Jill Anderson's Blog – July 2015 Archive (18)

A recently retired mental health nurse writes about her own depression

Deacon, M. (2015) Personal experience: being depressed is worse than having advanced cancer, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22, 457-459

This short paper addresses the experiences of a recently retired mental health nurse who has suffered from several episodes of depression during her long career and is now experiencing a life-limiting illness. Rather than feeling safe within the embrace of the health profession family, the author feared negative…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

Crossing boundaries: MH social work leading change in the NHS?

Martin Weber's keynote presentation from the JSWEC conference on social work education, earlier this month.

View the PREZI HERE.

Added by Jill Anderson on July 30, 2015 at 20:31 — No Comments

Social Work Education: special issue on service user and carer involvement

An upcoming special edition of  Social Work Education: The International Journal will focus on the topic of service user and carer involvement in social work education.

In subtitling the themed edition with the question ‘Where are we now?,’ the editors are looking to present a critical overview of the contribution that carers and service users make to important aspects of social work knowledge in their engagement with social work students. Papers…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 18:34 — No Comments

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Browse the profiles of all 733 members of the hub: 


Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 12:42 — No Comments

Mental Health, Ethics and Law: New Programme

This new cross-faculty Masters programme at Kings College London is delivered by two internationally recognised centres of excellence. It provides an integrated, strongly interdisciplinary, education in mental health, ethics and law. It will equip students to become leaders in healthcare, mental health law or policy. 


• In-depth and integrated clinical, philosophical and legal analysis of key issues presented in the…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 28, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Splitting in two: Mad pride and punk rock oblivion

In this book Robert Dellar traces his life journey from his childhood in a working class area of Watford, through Sussex University and the London squatting community, to the murky waters of mental health, as he describes it. Of special importance is the pioneering work Robert did in Hackney Hospital. Here he set up a Patients' Council and Advocacy Department At the time of the hospital's closure in the mid 90s, Robert organised some lively gigs described here in colourful detail. His…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2015 at 15:57 — No Comments

Standing up to madness: an autobiography

Nelsy uses her individual history as a research tool, as a means of dialogue and as therapy:

"My name is Nelsy, I was born in Colombia and I have lived in England over twenty years. I fell "ill" in England and in the midst of my madness I took advantage of my circumstances living among "mad" people, to make sense of my madness and of psychiatric treatment.I have explored my madness over ten years…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Challenging stress, burnout and rust-out: new book

This book, by Teena Clouston, provides professionals with techniques for developing a more balanced lifestyle. Teena discusses the meaning of whole life balance and explains how it can be achieved in reality with some simple, straightforward strategies.

Find out more

Added by Jill Anderson on July 24, 2015 at 9:32 — No Comments

Improving acute inpatient psychiatric care for adults in England: Interim report

This interim report is based on the Commission’s initial observations about acute inpatient psychiatric services for adults in England and its discussions with patients, carers, advocates, health and social care professionals and policy makers. Five main themes have emerged:

1 The so-called bed or admission crisis is very significantly a problem of discharges and alternatives to admission and can only be addressed through changes in services and the management of the whole…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 11:31 — No Comments

Disabled people, work and welfare: is employment really the answer?

This is the first book to challenge the concept of paid work for disabled people as a means to ‘independence’ and ‘self determination’. Recent attempts in many countries to increase the employment rates of disabled people have actually led to an erosion of financial support for many workless disabled people and their increasing stigmatisation as ‘scroungers’. Led by the disability movement’s concern with the employment choices faced by disabled people, this controversial book uses…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 16, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Tales from the Madhouse - new book

Publisher's description: 'Current psychiatric practices are based on pseudo-scientific assumptions that are barely more valid than those of witchcraft and demonic possession that dominated society’s approach to madness in bygone centuries. Gary Sidley's 33 years of experience working as a mental health professional – psychiatric nurse, clinical psychologist and manager - has enabled the creation of a distinctive insider account of the shameful failings of the Western psychiatric…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

Asylum Magazine - Summer 2015 issue

Do you use Asylum magazine in your teaching?  Published six times a year, Asylum provides a wealth of thought provoking material to develop critical and reflective thinking about mental health.

Asylum, Summer 2015, Volume 22, Number 2

This issue of Asylum opens with reflections on the life and contribution of Leonard Roy Frank, described by Will Hall as a 'brilliant soul' who spoke out against psychiatric oppression and inspired human rights activists around…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 15, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Social Work Blues: new book

Social Work Blues: the experiences of a mental health survivor as a professional social worker, by Philip Hill.

Publisher's information.  'This is an account of how Philip Hill, a mental health survivor diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, entered the social work profession on the 4th of October 2004. This book tells about how he managed his impairment to become an effectual practitioner. It documents the ups and downs of his time in the profession and his continuing role as a…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Survivor Performance Arts and exhibition

As part of the University of Birmingham's Community Day on Sunday 7th September 2014, the Social Work Department, Institute of Applied Social Studies, are hosting a 'Survivor Performance Arts and Exhibition'  in Muirhead Tower from 11 am until 4 pm.

The exhibition

Survivor Performance Arts and Exhibition 2014
You are invited to view the Survivor Arts Exhibition anytime between 11 am and 4 pm…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Job vacancy: lecturer in mental health, Lancaster University

Lecturer in Mental Health

Health Research

Salary:   £33,242 to £45,954 

Closing Date:   Monday 10 August 2015

Interview Date:   To be confirmed 

Reference:  A1312

Lancaster University has a world-class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching and research. It is in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world and highly ranked…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Short Stories about Madness

Short Stories About... project

Short Stories About... is a new series of collected writing and visual arts on a unifying theme.

Our debut collection, Short Stories About Mothers, featured a mother on the birth of her (extremely) premature twins, a woman who had decided motherhood wasn't for her, a mum 'lost' to dementia and a nun talking about acting as midwife for a community (and her Mother Superior). 

One of the aims of Short Stories About... is to present…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Mad Positive in the Academy - three short films

In May 2012, the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson hosted an event entitled: Mad Positive in the Academy. This event brought engaged academics and community activists from four projects into dialogue about mad positive practices located at the intersection of mental health, formal education and social movements.

From 19 filmed interviews and roughly 7 hours of footage, three short videos, or ‘web docs’, have been created.  They discuss: what it means to be mad positive in the…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 14, 2015 at 9:46 — No Comments

Financial Melancholia: mental health and indebtedness - new report

The rise of mental health problems such as depression cannot be understood in narrowly medical terms, but instead needs to be understood in its political-economic context. An economy driven by debt (and prone to problem debt at the level of households) will have a predisposition towards rising rates of depression. Quantitative evidence demonstrates the influence of inequality on rising levels of household debt and depression, and indicates a causal links between debt and mental health…


Added by Jill Anderson on July 13, 2015 at 13:37 — 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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