Jill Anderson's Blog – March 2014 Archive (21)

Creative Responses to Difficult Times: new issue of Asylum out now

"Creative Responses to Difficult Times"

Fantastic new special issue of Asylum Magazine out now!



"In our work around psychological life and its difficulties, we also

want to prioritise the ordinary resources and creativity that people

bring to the task of making meaning of their experience...."



Preview at:

http://www.asylumonline.net/portfolio/21-1-spring-2014/



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Added by Jill Anderson on March 28, 2014 at 16:39 — No Comments

What is happening at the Seclusion Review that makes a difference? – a consumer led research study

This is a unique and important initiative. It is an Australian consumer led research program that has engaged with people who have experienced seclusion, have been involved in review of practice, and have shaped and developed the policy for this component of the ACT mental health service.



The report describes the research processes, and the engagement with the challenges of seclusion, it is a ‘beacon’ for those who experience a mental illness, those who provide their care and for…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 27, 2014 at 9:52 — No Comments

Physician, know thyself: digital stories on the theme of compassion and humanity

In2014, to address the GMC's avowed aim that “Tomorrow's doctors will] continually and systematically reflect on practice…" (GMC 2009), Pilgrim Projects/Patient Voices created and ran module at Kings College London, based on their earlier work at the University of Leicester Medical School (www.patientvoices.org.uk/lssc.htm) to provide a group of third-year medical students with the opportunity, environment, support and skills with which…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 27, 2014 at 9:36 — No Comments

MindEd website launches today: elearning to support healthy young minds

"With three-quarters of adult mental disorders in evidence by the age of 21, effective early intervention can be essential in preventing the development of ill health and disability'

Working with children and young people can be complicated. When problems arise, adults need to have information that they trust at hand. This gives them confidence to swiftly make the right decision for those in their care. The evidence shows that when mental health problems are…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2014 at 18:27 — No Comments

MSc Mental Health and Education

The MSc Mental Health and Education programme at the University of the WEst of Scotland is an innovative new subject discipline providing an interdisciplinary programme based on expertise from across the School of Education and the School of Health. A prime focus of the programme is on the nature of mental health in learning, teaching and training environments and how this might impact on learners, leaders of learning and other disciplinary groups such as psychologists, health professionals…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 26, 2014 at 17:49 — No Comments

Furiously Mad: 300 Years of legal insanity - People's History Museum, Manchester

People's History Museum, Manchester: 2 April to 6 July 2014

This fascinating exhibition reveals the legislative history relating to the treatment of people described as ‘Furiously Mad’ in a legal document in 1714 – through to the more recent treatment of the ‘mentally ill’. 

Pool Arts have been working on this Heritage Lottery funded exhibition, researching both mental health law and policy, whilst also developing their own…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2014 at 18:55 — No Comments

Address the specific needs of students in mental health commissioning: petition

Last month Student Minds launched a petition calling on the Department of Health to address the specific needs of students in the commissioning of mental health services, and to support the development of best practice guidelines on this issue for all Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Read more about it and sign the petition here:
http://www.studentminds.org.uk/transitions-campaign.html

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2014 at 14:34 — No Comments

Address the specific needs of students in mental health commissioning: petition

Last month Student Minds launched a petition calling on the Department of Health to address the specific needs of students in the commissioning of mental health services, and to support the development of best practice guidelines on this issue for all Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Read more about it and sign the petition here:
http://www.studentminds.org.uk/transitions-campaign.html

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2014 at 14:34 — No Comments

Mental health crisis care review : call for evidence

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CARE REVIEW – CALL FOR EVIDENCE FROM CARE QUALITY COMMISSION



We are asking people who experienced a mental health crisis within the last two years and tried to get help from their local services to tell us about the help, care and support they received. We are also encouraging carers to share their experiences, and local groups or organisations that work with people who have experienced a crisis and / or that have an interest in the quality of crisis care in… Continue

Added by Jill Anderson on March 25, 2014 at 14:27 — No Comments

Council for Evidence Based Psychiatry

CEP exists 'to communicate the evidence of the damaging effects of psychiatric drugs and treatments in the UK to the people and institutions that can make a difference. This evidence shows that psychiatric drugs, portrayed as useful and effective by many areas of the medical profession, can cause considerable harm to many patients, particularly when taken long term'. Its members include psychiatrists, academics, withdrawal support charities and others who are deeply…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 24, 2014 at 13:14 — No Comments

HEA call for nominations for this year’s Partnership Awards

To recognise and celebrate successful partnership working between staff and students, the HEA is calling for applications for two partnership awards, one of which is jointly awarded with the National Union of Students (NUS).

