Jill Anderson's Blog – January 2016 Archive (37)

Mental? A photographic project

A unique film challenging mental health stigma through the eyes of young people in Norwich, UK.

The participants, aged between 15 and 25 worked together with artist Anita Staff to create thought provoking images and text that challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.

They used photography as a visual language to express their experiences with being in contact with mental health services and lack of awareness and understanding within the wider community.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 31, 2016 at 14:19 — 1 Comment

mhhe features in guide to peer involvement

We were recently asked by Nev Jones, to provide a contribution to the recent report: Peer Involvement and Leadership in Early Intervention in Psychosis Services: From Planning to Peer Support and Evaluation.

See here for the account of mhhe and here for the full…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 29, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

Social Work for Better Mental Health: 3 key documents

These 3 documents are part of the ‘Social Work for Better Mental Health’ initiative. They aim to help improve social work across the mental health sector, and to make sure the value of social work in improving mental wellbeing is recognised.

The documents include:

  • an overview of the strategy and importance of social work in mental health services
  • an assessment of social work in a mental health context
  • guidance about how to get and use feedback on mental…
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Added by Jill Anderson on January 28, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

The Surviving Work Survey

The aims of this survey are to help build a map of the trends in working conditions for mental health workers in the UK. Through the Surviving Work Survey and anonymous case studies the aim is to create a map which measures:

– trends in wages and earnings in the sector

– what jobs people are doing in mental health

– the scale of unwaged and honorary work, principally by trainees

– growth of private contractors and private employment agencies providing clinical services

–…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 27, 2016 at 15:57 — No Comments

The Many Faces of Dementia - free online course.

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 27, 2016 at 15:55 — No Comments

The Future of Mental Health Interview Series

Interviews with 100+ Innovators, Game-Changers, and Alternative Helpers

These interviews appear on Dr. Maisel’s Psychology Today blog “Rethinking Mental Health” from mid-January, 2016 through the end of April, 2016 and complement Dr. Maisel’s new book The Future of Mental Health: Deconstructing the Mental Disorder Paradigm, which you can …

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 26, 2016 at 22:53 — No Comments

Healing Voices - new film

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 26, 2016 at 22:30 — No Comments

Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network.

Listening to Voices: Creative Disruptions with the Hearing Voices Network is a research project that tries to understand how we can listen to voices that we find difficult, disruptive or challenging, whether these seem to come from inside or outside ourselves. It has been created by voice-hearers, academics and independent artists who are interested in asking why and how we silence voices in ourselves or others and how we might help increase understanding about the experience of hearing…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 25, 2016 at 20:21 — No Comments

Searching for a Rose Garden: challenging psychiatry, fostering mad studies

This collection of writings by mad activists, academics and researchers showgrounds new thinking and innovative practice in survivor-led interpretations of and responses to mental distress.

Edited by Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney and with an international spread of contributors, the book includes incisive critique of all that is unhelpful about mainstream (sanestream) understandings of and responses to mental distress and descriptions of pioneering, user-inspired and user-delivered…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2016 at 21:29 — No Comments

Ida's Diary - new film

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 24, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

News from Asylum Magazine

View the January 2016 Newsletter

Added by Jill Anderson on January 22, 2016 at 19:31 — No Comments

Everyday ethics in healthcare: power, politics and practice - call for papers

10 May 2016, The Royal College of Nursing London
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For more information regarding this event, please telephone Steph Baker on 02380 597925 or email events.hs@southampton.ac.uk.
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We are pleased to announce our second everyday ethics conference and to…
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Added by Jill Anderson on January 21, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Coming of Age on Zoloft

When Katherine Sharpe arrived at her college health center with an age-old complaint—a bad case of homesickness—she received a thoroughly modern response: a twenty-minute appointment and a prescription for Zoloft—a drug she would take for the next ten years. Her story isn’t remarkable except for its staggering ubiquity. When Prozac was introduced in 1987, taking psychiatric medication was a fringe phenomenon. Twenty-five years later, 10 percent of Americans over the age of six use an SSRI…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 19, 2016 at 15:48 — No Comments

Evidence Informed Practice in Education - Special Issue of Educational Research

This special issue aims to add to the existing knowledge base about evidence-informed practice (EiP) in education. Discussions and debates about the role of evidence in an educational context are not new. Indeed, a variety of programmes and resources have been developed over recent decades aiming to improve the quality and usability of educational research and ultimately, its impact on teaching practice. However, EiP is still very much a topic of academic and professional discussion, and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 19, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Dementia - some learning resources

These resources (kindly shared by Lionel Rice) may be of use in learning and teaching about dementia.  Other useful links can be found by using the search box at the top right of the mhhehub screen.

Dementia through the eyes of women.

Dementia disproportionately affects women, but their…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 18, 2016 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Stand by me: e-learning training resource on dementia

The course incorporates six video dramatisations across different settings including following Maggie and Mick as Maggie receives a diagnosis of dementia, gets help at home, and moves into a residential care home; and following Marty and Mary and his family as he needs emergency medical care, a stay on an acute hospital ward and as he nears the end of his life. The Stand by Me course is divided into 10 interactive modules, with the 10th module being the assessment. Additional video…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 18, 2016 at 11:46 — No Comments

Jenny's diary: a resource to support conversations about dementia with people who have a learning disability

Jenny’s Diary is a free booklet and a set of postcards aimed at supporting conversations about dementia with people who have a learning (intellectual) disability.

Conversations about dementia are never easy. All dementia strategies in the UK state that everyone is entitled to know of their diagnosis, not only as a human rights issue but as part of developing appropriate and individualised post-diagnostic support. Currently there is limited guidance on how to explain dementia to an…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 18, 2016 at 11:43 — No Comments

Radical Teacher

RADICAL TEACHER, founded in 1975, is a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching. It serves the community of educators who are working for democratic process, peace, and justice. The magazine examines the root causes of inequality and promotes progressive social change.

RADICAL TEACHER publishes articles on classroom practices and curriculum, as well as on educational issues related to gender and sexuality, disability, culture,…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 18, 2016 at 0:48 — No Comments

Literature and Mental Health: Reading for Wellbeing

The great 18th century writer Dr Samuel Johnson, who suffered from severe bouts of depression, said “the only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life or better to endure it.”

This free online course will explore how enjoying literature can help us to endure life.

Taking Johnson’s phrase as a starting point, the course will consider how poems, plays and novels can help us understand and cope with times of deep emotional strain. The reading load will be…

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Added by Jill Anderson on January 13, 2016 at 18:57 — 1 Comment

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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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