Jill Anderson's Blog – August 2015 Archive (13)


Speakezee is a new platform which brings together event organisers and academic speakers.  At its heart is the desire to help more academics engage with the public and to make it easier for organisers to find relevant experts to talk at their event, whatever the size.

Academics at all levels recognize that public engagement is an essential part of their role in professional development and demonstrating pathways to impact for research evaluation. Speakezee will generate records of…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 21, 2015 at 15:06 — No Comments

The Open Paradigm Project

The Open Paradigm Project is dedicated to fostering the voices and perspectives that accompany changing realities and new understandings of ourselves and the world. The project takes as its starting point that these voices – unusual, or mad as they may be – light the way the way to cultural paradigms. Societies, businesses, and families throughout history have learned from these voices, and ignored them at their peril.

The project produces creative, journalistic, promotional, and…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 19, 2015 at 15:56 — No Comments

The Other Side of Silence: a psychiatrist's memoir of depression

'If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.’

George Eliot, Middlemarch

Having spent her life trying to patch up the souls of others, psychiatrist Linda Gask came to realise that being an expert in depression doesn’t confer any immunity from it – she had to learn to focus on her own…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 19, 2015 at 14:02 — No Comments

Positive Action for Change in Mental Health Services

The case for demedicalising mental health services is well rehearsed. The research has been done, the conferences have been held and the intellectual argument all but won. Yet on a day-to-day basis, services continue to operate within the medicalised status quo. One of the aims of this conference, organised by PCCS books, will be to look at how we can implement realistic, practical changes in our mental health practice, education and lives, in order to continue the progression from…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 17, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

Student Minds Volunteer Festival

Student Minds' Volunteer Festival is fast approaching and will take place in Oxford from the 1st-3rd September. Any students or recent graduates with an interest in student mental health are invited to attend the festival for 3 days of master-classes from a variety of professionals, personal and career development opportunities and the chance to learn from other Student Minds groups across the UK. 

If you or colleagues are aware of student groups or individual students…

Added by Jill Anderson on August 17, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

HEFCE student mental health report: Student Minds consultation

Towards the end of July the Institute of Employment Studies (IES) and Researching Equity Access and Participation (REAP) published a report for the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) on the provision for students with mental health problems and intensive support needs.

Download the report

The report was commissioned by HEFCE in the light of the proposed…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 17, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Independent Mental Health Adovacy: the right to be heard - new book on context, values and good practice

This book takes a critical but supportive look at independent mental health advocacy within its broader historical, social and policy contexts, while anticipating future developments in the law.

Including the voices and research of service users, both as authors and compilers, this book provides a wide range of information: from essential values and the knowledge and skills advocates require, to how IMHA services can be made appropriately accessible to diverse groups. Providing…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 8, 2015 at 9:18 — No Comments

The Mental Wellness Summit: online from 10-17 August

'The Mental Wellness Summit is an educational and empowering experience that explores better ways to approach and treat mental health from a root cause perspective ‐ it’s designed with everyone in mind.

Today’s powerful treatment options, including specialized diet and improved nutrition, integrative medicine, naturopathy and functional medicine, somatic therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, yoga and meditation, to name a few, are available but…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 8, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Investigating Psychology - new open access resource

A new open access resource for Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology that has been developed at the Open University. The aim of the tool is to enable people to explore the development of psychological thinking not only across time, but also within the context of social, conceptual and historical changes. It includes: people, contexts, perspectives and methods as well as the 'narratives' feature. Attempts have been made to generate a feeling of investigation and discovery…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 4, 2015 at 9:55 — No Comments

Education and Therapy seminars - University of Manchester

EaT is a new research group that has been developed by members of staff linked to the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manchester. It aims to create discussions related to the interface between Education and Therapy, and has three main arms of research, which look at: Therapy in educational settings; Counsellor education; and Inequality, education and wellbeing. The seminars are free to attend, but please email Dr Laura Cutts on…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 4, 2015 at 9:44 — No Comments

HEA website relaunch

The Higher Education Academy has a new website.  You can search by content type, resource type discipline, theme - or from a free text box on the homepage. 

Visit the website.

Added by Jill Anderson on August 4, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

The Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice - website now live

The Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice in health and social care has been set up to support the development of values-based practice through shared learning. Based at St Catherine’s College in Oxford the Centre brings together a wide range of individuals and organisations working on different aspects of values-based practice around the world. Although originating primarily in mental health and social care a particular aim of the Collaborating Centre is to…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 3, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Understanding provision for students with mental health problems and intensive support needs

This report, written by the Institution for Employment Studies, in association with Researching Equity, Access and Participation at Lancaster University, focuses on understanding provision for students with mental health problems and intensive support needs. It sits alongside a…


Added by Jill Anderson on August 2, 2015 at 17:30 — 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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