January 2013 Blog Posts (51)

critical friends group


Would anyone else like the idea of a 'critical friends' group on here for people who are writing? The idea would be that the members could review each others work prior to submission elsewhere? It wouldn't be a lot of work in that only one person would have to view each offering for it to be of use. I for one reach a point with something I'm writing and can't see 'wood for trees' and really value another angle/perspective. If there are some responses I'll create a group for…


Added by Bill Penson on January 31, 2013 at 21:48 — 2 Comments

Nicola Williamson - a journey to recovery

Short film produced by IRISS and East Dunbartonshire Council.  A resource for use in teaching?

View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 30, 2013 at 11:02 — No Comments

Mental Health Act Annual Report 2011/12

Throughout 2011/12, CQC commissioners visited 1,546 wards, of which 811 were unannounced and 95 took place on weekends.  Commissioners spoke to patients and staff, checked care plans and other documents, examined the state of wards and more.  This report, published today, contains their findings.

View the report and summary.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 30, 2013 at 10:54 — No Comments

Adult safeguarding e-learning resource: launched today by SCIE

Adult safeguarding is about looking out for the people around us and protecting them from harm. Anyone can find themselves in a difficult situation where there is a possibility that they might be harmed, but when the situation involves someone who needs extra support – known as ‘an adult at risk’ – the situation becomes critical.

The resource explores the following questions:

  • What is ‘adult safeguarding’ and how does it affect each and every one of…

Added by Jill Anderson on January 29, 2013 at 17:05 — No Comments

Welcome to new members

Just wanted to say how good it is to see the MHHE network group growing.  Its wonderful to be able to welcome new members and there is clearly more and more activity on the website.


Added by Kate Karban on January 29, 2013 at 11:52 — No Comments

Three short films about poverty in the UK

May be useful for teaching.  Made by the brilliant Mosaic Films, who also made Animated Minds.

View three short films about poverty here.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 29, 2013 at 10:44 — No Comments


Does the Internet and social networking sites such as Facebook offer opportunities for WELLBEING and inclusion or alternatively do they fuel addictions and cause loneliness and distress?

Michael Poh on the Hongkiat site offers brief discussions in blogs such as:


7 Telltale Signs Of Facebook Addiction.



Added by julie gosling on January 28, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

HCPC seeks views on criteria for approving Approved Mental Health Professional programmes in England

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is now seeking views from stakeholders as part of a new consultation on draft criteria for approving Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) education programmes in England.

Until its closure last year, the General Social Care Council (GSCC) had statutory responsibility for approving AMHP education programmes in England. The HCPC have now taken on this responsibility.

The criteria under…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2013 at 16:11 — No Comments

HEA conference on social mobility: call for students to participate as jurors

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is inviting students to participate as ‘jurors’ in a major social mobility conference to be held in Manchester on 26 - 27 March 2013.

The two-day conference, ‘What can higher education contribute to improving social mobility in the UK?’ will examine the contribution of higher education to improving social mobility in the UK. 

The HEA is looking for 12…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2013 at 10:18 — No Comments

Globalising mental health or pathologising the global south? Call for Papers

Disability and the Global South: An International Journal www.dgsjournal.org

Globalising Mental Health or Pathologising the Global South?…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2013 at 10:13 — No Comments


CREATIVE MALADJUSTMENT WEEK (July 7-July 14, 2013) is only 6 months away! On this national day in celebration of the founder of the International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment [IAACM], MindFreedom echoes the famous words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in saying that "the salvation of the world lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted!"…


Added by julie gosling on January 27, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Here at home: a short film about mental health and homelessness

Haunted by visions of his father, Mark thought he’d won the jackpot when he discovered he was going to be housed. But now, safe and secure in his apartment, he’s overwhelmed by a new fear – will he lose his home when the study ends? 

This short film is a chapter from Here At Home, a web documentary about mental health and homelessness that takes us inside the Mental Health Commission of Canada's At Home pilot project.…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 27, 2013 at 17:41 — 1 Comment

interesting website...

 I've been looking at this often (if you sign up you get a regular email update/link);  http://www.disabilityscoop.com/ .  This is a US site and seems mainly geared towards learning disability, autism... which I suppose again just raises how we are working to inherited late nineteenth.early twentieth century nosology/taxonomy.  I would argue that there is so much in shared experience, and in being psychologically othered (which is…


Added by Bill Penson on January 26, 2013 at 17:15 — 1 Comment

Primum non forgetful

This is a film about memory loss in old age. The title of the film ‘Primum non forgetful’ explores part of the Hippocratic Oath when it comes to the medical approach to memory loss. Primum non nocere, as stated by Hippocrates, translates as: first, above all, do no harm. This film, Primum non forgetful, argues that we have lost sight of the range of reasons behind forgetfulness in age.

