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Living with Difference - 12-13 September, Leeds


12-13 September 2012, Marriott Hotel, Leeds, UK


The Aims and Objectives of LIVEDIFFERENCE 

We are witnessing unprecedented levels of mobility and  population change within and beyond the European Union. In this  context, it is argued that how we develop the capacity to live with difference  is the key issue of the 21st century. This research programme involves five  inter‐linked projects which …


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South West London Recovery College

'South West London Recovery College is the UK's first mental health recovery study and training facility providing a range of courses and resources for service users, families, friends, carers and staff. The college aims to support people become experts in their own self care and for families, friends, carers and staff to better understand mental health conditions and support people in their recovery journey'.…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 9, 2012 at 14:00 — No Comments

2 pdf resources

The Avenue Guide to Wellbeing and Happiness by Neil Thompson is free to download here.

Beyond Belief: Alternative ways of working with delusions, obsessions and unusual experiences by Tamasin Knight is published by Peter Lehmann and is available to download here.

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mhhehub on twitter

The mhhehub now has a twitter page:!/mhhehub

If you are new to twitter, see introduction here.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 8, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Survivor research: an article and a chapter


Survivor controlled research: a new foundation for thinking about psychiatry and mental health. Jasna Russo

The first part of this article provides some background information about the context and development of user/survivor-controlled research in the UK. In the second part, the discussion focuses on the first two German studies which apply this research methodology in the…


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GSCC launches report on AMHP programmes

From March 2011 to February 2012 the General Social Care Council (GSCC) undertook targeted inspections of all 22 approved courses in England offering the training for the Approved Mental Heath Professional (AMHP) role as defined by the Mental Health Act 2007. This report presents the findings of the inspections. 

Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 3, 2012 at 23:43 — No Comments

Patients' Preferences Matter: new Kings Fund report

Many doctors aspire to excellence in diagnosing disease. Far fewer, unfortunately, aspire to the same standards of excellence in diagnosing patients’ preferences for their care. Because doctors are rarely made aware of an erroneous preference diagnosis, it could be called ‘the silent misdiagnosis’. Misdiagnosing patients’ preferences may be less obvious than misdiagnosing disease, but the consequences for the patient can be just as severe.…


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HEA - new rounds of teaching development grants

The call for bids in the Higher Education Academy’s second phase of its teaching development grants has opened today, 18 May 2012.

Over the next year the HEA will make funding available to stimulate evidence-based research and encourage innovations in learning and teaching on the themes of assessment and feedback and flexible learning. However, 25% of the available funding will be reserved for an open call for learning and teaching development. These projects could build on previous…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 21, 2012 at 18:54 — No Comments

Integrated working - new briefing from SCIE.

Factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care services. 

This is an update of a previous systematic review on the factors that promote and hinder joint working between health and social care services. It demonstrates some positive outcomes of such an approach for people who use services, carers and organisations delivering services.…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 20, 2012 at 20:03 — No Comments

The Social Science Centre, Lincoln

A new model for higher and cooperative education.

The Social Science Centre (SSC) provides an opportunity for students and academics to have a very special co-operative experience of higher education. All courses at SSC are taught and assessed at the same level as similar courses in mainstream universities in the UK. The courses are taught by experienced academics, including professors and lecturers with national and international…


Added by Jill Anderson on May 15, 2012 at 20:31 — No Comments

Institute of Mental Health launches new blog

A forum to encourage dialogue about issues related to mental health.  Affilitated to the Institute for MH at Nottingham University and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

View the blog.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 14:01 — No Comments

Curriculum Guide - mental health and distress

This guide is intended for social work educators tasked with delivering teaching on mental health, for those teaching other areas to think how issues of mental health and distress intersect, and for course directors. One of a series of curriculum guides produced by the College of Social Work.…


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Branching Out

A joint project between SAMH & The Forestry Commission, Branching Out is an innovative development for adults who use mental health services.  It brings together the mental health and environmental sectors.

View video.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

The right to take risks: service users' views of risk in adult social care

People who use adult social care services identify different risks to those commonly identified by professionals and policy-makers. Many fear losing independence, which suggests that risk assessments need to have independence as their starting point. There is a particular need to reach into mental health and residential care services to find ways of enabling people to realise their independence.

This paper gives voice to service users' fears and concerns about risk; identifies…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 21:11 — No Comments

Physical health and mental health - new Rethink resources

Rethink Mental Illness has launched a range of new tools to help mental health professionals address 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 twenty years younger than the general population, mostly as a result of preventable…


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Independent Advocacy for People with Mental Disorder.

People with mental health problems and intellectual disability may face discrimination and marginalisation, and independent advocacy is an excellent way to ensure that an individual’s rights are upheld and that the individual receives the care and treatment that they are entitled to. It also has benefits for psychiatrists and can improve the quality of the relationships between people with mental health problems and professionals. This Royal College of Psychiatrists report sets out the…


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The carer's experience

Royal College of Psychiatrists podcast. Mieko talks to Dr Michael Yousif about the challenges of caring for someone suffering with mental health problems.

Listen here.


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Classification in Psychiatry - Podcast

Heroes in Psychiatry: a series of occasional interviews with people (not all of them psychiatrists), who have made a distinguished contribution to  the understanding and care of people with mental health problems. In this interview Professor Sir David Goldberg talks to Dr Mark Salter about classification in psychiatry.

Listen here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2012 at 21:02 — No Comments

Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Towards a workforce strategy for the public health system.

This consultation is the first step towards developing a new public health workforce strategy that will help shape the public health workforce of the future. It will be a living document, regularly reviewed and updated. The consultation is aimed at a broad audience, reflecting the Government’s view that public health is everyone’s business. Each chapter of this document includes key messages, proposals and consultation questions. Case studies are included where appropriate.…


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Inclusive Curriculum Design in Higher Education

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) commissioned this guide to support the higher education sector to think creatively about inclusive curriculum design from a generic as well as subject or disciplinary perspective.  See here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 21, 2012 at 20:43 — 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…


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…


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…

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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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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