Life of the Mind Interrupted: essays on mental health and disability in higher education

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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Launch of Mad In Asia - online platform

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:14 0 Comments

Mad in Asia is an online platform whose primary mission is to contribute to changing the narrative about madness and mental distress.

Mad in Asia hopes to showcase narratives that are contextually relevant for the Asia region that focus on the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities as well as challenge the dominance of western biomedical psychiatry and clinical psychology. Led by persons with psychosocial disabilities from Asian countries and in collaboration with…

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Community Open Online Courses (COOCs)

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2018 at 10:08 0 Comments

Community Open Online Courses (COOCs) are an opportunity for people to share their passions, ideas and knowledge with each other.  What learning is created is down to you, the users.  Learning is most enjoyable when it is taught by those with enthusiasm and a desire to share what they know.  The word ‘courses’ is loosely used, there are no exams, no tests, no qualifications required.  The aim is to get people from all parts of the community to generate learning opportunities and to share…

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The Angry Consumer - embracing difficult conversations

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 10, 2018 at 10:54 0 Comments

This is a great new blog post by Nev Jones. 

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Assessment for Social Justice: perspectives and practices within higher education - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on July 1, 2018 at 19:05 0 Comments

Assessment for Social Justice: perspectives and practices within higher education, by Jan McArthur, looks at assessment in HE through the lenses of critical pedagogy and social justice, and offers new insights to both fields of enquiry. …

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Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services - new book

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 30, 2018 at 10:30 0 Comments

This new book, by Noël Hunter, represents a critical exploration of the mental health system as it pertains to individuals experiencing 'madness'

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Is written entirely from the perspective of people with lived experience

Offers resources and directions for the future, as recommended by people with the experiences in consideration.

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Social policy first hand An international introduction to participatory social welfare

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2018 at 14:30 0 Comments

Social policy is often constructed and implemented by people who have little experience of its impact as a service user, but there has been a growing interest in greater public, patient and service user involvement in social policy as both political activity and academic discipline.

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Mad Studies webinar series

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 13:59 0 Comments

This series of eight online webinars will introduce participants to mad studies, an emerging, interdisciplinary field encompassing a variety of philosophical, social, and cultural perspectives on what we consider "madness." As a discipline, mad studies seeks to challenge dominant understandings of "mental illness," rejecting the notion that the biomedical model of psychiatry is an accurate interpretation of human mental and emotional states. Mad studies offers a variety of alternative…

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Paying people who receive benefits - coproduction and participation.

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2018 at 13:55 0 Comments

This At a glance briefing, from SCIE, looks at benefit changes that can make it easier for people who use services and carers to get involved in paid co-production/ participation in health and social care. 

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Independent review of the Mental Health Act: A summary of the interim report

Posted by Jill Anderson on June 15, 2018 at 14:57 0 Comments

This useful briefing, on the NHS Confederation website, summarises key points from the interim report for Mental Health Network members.  View the briefing.

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