This film is presented in two parts: the first part explores the current drive and…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Service user and carer involvement in assessment.

See here for an updated version of mhhe's annotated reading list.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice (CCrAMHP) - Lancaster

This group is for all who are passionate about sustaining critical and creative approaches to mental health practice, in situations which can feel constraining. Open to mental health practitioners, students, educators, service users and carers and others with an interest in engaging in discussion and debate, reciprocal learning and support. We meet on the last Monday of the month from 6-8pm at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster. 

Further details:…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2013 at 16:59 — No Comments

The Future of Mental Health Services - Call for Evidence

The Mental Health Foundation has launched a major inquiry into the Future of Mental Health Services in the UK.  They want to explore what mental health services might look like in 20 – 30 years’ time. This will involve looking ahead to assess the challenges mental health services may face in the future, and thinking creatively about the ways services can meet these challenges. It is hoped that the findings will help ensure that all mental health services are fit for purpose in the 21st…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2013 at 21:30 — No Comments

Madness Contested: Power and Practice

This book contests how both society and Mental Health Services conceptualise and respond to madness. Despite sustained criticisms from academia, survivor groups and practitioners, the bio-genetic model of madness prevails and therefore shapes our very notions of what madness is, who the mad are and how to respond. This dominant yet narrow view,…

Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments

'My daughter the schizophrenic' - original article and responses

Useful materials for generating debate in teaching:

My daughter the schizophrenic - Guardian article

Response by Gordon Milson and Sarah Brennan (Young Minds)…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2013 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Reconnect - new film about psychosis

Historically young people experiencing a first episode of psychosis found it difficult to obtain effective treatment. The film invites to viewer to see the world through the eyes of Karl, a 20 year old student suffering with psychosis.  The film was made to raise awareness of psychosis, reduce the stigma and reduce the delay in getting treatment.  It was made in conjunction with North Staffordshire Early Intervention in Psychosis Team.…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2013 at 19:07 — No Comments

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QMU launches the world's first Masters in Mad Studies

Posted by Jill Anderson on December 1, 2020 at 11:50 0 Comments

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is launching the world’s first master’s degree in Mad Studies. The MSc Mad Studies course is primarily a course for graduates with lived experience of mental health issues. It has been hailed by a leading international Mad Studies academic as the most exciting piece of curriculum development in the last 20 years!

Mad Studies is a recognised academic discipline that explores the knowledge and actions that have grown…


Unlearning through Mad Studies: disruptive pedagogical praxis

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 26, 2020 at 19:00 0 Comments

Medical discourse currently dominates as the defining framework for madness in educational praxis. Consequently, ideas rooted in a mental health/illness binary abound in higher learning, as both curriculum content and through institutional procedures that reinforce structures of normalcy. While madness, then, is included in university spaces, this inclusion proceeds in ways that continue to pathologize madness and disenfranchise mad people.

This paper offers Mad…


Stepchange: mentally healthy universities

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:48 0 Comments

Earlier this year, UUK published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff by taking a whole university approach to mental health.

The Stepchange approach and shared set of principles inform the …


Think Ahead gets funding to boost its intake.

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:41 0 Comments

Fast-track mental health social work provider Think Ahead will expand its intake by 60% from next year following a government funding boost of at least £18m.

The Department of Health and Social Care has agreed a contract with Think Ahead to increase the number of trainees for its 2021 and 2022 cohorts from 100 to 160, with…


Transforming Mental Health Social Work videos

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:39 0 Comments

Health Education England has commissioned 11 videos centered on real-life experience of specialists in the social work field.

See the video playlist.

Transforming mental health social work - conference report

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:37 0 Comments

In February 2020 Health Education England and Skills for Care put on two major conferences about the role and development of mental health social work. 

Download the conference report.

Leadership in mental health social work - web pages

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:33 0 Comments

A section of the Skills for Care website has been developed for mental health social workers and AMHPs

View the web pages here.

Social work education and training in mental health, addictions and suicide: a scoping review protocol

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:29 1 Comment

Social workers are among the largest group of professionals in the mental health workforce and play a key role in the assessment of mental health, addictions and suicide. Most social workers provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, yet there are gaps in research on social work education and training programmes. The objective of this open access scoping review is to examine literature on social work education and training in mental health, addictions and…


Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Posted by Jill Anderson on October 16, 2020 at 15:25 0 Comments

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, a new Nuffield Trust report discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so.

Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some  key findings.

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