Jill Anderson's Blog – April 2017 Archive (17)

Let's talk withdrawal - podcast series

Psychoactive prescription drugs (such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications) can be very difficult to stop taking.  This podcast series draws on real experiences of antidepressant treatment, including withdrawal and tapering, and the views of experts. A valuable resource for generating debate in teaching sessions.

Listen to the podcasts.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2017 at 21:06 — No Comments

The International Positive Education Network

The International Positive Education Network (IPEN) is an organization that brings together policy-makers, researchers, educators, parents, governments, schools, universities and institutions to support the vision of positive education. We believe in education that prepares people for a flourishing life. Part of our mission is to bring people together from around the world to share best practices, research and policy. We do this by hosting events around the world to engage people in a…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 29, 2017 at 13:59 — No Comments

Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing: spiritual interpretations of symptoms in medical practice

As human migration brings an ever more diverse range of people, cultures and beliefs into contact, Western medical systems must adapt to cater for the different approaches it encounters towards illness, the body, gender, mental health and death.

Based upon training courses taught by the author to staff at hospitals, mental health professionals, and on degree courses, this complete resource provides an essential foundation for understanding the complex and manifold approaches to…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 16:15 — No Comments

Socioeconomic factors and mental health: call for contributions

Palgrave Communications is an open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan dedicated to publishing high quality original research across all areas of the humanities and social sciences. Article proposals…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

HEA Practice Education Special Interest Group

Practice Education plays a vital role in providing experiential and work based learning to thousands of health and social care students across the UK. With such an important role in the education of future health and social care professionals the HEA are delighted to announce this inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The aims of the group is to support those educators who are responsible for the design, co-ordination and delivery of practice based education.…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:12 — No Comments

Practice Learning: Formats, Challenges and Solutions across the disciplines - online chat

Earlier this month the HEA health and social care team hosted the inaugural meeting of the Practice Education Special Interest Group. The day was focused on the use of practice learning in the development of health and social care professionals. However during the day we exposed a number of universal issues that carry weight in determining the success of education across the disciplines.

So our #HEAchat on Wednesday 26th April 2017 8pmGMT will try to highlight the…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 26, 2017 at 8:11 — No Comments

Why did I go Mad? - BBC Horizon programme

For hundreds of years, psychiatry has treated voices and hallucinations as an enemy - regarding them as 'insanity' or 'madness' and seeing them as something to be quashed and even frightened of. But today, new scientific and psychological insights into how the brain works are leading to a radical rethink on what such experiences are - and how they should be treated.

Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 25, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Democratising health: service user participation, co-production and advocacy for social justice

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Guest Editors

Dr Karen Newbigging (lead)

School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham, UK


June Sadd 

Survivor Consultant, Researcher and Trainer 


Dr Tayeb Alhafez 

Medical Officer, Synaptic…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 21, 2017 at 12:48 — No Comments

National Co-production week - 3-7 July 2017

Co-production Week will celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.

Co-production is about working in equal partnership with people using services, carers, families and citizens. Co-production offers the chance to transform social care and health provision to a model that that offers people real choice and control.…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 22:55 — No Comments

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” - Call for contributions

Re/Visioning Depression: Creative Approaches to “Feeling Bad” Edited by Robin Alex McDonald

What is depression? … An “imagined sun, bright and black at the same time?” … A “noonday demon?” … A dead fish? In literature, comics, art, and film, we witness new conceptualizations of depression come into being. Unburdened by diagnostic criteria and pharmaceutical concerns, these media employ imagery, narrative, symbolism, and metaphor to forge imaginative, exploratory, and innovative…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 13, 2017 at 16:50 — No Comments

Building a new community psychology of mental health: spaces, places, people and activities - new book

This book provides a much-needed account of informal community-based approaches to working with mental distress. It starts from the premise that contemporary mainstream psychiatry and psychology struggle to capture how distress results from complex embodied arrays of social experiences that are embedded within specific historical, cultural, political and economic settings. The authors challenge mainstream understandings of mental health that position a naive public in need of mental…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 12, 2017 at 12:13 — No Comments

Teaching critical approaches to depression and anxiety when you are depressed and anxious - by Jane EM Callaghan

New blog bost by Jane EM Callaghan: 

"In the many years I have taught mental health, I have always wrestled with a fundamental contradiction. On the one hand, I have a political commitment to an anti-diagnostic, and anti-medicalisation stance. On the other hand, I have struggled life long with anxiety, trauma responses, and depression.

This year, I came to teach my classes on anxiety and depression 9 months into my treatment with duloxetine. This has been a life saving drug for…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 8, 2017 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

Society for Research into Higher Education conference: call for papers.

Higher Education rising to the challenge: Balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders

6-8 December 2017: Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, UK

The Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) invites research contributions to this prestigious international higher education conference.

The SRHE International Research Conference attracts wide participation from researchers globally.

It provides a stimulating international forum for papers of an…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 6, 2017 at 12:14 — No Comments

Mental health practice: a risky business - call for papers

Mental Health Practice, a risky business?

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

Guest Editor: Dr Anne Felton

School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham


Risk is high on the mental health policy agenda; it is a core aspect of mental health professional practice which has gained increasing focus in recent years. The growth of the recovery philosophy in mental health care has…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 3, 2017 at 11:10 — No Comments

Crazywise: new film

Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. 

Further details, including terms for educational use.

Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 13:48 — No Comments

MHNAUK - notes of Hertfordshire meeting

Brief account of the latest Mental Health Nurse Academics UK meeting, at the University of Hertfordshire. 


Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 9:10 — No Comments

2017 Groupwork Student Essay prize

Student groupworkers are invited to submit an essay or paper on any aspect of their practice of groupwork. Any student on a first degree or masters program, or those who have graduated in 2015, may submit an essay or paper (maximum 5,000 words) for the prize.

We invite essays from students who have worked or done placements with groups in a variety of contexts: in the Statutory, State or Federal systems; Non-Governmental or Not-for-Profit Sectors; or in the independent or private…


Added by Jill Anderson on April 2, 2017 at 9:06 — 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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