The first award, the HEA Student and Staff Partnership Award, invites joint submissions from staff and students who have worked together to effect change and enhance the student experience locally. This could be through a formal research or enhancement project, or…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 19, 2014 at 20:19 — No Comments

Embedding Mental Wellbeing in the Curriculum: Call for Examples of Current Practice

This project aims to gain insights in to approaches to learning, teaching and assessment that promote and support the wellbeing of both staff and students, across all disciplines in higher education.  Our primary focus is on the curriculum (and the role of those involved in its planning and delivery), rather than on student support services.

 

We are interested in approaches to curriculum planning, delivery and assessment which seek to:

·      minimise…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2014 at 9:38 — No Comments

Key Facts and Trends in Mental Health

2014 Update produced by the NHS Confederation. 

Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 15, 2014 at 18:41 — No Comments

mhhehub update: February/March 2014

Read the Update here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 14:12 — No Comments

Grand Challenges in Student Mental Health: report

Student Minds have identified Ten Grand Challenges in Student Mental Health: 

1 Fear of being judged.

2 Stress.

3 Finding the confidence to tell people you have a mental health problem or are

struggling.

4 Mental Health Problems are seen as a weakness.

5 Loneliness.

6 Finding the confidence to ask for help.

7 Slow and difficult process of referring students to specialist services.

8 Poor general understanding about mental health problems.

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 13:25 — No Comments

Keeping me safe and well assessment manual: a human rights based approach

Service user perspectives are often excluded from traditional approaches to risk assessment, which focus on professional views of risks and challenging behaviour. This manual takes a different approach; that of a human rights perspective. A human rights based approach (HRBA) to risk assessment balances the human rights of service users, their carers, and members of their communities. This is so we can, in effect, manage risk more positively. A HRBA looks at risk through a

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2014 at 12:39 — No Comments

British Journal of Social Work: Special Issue on Recovery

The Editors of the British Journal of Social Work invite submission of abstracts for this Special Issue to be guest edited by Dr Martin Webber (University of York) and Associate Professor Lynette Joubert (University of Melbourne): 



Social Work and Recovery 



People with mental health or substance misuse problems; women experiencing domestic violence; or families overcoming difficulties, for example, seek…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 12, 2014 at 23:03 — No Comments

Alternative Routes to Mental Health Recovery

This report of Tamasin Knight's Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship is now available online.  The aim of the Fellowship was to visit a range of alternatives to conventional mental health services in the USA – focusing on those which are run and controlled by people with personal experiences of mental health problems. 

Download here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 9, 2014 at 19:23 — No Comments

Social Care for Marginalised Communities: balancing self organisation, micro-provision and mainstream support

Adult social care works with some of the most disadvantaged people in society and social work has a tradition of inclusion, empowerment and anti-oppressive practice (Dominelli 2010). However, the reality is that a number of seldom heard groups experience aspects of mainstream, traditional social care provision as inaccessible or disempowering. Within the social care policy context of personalisation, adult social care and support needs to be more responsive to the increasing degrees of…

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 4, 2014 at 11:55 — No Comments

Driving Change: Experiences of non-governmental organizations in the provision of mental health services across the world

This report has been developed to give people with mental health problems and NGOs working in mental health a voice at the highest level. It reflects the experiences of NGOs from small, middle, and high income countries. It concludes that people with lived experiences of mental health problems, their families and wider civil society, alongside the NGOs, have a central role to play in transforming mental health services across the globe. …

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Added by Jill Anderson on March 4, 2014 at 11:28 — 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…

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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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