Enhancing learning and teaching about mental health across the disciplines
Over the past decade, interest and investment in specialty early intervention in psychosis (EIP) programs has greatly expanded across the United States. A major goal of EIP services is the functional recovery and community integration of emerging adults with first episode psychosis.
Many programs include dedicated supported education or vocational rehabilitation components. The recent (exponential) growth of such services means that many more young Americans will be encouraged and…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 27, 2017 at 10:29 — No Comments
The British Institute of Human Rights has published three new guides on mental health, mental capacity and human rights. The booklets aim to empower people using services to advocate for their own human rights. BIHR have co-produced the booklets with six advocacy and support organisations, working together on a project called Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy.
My Human Rights contains information about what human rights are, which rights are most relevant for…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 20, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments
Keep an eye on the University Mental Health Day map to see what others are up to throughout the UK. Find out what's going on at your own university. If there isn't an event, why not organise one? University mental health day provides a great opportunity for developing and cementing links between people involved in teaching and learning about mental health and those working in student support services. Register your event on the form at the foot of the page.…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 15, 2017 at 18:37 — No Comments
This website is for social workers and other health and social care practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in working with situations of coercive control.
Coercive control is now recognised as the behaviour that underpins domestic abuse. It is a pattern of behaviour which seeks to take away the victim’s sense of self, minimising their freedom of action and violating their human rights.
The Serious Crime Act 2015 creates a new offence of controlling or…Continue
Some studies estimate that each year, around a quarter of the population of Western countries will suffer from at least one mental disorder. Should this be interpreted as evidence for the progress of psychiatry, a discipline that is now able to identify and treat mental illnesses that have always existed, or might it be the case that modern life somehow creates new conditions, or social pathologies? This book argues that in fact something more fundamental has been taking place in…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 14, 2017 at 1:20 — No Comments
The University of Hertfordshire School of Health and Social Work, Department of Nursing (Children’s, Learning Disability and Mental Health) and Social Work is very pleased to offer two applicants for the MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion (online) course, who have lived experience of mental distress, a scholarship for the course fees commencing in the academic year 2017-2018.
The scholarship is in recognition that mental health challenges can interrupt the progress of…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 13, 2017 at 19:17 — No Comments
Mental health service users/refusers have always confronted ethical dilemmas in the legal, medical, socio-political and economic regimes that administer our lives. This special issue invites theoretical, empirical, and community-informed papers that critically explore ethical queries in contemporary mental health practice.
Read the CALL FOR PAPERS
Added by Jill Anderson on February 13, 2017 at 15:37 — No Comments
The AGM of SPN is taking place at 1.45 pm on Monday 20th February at Resource for London,, Seminar Room 1, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. See here for further details.
Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:34 — No Comments
Higher Education Academy Health and Social Care events.
Practice Education Special Interest Group
29 March, 2017
Grow Your Skills: Using Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Professions Learning
Wednesday, 26 April, 2017 - 10:00
Grow Your Skills: Getting to Grips with Competence Assessment
Thursday, 4 May, 2017 - 09:00
Stepping into Programme Management: Student Professional Suitability and Fitness…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:25 — No Comments
This six week evening course may be of interest to those within reach of the Freud museum in London.
Guy de Maupassant once said, “A sick thought can devour the body's flesh more than fever or consumption.” Mental illness is one of the leading causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. Depression, anxiety and substance abuse are reported to be among the main drivers of disability in Western countries. It is estimated that one in six adults has suffered from a common mental…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments
'This edited volume provides an answer to a rising public health concern: what drives the over prescription of psychiatric medication epidemic? Over 15% of the UK public takes a psychiatric medication on any given day, and the numbers are only set to increase. Placing this figure alongside the emerging clinical and scientific data revealing their poor outcomes and the harms these medications often cause, their commercial success cannot be explained by their therapeutic efficacy.…
Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 18:56 — No Comments
These awards have been created in memory of Professor Sir David Watson, to honour his leadership in encouraging community-university engagement and recognise the combined efforts of community and university partners towards making a difference to the lives of people in their shared community.
Community-university engagement is still an emerging field, which can make establishing and developing effective partnerships between community movements and academics difficult. Each year, the…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 18:39 — No Comments
Why are some lives more highly valued than others?
Since humans first appeared on Earth, no two have ever been the same. Yet somewhere along the way, certain bodies and minds came to be highly valued whilst others became viewed as problematic; as deviant and unruly, deficient and requiring adjustment towards a perceived idealised norm.
Exceptional & Extraordinary invited four artists to explore behind the scenes of eight of the UK’s renowned medical museums and – in…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 11, 2017 at 16:08 — No Comments
There is surprisingly little evidence of the role that pets play in the lives of people living with mental distress, despite some acknowledgement of their social support role and, increasingly, of the potential for Animal Assisted Therapy.
This research aimed to fill this gap through exploring the role of pets in people’s overall support networks, and the contribution they make to people’s…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments
Interesting New York Times article HERE.
Any responses to this? Further reading?
Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 17:15 — No Comments
Six years ago, Dr. Chris Gordon, medical director of Advocates Inc., a large community mental health organization in Massachusetts, set out to train in Open Dialogue practices, which had produced such good long-term outcomes for first-episode psychotic patients in Northern Finland. Advocates developed the first pilot project in the country, which they called the Collaborative Pathway, to adapt these methods in the United…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments
Due out in April.
'Modern society is increasingly preoccupied with fears for the future and the idea of preventing ‘the worst’. The result is a focus on attempting to calculate the probabilities of adverse events occurring – in other words, on measuring risk. Since the 1990s, the idea of risk has come to dominate policy and practice in mental health across the USA, Australasia and Europe.
In this timely new text, a group of international experts examines the ways in which the…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 10, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments
'Nature as Medicine' is a planned new documenatry about the healing power of nature. This film will discover innovative people, projects and perspectives across health care and education, science, and art . It will show how people can recover faster and learn better with the simple and innovative introduction of a Nature connection. This cinematic documentary will enable viewers to experience a deeper film experience of Nature through powerful, inspiring images and diverse interviews,…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 8, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments
This book offers original knowledge, debate, and understanding from frontline fieldwork data and explores the relations between mental health difficulties, mental healthcare provision, and social theory.
Dominant discourse of the last half century has followed a medical perspective. This has marginalised contributions from social science. Furthermore purely medical approaches to mental healthcare have profound shortcomings. This book draws upon innovative research findings to…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 8, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments
The BBC is to host a season of films around mental health this spring across TV, radio and online.
Programming will include a BBC One documentary on stress and a two-parter on runners affected by mental health issues preparing for the London Marathon, a Horizon BBC Two special about schizophrenia and advancements in the treatment of psychoses and a documentary from mental health campaign Jack Rooke for BBC Three.
“One in four of us experience mental health problems in any given…Continue
Added by Jill Anderson on February 5, 2017 at 11:41 — No Comments