Jill Anderson's Blog – March 2016 Archive (18)

Psychocompulsion and Workfare

A number of organisations have come together under the banner of Mental Wealth Foundation to challenge the coercive strategies the current regime has used since it came to power as part of the coalition in 2010

To gain a better understanding of these issues The Mental Health Resistance Network recently produced this film entitled Psychocompulsion and Workfare.

View the film

See also 'Bin…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 22, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Mental health and sport in higher education.

Since 2014, British Universities and Collegest Sport (BUCS) has been working with Student Minds to develop a package of support which can be offered to universities across the country, using sport as a tool to support mental wellbeing. A training programme has been piloted and is now being expanded. It  is currently being delivered to equip HE sport staff to deliver and cascade a mental health training module to their own university clubs and sports teams.…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Queer Youth, Suicide and Self-Harm: Troubled Subjects, Troubling Norms

This book prioritises the perspectives of queer young people, including those who have experience of self-harming or feeling suicidal. Presenting analysis based on research carried out with young people both online and face-to-face, the authors offer a critical perspective on the role of norms in the production of self-harming and suicidal youth.


Added by Jill Anderson on March 18, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

The Arts and Dementia (TANDEM) Doctoral Training Centre: Two funded PhD studentships

The Alzheimer’s Society has funded eight Doctoral Training Centres to help to increase knowledge and build capacity in dementia research. TANDEM is the Doctoral Training Centre that has been funded to explore The Arts anDementia. It is a partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 17, 2016 at 17:22 — No Comments

Improving public discussion about inequality: a briefing paper by Psychologists against Austerity

Public attitudes towards inequality are complex. People generally believe that some occupations should be paid more than others. But they also believe that the gap between the highest and lowest paid is too great. Many members of the public appear to feel that inequality is inevitable and that there is little chance of reducing it. Media portrayals of poverty reinforce stereotypes of people living in poverty as ‘scroungers’. They maintain myths, such as “Poverty only exists because people…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 16, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

mhhe features on Somatosphere

Somatosphere is collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology and bioethics.  mhhe recently featured on it. 

Read the article here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 15, 2016 at 16:32 — No Comments

Funding for service user and carer involvement on AMHP programmes.

I have recently received this query from an AMHP programme lead. Does anyone have any thoughts to share?

"How are other AMHP programmes managing to financially support user and carer involvement?  We are not able to access the money to support user involvement that comes from the DoH as part of qualifying social work training as AMHP is post qualifying  - and of course this is likely to end anyway.  There is also less money available within the university. 

This is having an…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 15, 2016 at 16:06 — No Comments

The meanings of recovery: A dialogue across the sociologies of mental health, physical illness, injury and addiction

The University of Surrey will be hosting a two-day Symposium (11th/12th July 2016) on ‘The meanings of recovery: A dialogue across the sociologies of mental health, physical illness, injury and addiction’.  Confirmed speakers/workshop conveners include Diana Rose, Sarah Nettleton, Hilary Thomas, Sarah Earthy, Ewen Speed, Graham Scambler, Iain Wilkinson, Emma Wincup, Jim Roe, Paul Stoneman.  Dr Lynne Friedli will also give a public lecture on the evening of the 11th.…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 14, 2016 at 17:06 — No Comments

Learning and teaching about depression

This is an evolving collection of links, on bundlr, aiming to support learning and teaching about depression.

See here.

Please contribute other helpful resources. 

You may also like to view our collections of links on: 

Wellbeing and academia…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 10, 2016 at 11:46 — 1 Comment

The man who closed the Asylums - by John Foot

In 1961, when Franco Basaglia arrived outside the grim walls of the Gorizia asylum, on the Italian border with Yugoslavia, it was a place of horror, a Bedlam for the mentally sick and excluded, redolent of Basaglia’s own wartime experience inside a fascist gaol. Patients were frequently restrained for long periods, and therapy was largely a matter of electric and insulin shocks. The corridors stank, and for many of the interned the doors were locked for life. This was a concentration…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 9, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Spring 2016 issue of Asylum Magazine.

Asylum magazine is a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatry or mental health. The magazine is not-for-profit and run by a collective of unpaid volunteers.  This issue is the first of the year in which Asylum celebrates being 30.

The summer issue is planned as a collection of perceptions from people active in the field. If you would like to contribute material,…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 9, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Photography and mental health

Links to photographic resources that may be of use in learning and teaching about mental health. 


Added by Jill Anderson on March 8, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Journal of Public Mental health

Journal of Public Mental Health (JPMH) focuses on the research, policy and practice that put mental well-being at the heart of the public health agenda.  JPMH provides a double blind peer-reviewed forum for dissemination and debate on all aspects of public mental health.

This international interdisciplinary journal welcomes contributions from all sectors involved in public mental health and covers:

  • Policy analysis from a public mental health…

Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

How can we incorporate more Mental Health Promotion into professional programmes?

Woody Caan has posed the question:

'How can we incorporate more Mental Health Promotion into professional programmes?'

England has particular problems of inequality.  For example, at least 10% of its children grow up with economic and social disadvantages (that is over 1 million young people), with devastating impacts on their mental health and wellbeing.  Farmer’s…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

The up-goer five text editor

Can you describe a complex topic using only the thousand most common English words?  It's harder than it looks.

This resource may be helpful  - for both educators and students - in finding straightforward ways to communicate ideas, both verbally and in writing.

Give it a try here.

Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

mhhehub March Challenge

Here is the challenge: Do one or more of the following. . . 

briefly answer the question: 'what brings you here?'  Say something about why you are a member of the hub, for example, or a particular query you would like an answer to. . . 

share a blog post.  You might, for example, say something about the teaching you are involved with, or a resource you have found helpful. . . 

add an event that you…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 7, 2016 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

JSWEC 2016 - Call for Papers

In 2016 the Joint Social Work Education Conference celebrates that which unifies us: Global and UK perspectives on generic social work education, research and practice.

We invite papers on the theme of “Celebrating that which unifies us”.

Proposals for paper presentations, symposia, workshops/interactive sessions, or posters/exhibits are welcome. Proposal ideas that extend beyond…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 5, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

ManMade: the conference

As part of Mens’ Health Week 2016,…


Added by Jill Anderson on March 2, 2016 at 12:00 — 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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