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Madness, Violence and Power: a critical collection

Available for pre-order, this book will be out in May.



It disengages from the common forms of discussion about violence related to mental health service users and survivors which position…

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Added by Jill Anderson on April 1, 2019 at 12:07 — No Comments

Do you use Asylum magazine in teaching?

The editorial group at Asylum are keen to find out how the magazine is being used in teaching.  Do you use articles, creative writing or images from the magazine in your teaching?  Is it stocked in your university library?  Do you encourage students to subscribe, or to write for Asylum?  Please share your ideas....…

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Added by Jill Anderson on February 25, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Mental health news

Back on this site after a break.  As I get back up to speed, members may be interested in the news items I've posted recently on the Asylum magazine website.  See here for further details.

Added by Jill Anderson on February 20, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

Humanising health and social care - some links

Some links to project with a focus on the mental health of mental health professionals and/or humanising health and social care. 

Action for Careforce Wellbeing

https://survivingwork.org/action-for-care-worker-wellbeing/

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Destigmatising the experience of mental ill-health in mental health professionals…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 5, 2018 at 14:29 — No Comments

Keeping Control - animation

This animation was commissioned to disseminate the findings from a research project carried out at Middlesex University.Keeping control

The project set out to address an important gap in research and practice knowledge relating to ‘disability hate crime’, targeted violence and hostility against people with mental health…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:10 — No Comments

Alternatives to Coercion in Mental Health Settings - Literature Review

A Melbourne Social Equity Institute research team is examining ways of avoiding coercive practices to ensure people experiencing mental health crises are treated with dignity and respect.  Most recently, the team undertook a systematic review of global practices that aim to reduce, prevent and end coercive practices in mental health settings.

The review was…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Kindness, Emotions and Human Relationships - the blind spot in public policy: new report

There is growing recognition of the importance of kindness and relationships for societal wellbeing. But talking about kindness does not fit easily within the rational lexicon of public policy. 

Julia Unwin’s report, for the Carnegie Trust, Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy argues that there have been very good reasons…

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Added by Jill Anderson on November 3, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Journal of autoethnography for health and social care.

This journal aims to provide a forum for opening intellectual curiousity and exploration via auto ethnographic enquiry. The journal casts a critical eye over the material, social, cultural and political worlds we inhabit.

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 17, 2018 at 17:32 — No Comments

Keeping Control - animation

IF BAD THINGS HAPPEN AND THEN YOU ARE NOT HELPED OR PROTECTED THAT MAKES IT MUCH WORSE

This animation was commissioned to disseminate the findings from a research project carried out at Middlesex…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Action for Care Workers' Wellbeing

Yesterday, on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018), Action for Care-Workers Wellbeing (ACW) was launched.

Facilitated by BASW, ACW is a collaborative network of professionals from the NHS and social care who represent a wide range of key UK caring professions (Nursing, General Practice, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work and Paramedics).

The group’s aim is to raise awareness of stress and burnout within the health and social care workforce, identify solutions, and propose…

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Added by Jill Anderson on October 12, 2018 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Abstracts and reviewers wanted: International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health

The 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health takes place in York next July. It is an opportunity for social work practitioners, researchers, service users and carers to come together to discuss practice innovations, research and futures for social work in the spheres of health and…
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Added by Jill Anderson on October 5, 2018 at 10:14 — No Comments

Upcoming changes to the Mental Health and Mental Capacity Acts: video of SCIE webinar

In September 2018, SCIE hosted a webinar to discuss the forthcoming changes to the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. The webinar reflected on the important changes in how people's rights are protected. A panel of policy and practice experts in both pieces of legislation helped practitioners, academics and others reflect on these important changes.

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 27, 2018 at 15:17 — No Comments

Minds, Madness, Medicine: should we change the way we treat mental illnesses? - video of debate at the Hay festival

Deaths from heart disease have fallen by almost two thirds since the 1960s.Yet outcomes for those with mental illness, from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, have not improved for decades. Is this because we have the wrong diagnoses? Might neuroscience provide more precise descriptions and therefore more effective treatment? Or is mental health too complex for us to understand it in mere…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 23, 2018 at 7:42 — No Comments

Religion and Belief: supporting inclusion of staff and students in higher education and colleges

Advance HE has issued a comprehensive new guide: “Religion and Belief: supporting inclusion of staff and students in higher education and colleges" to higher education institutions across the UK, and colleges in Scotland.

The guidance examines a full range of engagements with students, staff and beyond the campus in areas such as access, recruitment and civic responsibilities, providing detailed recommendations which institutions may wish to consider when…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 22, 2018 at 8:30 — 2 Comments

Asylum 25.3 is out now

This special Welfare Rights feature was inspired by discussions with people attempting to navigate the welfare system and has been developed by co-editor Ria Dylan and Danny Taggart.

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Asylum 25.3 presents a series of articles that reflect the despair, illness and worse that people have…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:10 — No Comments

SMaRteN network - project coordinator post

This role will support the development and coordination of a national student mental health research network, including a Student-led Research Team, ensuring strong stakeholder engagement across the network activities.…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:06 — No Comments

SMaRteN network

SMaRteN is a national research network funded by UK Research and Innovation, led by King's College London, focusing on Student Mental Health in Higher Education. Working with researchers with a range of expertise and key stakeholders across the Higher Education sector, its aim is to improve the understanding of student mental health.

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:04 — No Comments

Mad in the UK - launch

MITUK’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for fundamentally re-thinking theory and practice in the field of mental health in the UK, and promoting positive change.

We believe that the current diagnostically-based paradigm of care has comprehensively failed, and that the future lies in non-medical alternatives which explicitly acknowledge the causal…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 11, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Exploring Experience: Bringing Authentic Voices to Mental Health Teaching

Exploring Experience has been developed, by the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, to create an accessible and manageable resource to support teaching and study in the field of mental health and distress. Six contributors with experiences of significant distress ("Experts by Experience", or EBE) were recruited through an open strategy, and were paid to prepare the materials on this site. Its creators have…

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Added by Jill Anderson on September 10, 2018 at 21:00 — 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…

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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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