January 2014 Blog Posts (24)

A twitter window on the mhhehub's work in 2013

See here for a flavour of our first full year of active tweeting!

Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2014 at 21:37 — No Comments

IMHA Implementation Project and Seminar

The Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) implementation project has been funded by the DH to improve the way IMHA services are commissioned, monitored and delivered. The project will be taking the research findings from  The Right to Be Heard to create a number of resources and materials to assist service users, commissioners, advocacy providers and mental health services commission and deliver even better IMHA…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Vile bodies: Understanding the neglect of personal hygiene in a sterile society

Why do some citizens in the affluent West neglect their personal cleanliness and how can relatives, friends and care professionals provide effective support?  In its mildest form, self-neglect forms the topic of arguments between mothers and their teenage children, but at its most severe it kills people. It is difficult to define what counts as self-neglect, hard to identify who is at risk and tricky to decide whether to intervene. While all behaviour is perhaps a form of communication,…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2014 at 19:25 — No Comments

AMHP programme leads group - online chats

This group is for those responsible for Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) programmes - providing a space to exchange ideas and experiences about the professional and academic requirements for AMHP training and any other related issues.

Three online chats have been scheduled:

- Tuesday 4th March 2014 from 9 – 10am

- Wednesday 2nd April 2014 from 4 – 5pm

- Friday 20th June 9 2014 9 – 10am

To contribute, simply log in to the hub at the appropriate time…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 20, 2014 at 19:58 — 2 Comments

Bridging the Gap: a health inequalities teaching resource

Bridging the Gap is an online health inequalities learning resource that aims to provide pre-registration Nurses, Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHPs), and those Higher Education Institutions in Scotland with responsibilities for their education with a flexible learning resource.

Bridging the Gap, drawing on current evidence, outlines some of the key features of health and social inequalities in Scotland, explores a range of associated topics and themes; from the social…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 19, 2014 at 13:17 — 1 Comment

Breaking Isolation: international students and wellbeing

In the summer of 2010 Equally Connected facilitated a group of international students at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh to make a short film about the challenges of leaving home, to live and study in a new country, and the strategies they employed to ensure their wellbeing.

View the film

Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 20:11 — No Comments

Popular Education Conference 2014

The conference is an opportunity for university-based teachers and researchers, student-activists and others involved in higher education, who share a common interest in popular education – many of whom work in considerable isolation in their own institutions – to meet, exchange ideas, learn from each other and enjoy some much needed solidarity and conviviality.

Further details

Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Teaching Politics Beyond the Book: Film, Texts and New Media in the Classroom

This book comes recommended by Hannah Morgan, in social work at Lancaster. 

To teach political issues such as political struggle, justice, interstate conflict, etc. educators rely mostly on textbooks and lectures. However, many other forms of narrative exist that can elevate our understanding of such issues. This innovative work seeks new ways to foster learning beyond the textbook and lecture model, by using creative and new media, including graphic novels,…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 15:19 — No Comments

Critical and Radical Debates in Social Work - Policy Press

This exciting and innovative series explores a range of current issues, developments and debates in social work, social care and social policy from a critical and radical perspective. Each of the texts in the series begins with a lead article by a well-known social work academic or practitioner, followed by responses from academics, practitioners, and service users and a final reply from the main author. A key aim of the series is to stimulate debate within social work and this is…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 15:11 — No Comments

Mental Health Partnerships

Mental Health Partnerships is a specialist knowledge portal, bringing together Networks, organisations, groups and individuals to share knowledge and learning to improve services and the mental health and wellbeing of communities.

It is sponsored the National Clinical Director for Mental Health, NHS England and the Strategic Clinical Network (South West).

Find out more

Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 14:51 — No Comments

Health and Care Innovation Expo

Registration has opened for  the Health and Care Innovation Expo.

'More than 10,000 people from across health and care, the voluntary sector, commissioners, clinicians, patients, thought leaders and innovators will meet at Manchester Central on 3rd and 4th March and take part in the fast-paced and interactive programme.

Hosted by NHS England, Expo…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 14:49 — No Comments

Voicing Caregivers' Experiences: ten new stories

This new resource is about the experiences of caregivers and their views on wellbeing and recovery. ‘Voicing Caregivers' Experiences' was developed through a partnership between the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. A book produced through the project features ten narrative accounts of people with…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 15, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

An exploration of international innovation in service user involvement across three countries

This film is from a project which examines social work from the perspective of service users and carers across three countries, Northern Ireland, Slovenia and Spain. Social work students from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and the University of Alicante, Spain interviewed service users and carers on film using seven questions developed to examine key areas of social work skills, knowledge and values. The service users and carers were all…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 14, 2014 at 17:55 — No Comments

'No health without mental health' dashboard

The ‘No health without mental health’ strategy sets clear objectives to improve mental health outcomes. For the first time, this dashboard brings together relevant measures from a wide range of sources to show us the progress being made against these objectives, and to give a clear, concise picture of mental health outcomes as a whole.

View the…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 7, 2014 at 18:15 — No Comments

Bipolarized - the movie

The film BIPOLARIZED follows Ross McKenzie as he embarks on a journey to treat his symptoms through alternative treatments and dig up the root cause of his mental breakdown.

View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 7, 2014 at 16:27 — No Comments

Preventing mental ill-health: informing public health planning and mental health practice - NEW BOOK

Is there any evidence that we can reduce the incidence of mental ill health? Is it possible to prevent recurrence of mental ill health?

Aspirations to achieve both these goals have featured in mental health policy and practice for over 100 years. This comprehensive and accessible book draws on research on the development and persistence of behavioural problems in childhood, adult depression and schizophrenia. The association between social disadvantage and mental ill health, as well…


Added by Jill Anderson on January 7, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

The art of medicine: taking a narrative turn in psychiatry

Article about the recent changes to the DSM - by Bradley Lewis in the Lancet. 

Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 6, 2014 at 21:55 — 2 Comments

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day

Wednesday 19 February 2013.  What will you be doing?

Find out more.

Added by Jill Anderson on January 6, 2014 at 19:38 — 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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