July 2013 Blog Posts (31)

First posting on the new mhhe communal blog: mhheviews

Bob Sapey writes about Psychiatric Treatments and the United Nations 1985 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  Do add a comment!  

Who will write the next blog posting.  Could it be YOU? 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 29, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

Book and film clubs - their use in learning and teaching

See HERE for resources from our recent symposium. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 25, 2013 at 17:05 — No Comments

Shaping Our Lives - resources

See HERE for an amazing wealth of resources from the Shaping Our Lives project - including their recent report 'Beyond the Usual Suspects'. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 25, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments


We are starting a communal blog on the mhhehub.  Would you like to write a posting? It can be on any topic that you choose: a burning issue, a diary of your day/week, a resource that you use in teaching, an experience of learning. . . . Do let us know if so. 

Here are some blogs which may be of interest to those involved in learning and teaching about mental health: http://bundlr.com/b/mh-teaching-blogs.  Let us know about others…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 25, 2013 at 10:45 — No Comments

mhhehub development - online chats

I will be online tomorrow (26 July) from 10-11am and on Monday (29 July) from 12 noon to 1pm.  Do join me if you have any ideas or suggestions about how we can develop the hub and/or queries.  Just go to the hub home page and scroll down for the chat screen. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 25, 2013 at 10:23 — 1 Comment

Can anyone advise about setting up a web site

Apologies if this is an inappropriate request.  Can anyone suggest how I would begin to set up something like the MHHE Hub for a different group.  I am just not sure how to start and everything I look at, including Ning resources, costs money.


Added by Kate Karban on July 23, 2013 at 15:37 — 5 Comments

Les Back's Academic Diary

'An academic diary provides the timeframe of university life: it also gives it a storyline. Early September marks the beginning of another year. Jay Parini writes that academic life is renewed with the fall of autumn leaves, "shredding the previous year's failures and tossing them out of the window like so much confetti". It is a time to plan the year ahead. As Malcolm Bradbury put it in his 1970s campus novel The History Man: "Now it is autumn again; the people are coming back. The…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 23, 2013 at 9:36 — No Comments

SPENT: an online game

An online game about surviving poverty and homelessness.  SPENT

How might you use this in teaching?

Added by Jill Anderson on July 22, 2013 at 18:33 — No Comments

Postdoc opportunities at University of Newcastle, Australia

See here for postdoc opportunities with a focus on peer support in mental health or homelessness/mental health. 

Added by Jill Anderson on July 22, 2013 at 13:46 — 1 Comment

Involving carers in mental health research - three new case studies

The Mental Health Research Network has produced three detailed case studies that showcase the contributions that carers have made to mental health research through their involvement in studies.…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 21, 2013 at 10:57 — No Comments

PLEASE add yourself to the mhhehub member map

We have one or two people on there with a continent to themselves!

Added by Jill Anderson on July 19, 2013 at 15:39 — No Comments

The MadQuarry dictionary: a consumer's guide to the language of mental health

In July 2012 Our Consumer Place (an Australian initiative) launched a national competition inviting consumers – and anyone else who was interested – to contribute towards a collection of consumer-convoluted language that they could pull together as a dictionary.   

Consumers were solicited over several editions of the Our Consumer Place newsletter to play with the twisted language of psychiatry. Back-to-front meanings, made-up words, acronyms redefined,  re-created language and…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 18, 2013 at 15:34 — 1 Comment

Improve Dementia Education and Awareness website

A new free to use website has been launched at The University of Nottingham to improve care for people with dementia.

The Improve Dementia Education and Awareness (IDEA) site makes a range of quality courses and resources widely available — both nationally and internationally — with the aim of improving care and quality of life for people with dementia.

It is targeted at all levels of…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 18, 2013 at 15:21 — No Comments

Open Dialogue

What would we give for a treatment for first-episode psychosis that led to a 90% reduction in the diagnosis of schizophrenia? In Western Lapland the mental health system achieves this with Open Dialogue, not drugs.

I've just finished watching Daniel Mackler's film, Open Dialogue and strongly recommend it for using in mental health teaching. Below is the blurb from the back of the video and it can be bought from wildtruth.net. 

From the DVD:



Added by Bob Sapey on July 17, 2013 at 14:14 — 2 Comments

Reading in Practice masters degree

The Reading in Practice Masters degree, run by the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems (CRILS) at University of Liverpool, is the first Masters degree of its kind in the country, inviting open-minded investigation into the role of reading in relation to health – in the broadest sense of that word.



Added by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

New film: Getting to know the person with dementia - the impact of diagnosis.

This new film breaks a few myths about dementia by introducing six people whose lives have been affected by the condition. The video, on the Social Care TV website, focuses on the people’s thoughts about having the condition and it shows that people with dementia can lead interesting and fulfilling lives. The film will be useful for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, along with anyone who cares for people with the condition. This includes health and social care staff,…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Wiltshire Voices - films online

Wiltshire Voices brings us the views of people who either do not or cannot participate in civic life. There are many reasons why these people do not take part but there is no reason why they should be ignored. Wiltshire Voices enables people to have a say in their own way. These are their own words.

Watch the films and comment HERE

Added by Jill Anderson on July 17, 2013 at 11:19 — No Comments

Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: A systematic review

Open access article in the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 

A systematic review of the published work on consumer involvement in the education of health professionals was undertaken using the PRISMA guidelines. Searches of the CINAHL, MEDLINE, and PsychINFO electronic databases returned 487 records, and 20 met the inclusion criteria. Further papers were obtained through scanning the reference lists of those articles included from the initial published work search (n =…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2013 at 13:42 — No Comments

Discrimination in Higher Education

Discrimination in Higher Education: Users & Survivors in Academia Speak Out.  View blog posting here.

Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2013 at 15:22 — No Comments

Preparing students for ethical engagement on online communities - PREZI

How to create social media based learning designs to prepare students to engage safely and ethically in online communities of practice.  Prezi by Tarsem Singh Cooner, from this year's Joint Social Work Education conference.

View here

Added by Jill Anderson on July 12, 2013 at 10:41 — 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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