July 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Learning about resilience and recovery in mental health

Slides from Laetitia Zeeman's presentation at a recent Boing Boing resilience forum:


See here for further info re the forums:


Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Threshold concepts conference - videos of keynote presentations

The keynote presentations from the recent Threshold Concepts conference in Dublin are now available here:


I recommend Glynis Cousin's presentation (not least for some good jokes!).

Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 14:15 — No Comments

Crooked Beauty - a poetic documentary

'Crooked Beauty is a poetic documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara's transformative journey from childhood abuse to psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy. It is an intimate portrait of her intense personal quest to live with courage and dignity, and a powerful critique of standard psychiatric treatments. Poignant testimonials connect the fissures and fault lines of human nature to the unstable topography and mercurial weather patterns of the San…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2012 at 12:35 — No Comments

MSc in Global Mental Health

See here for further details:


Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2012 at 14:53 — No Comments

How Mental Health Loses Out in the NHS

Report published on Monday 18 June by the London School of Economics. Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on July 11, 2012 at 19:12 — No Comments

Government announces care and support reforms

The government has announced the biggest reform of the care and support system since 1948. The White Paper, ‘Caring for our future: reforming care and support’ and the draft Care and Support Bill have been published today.

Further details:…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 11, 2012 at 18:20 — No Comments

Living with Difference - 12-13 September, Leeds


12-13 September 2012, Marriott Hotel, Leeds, UK


The Aims and Objectives of LIVEDIFFERENCE 

We are witnessing unprecedented levels of mobility and  population change within and beyond the European Union. In this  context, it is argued that how we develop the capacity to live with difference  is the key issue of the 21st century. This research programme involves five  inter‐linked projects which …


Added by Jill Anderson on July 10, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

South West London Recovery College

'South West London Recovery College is the UK's first mental health recovery study and training facility providing a range of courses and resources for service users, families, friends, carers and staff. The college aims to support people become experts in their own self care and for families, friends, carers and staff to better understand mental health conditions and support people in their recovery journey'.…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 9, 2012 at 14:00 — 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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