September 2014 Blog Posts (16)

Clinical Psychology and Disability Studies:

This new paper may be of interest. . . 

Purpose: Clinical psychology and disability studies have traditionally occupied very different academic, philosophical and political spaces. However, this paper aims to illustrate the positive consequences and implications of attempts to understand and bridge this disciplinary divide. 

Method: A narrative review format was used with evidence selected pragmatically as opposed to systematically. The construction of the argument determined…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 30, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Journal of Narrative Politics

Journal of Narrative Politics is an interdisciplinary journal rooted in the study of global politics that explores narrative voice in academic research, writing, and pedagogy, and in the diverse expressions of non-academic communities and social formations. Normatively committed to human dignity, fairness, and peace, Journal of Narrative Politics aims to imagine futures free from colonial, racial, gendered, and economic violences. As a result, Journal…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 29, 2014 at 15:54 — No Comments

Self harm: parents' experiences

New module from healthtalkonline. 

In this section you can find out about the experiences of parents and other family members of young people who self-harm by seeing and hearing them share their personal stories on film. Our researchers travelled all around the UK to talk to 39 people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as why young people self-harm, discovering that a young person is self-harming, how they helped their young person, living with…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 24, 2014 at 21:31 — No Comments

Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation & Connection

Just to alert you all to a book coming out in October by Routledge.

It is based on a series of projects in which mental health service users spoke at length about their production and engagement with visual art. One of the projects was the 'Thou Art' study and film that some of you may be familiar with. The book foregrounds their voice and journeys, and an overview can be seen by clicking the link below.…


Added by Olivia Sagan on September 23, 2014 at 13:50 — 1 Comment

UCLAN One in Four film festival

6-10 October 2014

The One in Four Film Festival 2014 is a week-long free event featuring films which explore the effects of mental ill health upon individuals, communities and families. The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness of and stamp out the stigma associated with mental ill health. The Festival is sponsored by theSchool of Health.

Every evening a film that explores mental health is shown at 7pm, the film is introduced by the person who has nominated the film…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 16, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Psychology and Psychiatry: Bridging the Gap

Special issue of Clinical Psychology Forum. 

Read it in full here.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 14, 2014 at 20:58 — No Comments

A straight-talking introduction to psychiatric diagnosis: new book

Lucy Johnstone asks 'Do you still need your psychiatric diagnosis?' This book will help you to decide. A revolution is underway in mental health. If the authors of the diagnostic manuals are admitting that psychiatric diagnoses are not supported by evidence, then no one should be forced to accept them. If many mental health workers are openly questioning diagnosis and saying we need a different and better system, then service users and carers should be allowed to do so too. This book is…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 18:44 — No Comments

Creating Alternatives to the Medical Model

Article written by Tamasin Knight, based on her Winston Churchill Foundation trip to the US last year. 

Read it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Mad Studies Stream web page

Set of web pages, bringing together materials from the historic mad studies stream at the Disability Studies Conference in Lancaster in September 2014.
Visit site:

Added by Jill Anderson on September 12, 2014 at 13:58 — No Comments

Update to MH Online Resource Map

Hi all,

Just letting you know that I have made some updates to the MH Online Resource Map so please use the latest version:




Added by Sharon Rankin on September 12, 2014 at 13:37 — No Comments

The Glasgow Madness Solidarity Network

The Glasgow Madness Solidarity Network: an introduction…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2014 at 8:34 — No Comments

Prevention of Suicide Training: request for information on what is taught to mental health nurses.

I am running Prevention of Suicide Training in the NHS Trusts.  I am interested in know how the this is taught both from an theoretical and skills perspective within the degree curriculum.  I am particularly interested in how staff in mental health units are prepared to support service users on discharge from hospital. Anything on the development and implementation of safety plans would be of interest.  Contact Fiona Cassells:

Added by Jill Anderson on September 9, 2014 at 8:26 — No Comments

Call for Papers on Mad Studies: Special issue of the Journal Intersectionalities

The special issue Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and ‘Mental Health’aims for an  interdisciplinary – or ‘in/disciplinary’ - collection of articles that will demonstrate the relationship and contribution of Mad Studies to other related fields of study.

Questions that we would in particularly like to explore include, but are not limited to:

  •  How has the project of Mad Studies been taken up both in and outside of Canada in…

Added by Jill Anderson on September 9, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Social Approaches to Voice Hearing: A Lived Experience Perspective

inabilities and deficits, rather than individuals’ inherent ability to understand and cope 

with their voices and other experiences. This course is grounded on acceptance of lived 

experiences of voice hearing. Participants will be taught to employ the Maastricht 

Interview, an assessment tool developed by Dr Sandra Escher and Professor Marius 

Romme, which provides a structured method for understanding and…

Added by Jill Anderson on September 4, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Online Mental Health Resources

Dear Members,

I have put together a list of online resources which you may find useful - I have included MHHE too


Added by Sharon Rankin on September 2, 2014 at 15:04 — 1 Comment

Working for disability equality in higher education - the global perspective: call for proposals

Working for disability equality in Higher Education -the global perspective: July, 20-24, 2015 - Manchester, UK.

Proposals due 10/31/2014.

NADP-UK International Conference 2015

The National Association of Disability Practitioners International Conference –‘Working for disability equality in Higher Education – the global perspective’ will be taking place in Manchester from 20th –…


Added by Jill Anderson on September 1, 2014 at 8:19 — 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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