Jill Anderson's Blog – June 2017 Archive (15)

Critical inquiries for social justice in mental health - new book

An exceptional showcase of interdisciplinary research, Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health presents various critical theories, methodologies, and methods for transforming mental health research and fostering socially-just mental health practices.

Marina Morrow and Lorraine Halinka Malcoe have assembled an array of international scholars, activists, and practitioners whose work exposes and disrupts the dominant neoliberal and individualist practices found in…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 20:49 — No Comments

Mental wellbeing in higher education - an annotated bibliography

Compiled by Annie Grant and Ruth Liss and hosted on the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education website: 

View it here.

Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 15:33 — No Comments

Mental health discussion and campaigning groups - UK based

This is a list of UK based mental health discussion and campaigning groups.  Please comment below if you have links to add. [pdf version]

Asylum Magazine

A forum for free and open debate about controversial issues in mental health and…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 29, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Asylum magazine - 30th anniversary party!

Come along to Gullivers (109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW) on Wednesday 28 June at 7pm for a banquet of food,…
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Added by Jill Anderson on June 27, 2017 at 8:54 — No Comments

National Co-production week 2017: 3-7 July

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.

For Co-production Week 2017 SCIE wants…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 20, 2017 at 8:16 — No Comments

MSC in Mental Health and Education

Delivered online, this programme is the only professional learning award of its kind in the UK. It focuses on the nature of mental health in learning, teaching and training/mentoring environments. The programme will also explore how this might impact on learners, leaders of learning, mentors and other disciplinary groups such as psychologists, health professionals, managers and social workers.

The MSc Mental Health and Education programme is an innovative new subject discipline…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 17, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Latest issue of Asylum is now online

The latest issue of Asylum magazine is now online.  It features an article by Paula Peters and China Mills - 'Dead people don't claim' - on UK welfare reform suicides.   Other items include an article by Jonathan Beazer on 'Mad Pride and Depression' and a conversation with Mary O'Hagan on 'Madness in New Zealand'.  View full contents list and sample article here.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 13, 2017 at 12:30 — No Comments

Critical Psychiatry: a biography - Ian Cummins

Critical Psychiatry outlines the history of a group of thinkers that has come to be known as the anti-psychiatry movement. Though it has been called a movement, the individual thinkers’ and authors’ ideas were often in conflict but what they share is a critical perspective on psychiatry as a discipline and institutionalised modes of care. 

The current crisis in mental health services means that it is time to examine once again the key themes of critical…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 13, 2017 at 8:43 — No Comments

Bursaries for ISPS conference

If you go to just one conference in 2017,

this is the one not to miss



ISPS Liverpool 2017

The International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis

Making REAL Change Happen…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 11, 2017 at 9:18 — No Comments

Comics and Graphic Novels - Research Outreach and Pedagogy Network.

It is time to ReOPeN comics and graphic novels! This network is based at Lancaster University. It has four core members and aims to bring together people working in diverse disciplines who share an interest in comics, graphic novels and illustrated books.

Find out more

Added by Jill Anderson on June 8, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

What is the ‘Ragged University’ and how might you, and/or students, get involved?

Ragged University began with four people thinking about how ideas behind the Ragged Schools initiative might be applied in a Higher Education context.  It takes learning outside the walls of formal higher education institutions. The project has at its core a belief in the value of creating opportunities for people, who love what they do, to share what moves them.  It is founded on the idea that universal education, free of charge, is a basic…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 8, 2017 at 15:00 — No Comments

Bob Dylan needs Asylum!

Bid for Bob Dylan, the Asylum dog, as part of the Asylum magazine crowdfunding campaign. 

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2017 at 16:42 — No Comments

Civil Society Organisations in Turbulent Times - a gilded web: new book

Fundamental changes to British social policy have seen civil society organizations assume a significant role in welfare provision, but chasing money and status have come at a high price. What has happened to integrity and morality, when many voluntary service organizations have become trapped in a gilded web of neo-liberal arrangements and a rapidly privatizing services industry? Why are they reinforcing the social, economic and political systems they were originally established to…

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Added by Jill Anderson on June 6, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Learning and Teaching Environment

Expertise from the two previously separate disciplines of education and mental health is combined in this book to examine the complex problems associated with today's high-stress, high-emotion learning and teaching environments - affecting learners and leaders of learning. Students of all ages have increasingly diverse capabilities and diagnosable mental health disorders; over-worked teachers face a constant stream of classroom, curriculum and organisational challenges; the…

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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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