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Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing: spiritual interpretations of symptoms in medical practice

As human migration brings an ever more diverse range of people, cultures and beliefs into contact, Western medical systems must adapt to cater for the different approaches it encounters towards illness, the body, gender, mental health and death.

Based upon training courses taught by the author to staff at hospitals, mental health professionals, and on degree courses, this complete resource provides an essential foundation for understanding the complex and manifold approaches to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 16:15 — No Comments

Socioeconomic factors and mental health: call for contributions

Palgrave Communications is an open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan dedicated to publishing high quality original research across all areas of the humanities and social sciences. Article proposals…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

HEA Practice Education Special Interest Group

Practice Education plays a vital role in providing experiential and work based learning to thousands of health and social care students across the UK. With such an important role in the education of future health and social care professionals the HEA are delighted to announce this inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The aims of the group is to support those educators who are responsible for the design, co-ordination and delivery of practice based education.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:12 — No Comments

Practice Learning: Formats, Challenges and Solutions across the disciplines - online chat

Earlier this month the HEA health and social care team hosted the inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The day was focused on the use of practice learning in the development of health and social care professionals. However during the day we exposed a number of universal issues that carry weight in determining the success of education across the disciplines.

So our #HEAchat on Wednesday 26th April 2017 8pmGMT will try to highlight the…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:11 — No Comments

Why did I go Mad? - BBC Horizon programme

For hundreds of years, psychiatry has treated voices and hallucinations as an enemy - regarding them as 'insanity' or 'madness' and seeing them as something to be quashed and even frightened of. But today, new scientific and psychological insights into how the brain works are leading to a radical rethink on what such experiences are - and how they should be treated.

Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Democratising health: service user participation, co-production and advocacy for social justice

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Guest Editors

Dr Karen Newbigging (lead)

School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, UK

k.v.newbigging@bham.ac.uk



June Sadd 

Survivor Consultant, Researcher and Trainer 

junesadd@hotmail.co.uk



Dr Tayeb Alhafez 

Medical Officer, Synaptic…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 21, 2017 at 12:48 — No Comments

National Co-production week - 3-7 July 2017

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.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 22:55 — No Comments

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” - Call for contributions

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” Edited by Robin Alex McDonald

What is depression? … An “imagined sun, bright and black at the same time?” … A “noonday demon?” … A dead fish? In literature, comics, art, and film, we witness new conceptualizations of depression come into being. Unburdened by diagnostic criteria and pharmaceutical concerns, these media employ imagery, narrative, symbolism, and metaphor to forge imaginative, exploratory, and innovative…

Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 16:50 — No Comments

Building a new community psychology of mental health: spaces, places, people and activities - new book

This book provides a much-needed account of informal community-based approaches to working with mental distress. It starts from the premise that contemporary mainstream psychiatry and psychology struggle to capture how distress results from complex embodied arrays of social experiences that are embedded within specific historical, cultural, political and economic settings. The authors challenge mainstream understandings of mental health that position a naive public in need of mental…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2017 at 12:13 — No Comments

Teaching critical approaches to depression and anxiety when you are depressed and anxious - by Jane EM Callaghan

New blog bost by Jane EM Callaghan: 

"In the many years I have taught mental health, I have always wrestled with a fundamental contradiction. On the one hand, I have a political commitment to an anti-diagnostic, and anti-medicalisation stance. On the other hand, I have struggled life long with anxiety, trauma responses, and depression.

This year, I came to teach my classes on anxiety and depression 9 months into my treatment with duloxetine. This has been a life saving drug for…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2017 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

Society for Research into Higher Education conference: call for papers.

Higher Education rising to the challenge: Balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders

6-8 December 2017: Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, UK

The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) invites research contributions to this prestigious international higher education conference.

The SRHE International Research Conference attracts wide participation from researchers globally.

It provides a stimulating international forum for papers of an…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 6, 2017 at 12:14 — No Comments

Mental health practice: a risky business - call for papers

Mental Health Practice, a risky business?

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

Guest Editor: Dr Anne Felton

School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Anne.Felton@nottingham.ac.uk

Risk is high on the mental health policy agenda; it is a core aspect of mental health professional practice which has gained increasing focus in recent years. The growth of the recovery philosophy in mental health care has…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 3, 2017 at 11:10 — No Comments

Crazywise: new film

Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. 

Further details, including terms for educational use.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 13:48 — No Comments

MHNAUK - notes of Hertfordshire meeting

Brief account of the latest Mental Health Nurse Academics UK meeting, at the University of Hertfordshire. 

READ HERE

Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments

2017 Groupwork Student Essay prize

Student groupworkers are invited to submit an essay or paper on any aspect of their practice of groupwork. Any student on a first degree or masters program, or those who have graduated in 2015, may submit an essay or paper (maximum 5,000 words) for the prize.

We invite essays from students who have worked or done placements with groups in a variety of contexts: in the Statutory, State or Federal systems; Non-Governmental or Not-for-Profit Sectors; or in the independent or private…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 9:06 — No Comments

When it all comes crashing down: navigating crisis

This Icarus project handbook may be of interest to educators, students, practitioners and the people they support.

When you or someone close to you goes into crisis, it can be the scariest thing to ever happen. You don’t know what to do, but it seems like someone’s life might be at stake or they might get locked up, and everyone around is getting stressed and panicked. Most people have either been there themselves or know a friend who has been there. Someone’s personality starts to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2017 at 18:09 — No Comments

Soul Relics Project

Can you contribute your story alongside others who have been/ are going through recovery?

