. It provides a summary of a range of policy and programmes designed to enable people with mental health problems to gain, retain and regain work, with specific focus on employment in social care. Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 12:33 — No Comments

Mental health service transitions for children and young people

This guide is for all staff working with young people with mental health problems who need to move from one service to another that is, to make a 'transition'. In the guide you will find underlying principles, information about making services accessible and easy to use, transition planning and practice, working together, and performance management and monitoring: all key areas where improvements will make a real difference to the lives of young people, their families and carers. The guide…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 12:22 — No Comments

Listening to Experience: An independent inquiry into acute and crisis mental healthcare

Crisis and acute mental health services provide for people when they are at their most unwell and vulnerable. Between Autumn 2010 and Summer 2011, Mind’s independent inquiry heard evidence from 400 service users and professionals in relation to acute mental healthcare in England and Wales.

Download report.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 12:11 — No Comments

Completing the revolution: transforming mental health and tackling poverty

This Centre for Social Justice report warns that Britain is hampered by an "unfinished revolution in mental health care" and that further reforms are urgently needed to achieve the goals set by the policy-makers of the 1970s and 1980s who championed the cause of care in the community. Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 30, 2011 at 12:02 — No Comments

Two new podcasts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Claire Dillon, consultant forensic psychiatrist talks to Alain, former patient, about his experience of being admitted to hospital plus Dr Ali Ajaz interviews Dr Paul Simon Williams on the subject of forensic psychiatry.

Added by Jill Anderson on November 25, 2011 at 18:25 — No Comments

Preventing loneliness and social isolation: interventions and outcomes

This is one in a series of research briefings about preventive care and support for adults.

This briefing focuses on services aimed at reducing the effects of both loneliness and social isolation. Although the terms might have slightly different meanings, the experience of both is generally negative and the resulting impacts are undesirable at the individual, community and societal levels.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 11, 2011 at 18:37 — No Comments

BSA Happiness Study Group conference: 1 February 2012

British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group

Day Conference

Wednesday 1st February 2012, 10.30am-4.30pm

BSA Meeting Room,  Imperial Wharf, London



Call for Abstracts

Researching Happiness:Theoretical and Methodological Challenges



The British Sociological Association Happiness Study Group invites social scientists to submit abstracts for their forthcoming day conference that aims to explore the theoretical and methodological challenges facing…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 9, 2011 at 20:56 — No Comments

Can Patients be Teachers?



Can Patients be teachers? - Involving patients and service users in health professionals' education



Authors: John Spencer, William Godolphin, Natalia Karpenko, Angela Towle

 

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There is strong evidence that involving patients and service users in healthcare professionals' education has short-term benefits…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 31, 2011 at 15:40 — No Comments

Student mental health and wellbeing: making a whole university approach work

This document reflects on key issues concerning mental health and wellbeing promotion in the context of the updated Royal College of Psychiatrists report entitled 'the Mental Health of Students in Higher Education'. 

It aims to expand on the concept of a ‘whole-university approach’ to wellbeing, some of the challenges with the implementation of the approach, and steps that can be taken. It proposes ways in which national stakeholders can… Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on October 31, 2011 at 15:33 — 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.

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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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