April 2019 Blog Posts (17)

Madness and the demand for recognition: A philosophical inquiry into identity and mental health activism

Madness is a complex and contested term.…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2019 at 16:43 — No Comments

Mad Studies group - Birmingham

Are you a Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP)? (Mad) Academic? Student? Clinician? Service User? Carer?

 All welcome! 

‘Mad Studies’ is a field of scholarship, theory, and activism about the lived experiences, history, cultures, and politics about people who may identify as 'Mad', mentally ill,…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 18, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

Engaging with Voices videos

These 15 videos were created by Elisabeth Svanholmer, Charlie Heriot-Maitland and Rufus May. Filming and editing by John Richardson and his team  

The Engaging with Voices videos are intended as inspiration and support for people interested in compassionate…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

RE:CREATE psychiatry

The UK mental healthcare system is deemed by many to be failing its users, and lauded by many more as one of the best in the world. As a community of people who have journeyed through mental ill-health and well-being, we at Mental Fight Club have contemplated standards of care both abysmal and outstanding. Now, we want to instigate new thinking stemming from our collective…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2019 at 21:23 — No Comments

Supporting student mental health in higher education - new book

Supporting Student Mental Health in Higher Education

by Samuel Stones and Jonathan Glazzard

April 2019  2144pp   ISBN 9781912508778   

Student mental health is a key consideration in higher education with recent reports identifying a major gap in provision by universities and how ill-equipped…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2019 at 8:18 — No Comments

My name is Rachel: Radio programme

Rachel Waddingham hears voices. The first time she heard them she was lying in a bed. “You’re so stupid”, “they are watching you”, “it would be much better if you just ended it all”. She was also convinced she was being watched, that she was at the centre of a conspiracy. She ended up dropping out of university and eventually was admitted to a psychiatric unit. “I began to hear the alien speak to me, and that alien told me that I was a murderer, that it could control me, that it was going to…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2019 at 21:32 — No Comments

Spaces of Mental Health: Call for papers

This is an interdisciplinary session “Spaces of Mental Health” in the 8th European Conference on Mental Health October 2nd-4th in Belfast, UK.

Space has long been interest across disciplines such as history, geography, sociology, health studies,criminology, architecture and nursing studies. The meaning ascribed to space often varies between

disciplines. This session emphasizes the theme of the conference “breaking down the boundaries” by inviting participants from different…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:32 — No Comments

Mad in the UK - podcasts

A range of audiovisual resources which may be of use in teaching. 


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

BA in Social Enterprise and Creative Care: university of Hull

This course aims to educate a new generation of project pioneers to enhance the quality of life for those affected by disability, ill health, poverty, trauma or social exclusion. It focuses on engaging and sustaining communities to improve wellbeing – while developing skills in leadership, social welfare, project management and solving practical problems. Learners will study key topics such as:

  • Enterprising welfare – skills in applying for funding, designing websites and…

Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 14:19 — No Comments

Public Health Activism in Changing Times: Call for Papers

The special issue of Critical Public Health will examine emerging new forms of public health activism, and associated novel sources of collective agency, that are evolving in the fight for health-enabling conditions. Attention to structural forms of power, and the strengths and weaknesses of individual agency have long been cornerstones of critical public health, rooted in a long-established structure-agency binary. We seek to disrupt this binary by calling for papers that draw…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 13:01 — No Comments

Student Mental Health Research Network

SMaRteN is a national research network funded by UK Research and Innovation, led by King's College London, focusing on Student Mental Health in Higher Education. Working with researchers with a range of expertise and key stakeholders across the Higher Education sector, we aim to improve the understanding of student mental health.


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 12:49 — No Comments

MSC in person centred health and social care

This degree, currently the only one of its kind in England and Wales, is designed to assist professionals in a broad range of areas, developing person-centred and values-based approaches to care, in response to the growing need to integrate health and social care.

For more information please contact Professor Michael Loughlin, Co-Director of the European Institute for Person-Centred Health and Social Care: …


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 12:43 — No Comments

Mental Health, Wellbeing and Education: BERA special interest group

This British Educational Research Association SIG will bring together academics, practitioners and others who have a shared interest in mental health and wellbeing in relation to education. Within this special interest area, it aims to:

  • raise awareness of and promote mental health and wellbeing in education at all levels
  • encourage and support research;
  • create a dynamic forum for discussion of pertinent issues, knowledge exchange and critical…

Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

I'm here too: Reflections on clinical psychology training

A reflection on the writer’s recent experiences of starting a DClinPsy course as someone who has struggled with their mental health (and sometimes still does). Inspired by the bravery of others who have spoken about their experiences of both providing and using mental health services, they share their thoughts – with the primary aim of letting others who are experiencing something similar know that they are not alone. They also hope that this might be useful for other trainees who haven’t…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 12:10 — No Comments

The History of the Mad Movement & Alternatives to Biomedical Approaches: online course

An introductory course for mental health practitioners and advocates who want to gain knowledge about alternative practices and become change-makers in their field.

Learn about transformative and liberatory mental health practices beyond the…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 12:09 — No Comments

Friends make the best medicine - a teaching resource?

We need to start talking and networking – finding common ground and common language with the other people around us. We need to get together in groups and find language for our stories that make sense to us and leave us feeling good about ourselves. Unlearn social conditioning about what it means to be ‘sick’ and ‘healthy’.…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 12:08 — No Comments

Madness, Violence and Power: a critical collection

Available for pre-order, this book will be out in May.

It disengages from the common forms of discussion about violence related to mental health service users and survivors which position…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 12:07 — 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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