A recent psychology graduate is developing a storytelling and mental health platform with the ultimate aim of curating a museum exhibition.  Soul relics Museum is a platform for…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 29, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Crazy: the film - new documentary

In 2011, Eric, diagnosed schizophrenic, faced a critical choice - whether to comply with traditional mental health treatment or follow his own path to wellness. Eric’s doctors want to medicate him for his own protection...but after eight years of psych meds, Eric wants to refuse drugs he believes may harm him.

With extraordinary access, CRAZY explores both sides of the story. Eric, his father and his attorney argue passionately for Eric’s right to make his own medical decisions.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 28, 2017 at 8:15 — 4 Comments

Critiquing personality disorder - new book

Publisher's blurb: 'In order to work effectively with people with personality disorders it is important that Mental Health Social Workers (MHSWs) have a clear understanding of trauma and its impact on the person. It is also important that they have good relational skills and the support of the team and organisation. Drawing on an analysis of the similarities (and differences) in service user and MHSWs’ perspectives, the book outlines the further skills, knowledge and conditions that…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 27, 2017 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Medication free treatment in Norway

From Mad in America: 'Åsgård psychiatric hospital in Tromsø, Norway is a rather tired-looking facility, its squat buildings mindful of institutional architecture from the Cold War era, and in terms of its geographic location, it could hardly be located further from the centers of western psychiatry. Tromsø lies 215 miles north of the Arctic Circle, with tourists coming during the winter months to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Yet it is in this…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

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Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing: spiritual interpretations of symptoms in medical practice

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 16:15 0 Comments

As human migration brings an ever more diverse range of people, cultures and beliefs into contact, Western medical systems must adapt to cater for the different approaches it encounters towards illness, the body, gender, mental health and death.

Based upon training courses taught by the author to staff at hospitals, mental health professionals, and on degree courses, this complete resource provides an essential foundation for understanding the complex and manifold approaches to…

Continue

Socioeconomic factors and mental health: call for contributions

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 15:30 0 Comments

Palgrave Communications is an open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan dedicated to publishing high quality original research across all areas of the humanities and social sciences. Article proposals…

Continue

HEA Practice Education Special Interest Group

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:12 0 Comments

Practice Education plays a vital role in providing experiential and work based learning to thousands of health and social care students across the UK. With such an important role in the education of future health and social care professionals the HEA are delighted to announce this inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The aims of the group is to support those educators who are responsible for the design, co-ordination and delivery of practice based education.…

Continue

Practice Learning: Formats, Challenges and Solutions across the disciplines - online chat

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:11 0 Comments

Earlier this month the HEA health and social care team hosted the inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The day was focused on the use of practice learning in the development of health and social care professionals. However during the day we exposed a number of universal issues that carry weight in determining the success of education across the disciplines.

So our #HEAchat on Wednesday 26th April 2017 8pmGMT will try to highlight the…

Continue

Why did I go Mad? - BBC Horizon programme

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 19:00 0 Comments

For hundreds of years, psychiatry has treated voices and hallucinations as an enemy - regarding them as 'insanity' or 'madness' and seeing them as something to be quashed and even frightened of. But today, new scientific and psychological insights into how the brain works are leading to a radical rethink on what such experiences are - and how they should be treated.

Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and…

Continue

Democratising health: service user participation, co-production and advocacy for social justice

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 21, 2017 at 12:48 0 Comments

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Guest Editors

Dr Karen Newbigging (lead)

School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, UK

k.v.newbigging@bham.ac.uk



June Sadd 

Survivor Consultant, Researcher and Trainer 

junesadd@hotmail.co.uk



Dr Tayeb Alhafez 

Medical Officer, Synaptic…

Continue

National Co-production week - 3-7 July 2017

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 22:55 0 Comments

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.…

Continue

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” - Call for contributions

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 16:50 0 Comments

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” Edited by Robin Alex McDonald

What is depression? … An “imagined sun, bright and black at the same time?” … A “noonday demon?” … A dead fish? In literature, comics, art, and film, we witness new conceptualizations of depression come into being. Unburdened by diagnostic criteria and pharmaceutical concerns, these media employ imagery, narrative, symbolism, and metaphor to forge imaginative, exploratory, and innovative…

Continue

Building a new community psychology of mental health: spaces, places, people and activities - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2017 at 12:13 0 Comments

This book provides a much-needed account of informal community-based approaches to working with mental distress. It starts from the premise that contemporary mainstream psychiatry and psychology struggle to capture how distress results from complex embodied arrays of social experiences that are embedded within specific historical, cultural, political and economic settings. The authors challenge mainstream understandings of mental health that position a naive public in need of mental…

Continue

Teaching critical approaches to depression and anxiety when you are depressed and anxious - by Jane EM Callaghan

Posted by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2017 at 8:30 2 Comments

New blog bost by Jane EM Callaghan: 

"In the many years I have taught mental health, I have always wrestled with a fundamental contradiction. On the one hand, I have a political commitment to an anti-diagnostic, and anti-medicalisation stance. On the other hand, I have struggled life long with anxiety, trauma responses, and depression.

This year, I came to teach my classes on anxiety and depression 9 months into my treatment with duloxetine. This has been a life saving drug for…

Continue

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