Jill Anderson's Blog – April 2013 Archive (19)


Radio 4 series exploring the development of the science of psychology during the 20th century.  A whole range of episodes available online.  See here.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 30, 2013 at 17:47 — No Comments

Strictly Bipolar: New book

If the post-war period was called the 'Age of Anxiety' and the 1980s and '90s the 'Antidepressant Era', we now live in Bipolar times. Mood-stabilising medication is routinely prescribed to adults and children alike, with child prescriptions this decade increasing by 400% and overall diagnoses by 4000%. What could explain this explosion of bipolarity? Is it a legitimate diagnosis or the result of Big Pharma marketing? Exploring these questions, Darian Leader challenges the rise of 'bipolar'…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 30, 2013 at 13:19 — 4 Comments

First-person accounts of psychosis: challenges for mental health professionals

Professorial Lecture - Professor Gail A Hornstein First-person accounts of psychosis: challenges for mental health professionals

Friday 31 May 2013 5 for 5.30pm Room 9130, Cantor Building, Sheffield Hallam University City Campus

Lecture supported by Sheffield Hallam University's Department of Nursing and Sheffield Arts and Wellbeing Network

A vast gulf exists between the way medicine explains psychiatric illness and the experiences of those who suffer. Professor…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2013 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Paths to personalisation in mental health: a whole system, whole life framework

Produced by the National Development Team for Inclusion, this guide aims to help all those involved understand how things will need to be done differently to make personalisation a reality for people with mental health needs. This is a whole system guide, so hopefully it will give some information, guidance and signposts for people, whoever and wherever they are. The guide provides information about what personalisation means for mental health services and supports, offers examples of what…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2013 at 16:07 — 1 Comment

Mad Matters: A critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies

Edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois, Robert Menzies and Geoffrey Reaume 

In 1981, Toronto activist Mel Starkman wrote: "An important new movement is sweeping through the western world.... The 'mad,' the oppressed, the ex-inmates of society's asylums are coming together and speaking for themselves."

Mad Matters brings together the writings of this vital movement, which has grown explosively in the years since. With contributions from scholars in numerous disciplines, as well as…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2013 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Written by Voice: a history of resistance

This is a history of resistance to processes of medicalization of mental illness.  Hearing voices is still considered as a psychiatric illnes: Gruppo Voci tries to overcome through dialogue and listening, trying to give the experience of hearing voices a meaning. Their stories have become a book.

View here.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 21, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Self management of longer term depression: a guide for carers and professionals.

Training packs for carers and professionals living or working with people with long term depression are now available for download. These have been produced and piloted in collaboration with Sheffield User Survivor Trainers and are based on  research findings: 'IQuESTS: Understanding self-management: learning from the patient.'



Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:53 — No Comments

Social Perspectives Network - Spring 2013 newsletter

See here for the latest edition of this informative newsletter.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:46 — No Comments

Mental health service users in research: critical sociological perspectives.

This book aims to show the value but also the difficulties encountered in the application of 'insider knowledge' in service user research.Mental health service users in research considers ways of 'doing research' which bring multiple understandings together effectively, and explains the sociological use of autobiography and its relevance. It examines how our identity shapes the knowledge we produce, and asks why voices which challenge contemporary beliefs about health and the role of…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Bursaries for medical students and foundation doctors - mental health

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is keen to attract high calibre doctors to the specialty of psychiatry and to foster good attitudes towards psychiatry and the College as a whole.

The Psychiatry Trainees' Committee (PTC)  is pleased to offer bursaries for medical students and foundation doctors looking for financial support with their electives in psychiatry or to undertake research in the UK or overseas.…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:27 — No Comments

Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality

A major report demonstrating how parity between mental and physical health can be achieved has been published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.   The report, Whole-Person Care: From Rhetoric to Reality, defines parity as valuing mental health equally with physical health. It highlights the significant inequalities that exist between physical and mental health care, including…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:25 — No Comments

HEA launches student partnership awards

To recognise and celebrate partnerships with students, the HEA is launching two awards which will be presented at its annual conference, taking place on 3 - 4 July 2013 at the University of Warwick. The awards are built around the conference theme of Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience.

The first award is the HEA student and staff partnership award. This invites joint submissions from staff and students who have worked together to effect change and enhance the…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:23 — No Comments

Changing the Learning Landscape - Professional Development Programme

The Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL) Professional Development Programme offers exciting opportunities for academic staff and for those working in development and support roles to explore how learning technologies can enhance their work in practical and creative ways.

Further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 15, 2013 at 9:21 — No Comments

A practical guide to social media in mental health practice

This new 30-page guide is pitched at the novice and includes an introduction to social media and some very clear explanations about the different websites and techniques that you need to get up and running.

There are a number of case studies that illustrate the power and reach of Twitter, Facebook, online communities, mobile apps and blogs.

Read the guide.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2013 at 13:29 — 1 Comment

Employing consumer-providers in mental health services: new Cochrane review.

It is commonplace in the UK and elsewhere for mental health service users to start working alongside mental health professionals in what is known as a ‘consumer-provider’ role.  This can include a number of different skills and responsibilities such as peer support, advocacy, outreach and crisis support.

A new systematic review from the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group has just been published that assesses the “effects of employing current or past adult consumers of mental…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 11, 2013 at 13:26 — 1 Comment

McPin Foundation

The McPin Foundation exists to transform mental health research by putting the lived experience of people affected by mental health problems at the heart of research methods and the research agenda. 

It works in three main ways:

  • Through conducting user focused mental health research. 
  • Through building the capacity of others to conduct user focused mental health research.  
  • Through seeking to influence methods, practice and decision…

Added by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2013 at 18:49 — No Comments

Help define mental health social research priorities

Centre for Mental Health Social Research

The Centre for Mental Health Social Research is a collaborative centre bringing together researchers at the University of York undertaking social science research into mental health and well-being. Based in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, the Centre's research focuses on social perspectives in mental health through the life course from childhood to old age. The Centre meets a need for research into the social, economic and…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2013 at 18:42 — No Comments

We need a new language for mental health - discussion hosted by the Reader

The Reader Organisation is calling for a new language to talk about mental health, with senior health professionals, readers and writers discussing the idea in the opening session of the charity’s annual conference, ‘Shared Reading for Healthy Communities’ at the British Library on 16th May 2013.

Unlike the growing number of ‘Books on Prescription’ and ‘Bibliotherapy’ schemes, The Reader Organisation, which is commissioned by health services across the UK, has chosen not to limit the…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 10, 2013 at 10:33 — 1 Comment

Souzou - Outside art from Japan

Exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and day attendees at social welfare institutions across Japan. The wonderfully diverse collection comprises ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings.

'Souzou' has no direct translation in English but a dual meaning in Japanese: written one way, it means creation, and in another it means imagination. Both meanings allude to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 6, 2013 at 21:44 — 2 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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