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Benefits of social media for nurses and service users

Authors:
BETTON V., TOMLINSON V.
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 109(24), 2013, pp.20-21.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

People with mental health problems are increasingly using social media channels as part of their recovery and to improve their lives. This article discusses social media and how it can be used to complement healthcare. It provides useful tips on using social media, including using blogs and Twitter and provides advice about staying safe online. A short case study illustrates how service-users consultant with borderline personality disorder uses Twitter to provide support and help develop an online community is included. (Original abstract)

Journal article

Some things you should know about user/survivor action

Author:
CAMPBELL Peter
Journal article citation:
Openmind, 141, September/October 2006, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
MIND

This article looks at the service user/survivor movement, what activists have been fighting for and what the movement has achieved.

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Mental health bulletin: annual report from MHMDS returns England 2011-12: initial national figures

Author:
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. Information Centre for Health and Social Care
Publisher:
National Health Service. Information Centre for Health and Social Care
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
48
Place of publication:
Leeds

The statistics and analysis set out in this annual report from the Mental Health Minimum Dataset relate to data on NHS funded specialist mental health services for adults for the financial year 2011/12. The report presents national analysis (a second publication, due for publication in spring 2013, will include organisation level analysis). It covers people using services (including hospital and community care, age and gender, legal status of people who spent time in hospital, complexity of care, and analysis by ethnic group) and service activity (including contact with health care professionals and day care attendances, and inpatient activity). A special feature in the report uses a linked data set to compare mortality rates of those in contact with mental health services with the general population and provides information about cause of death. The report includes information about the new version of the Mental Health Minimum Dataset and changes to data sources and processing.

Journal article

'Drone strikes

Author:
DALY Max
Journal article citation:
Druglink, 27(6), November 2012, pp.8-11.
Publisher:
Drugscope
Place of publication:
London

In this article, the author reports on the results of the Druglink Street Drug Trends 2012 survey. The survey, undertaken between September and November 2012, was based on information from police forces, drug action teams, frontline treatment services and user groups in 20 towns and cities, and from interviews and questionnaires involving drug experts, national drug services and drug workers across the UK. The article focuses in particular on the survey findings concerning use of mephedrone. It reports that despite a ban in 2010 mephedrone is becoming a significant problematic drug, and that more people are requesting help with physical and psychological problems associated with their mephedrone use. It notes mephedrone's relatively low cost, easy availability and reliable potency, and that it is being taken by a more diverse population. It discusses trends in use of the drug and possible reasons for this, and includes a brief user case example and a Barnsley case study report for Addaction on mephedrone injecting. It also reports on other major trends revealed in the 2012 survey.

Journal article

Rethinking ‘evidence’: towards survivor-led understandings

Author:
BERESFORD Peter
Journal article citation:
Open Mind, 171, March 2012, pp.6-7.
Publisher:
MIND

Evidence-based policy and practice involves a whole set of assumptions and hierarchies in research. As a result, ‘evidence’ tends to be dominated by academic researchers (often influenced by the physical sciences and medical approaches) and neglects the views and experiences of people who use and work in health and social services. This article argues that policy and practice in mental health needs to shift focus from the value base of ‘evidence-based’ to that of ‘knowledge-based’.  Improvements can be made through meaningful engagement with a diverse cross-section of service users in order to properly address their needs and tailor appropriate services.  Survivor and service user researchers are building up an increasing volume of credible knowledge which is beginning to have an impact on policy and practice. This is based on new research values of acknowledging subjectivity, engagement and the validity and contribution of experiential knowledge.

Journal article

Researching mental health

Author:
CARR Sarah
Journal article citation:
Open Mind, 171, March 2012, pp.4-5.
Publisher:
MIND

Clinical research, working to a biomedical research agenda and model, is currently dominant in mental health research both in terms of funding and influence. This article argues that there needs to be a reconsideration of what is valuable and useful in mental health research. A great deal of evidence has been generated about mental health by research which looks at the social and psychological dimensions of mental health and distress, from many perspectives, including that of people who experience mental distress.  However, the scientific experimental way of doing research rarely fits with investigations into the social and psychological influences on mental health and mental distress.  People who have lived through mental distress and the mental health system have crucial insights into what works for them. This article calls for their voices to be brought into the conversation about mental health research in order to obtain a more holistic understanding of mental health.

Journal article

Not as safe as houses

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, June 2011, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Looks at how cuts to the Supporting People grant are impacting on service users in supported accommodation and leaving them facing an uncertain future.

Journal article

Getting the right result

Author:
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Journal article citation:
Learning Disability Today, June 2011, pp.34-35.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

CMG and Pure Innovations is a national non-for-profit employment scheme that helps people with learning disabilities and mental health needs to get into work. This article describes how the scheme worked with and supported one of their clients, who had mild learning disabilities and mental health needs, so he was able to secure a permanent job.

Journal article

This time, it's personal

Author:
TEMPLETON Robert
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, June 2011, pp.12-13.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Briefly reports on a study which investigated the positive effect personal budgets were having on service users with mental health problems. The study from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) looked at the experiences of five study sites where new clients were being offered personal budgets. The article highlights factors that helped service users in their choices, including contact with a worker who knows their circumstances and better quality information on the personal budget options available. Views from service users are also presented.

Journal article

Getting heard

Author:
LETTS Penny
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, June 2011, pp.14-16.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

A recent report by the Care Quality Commission and the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council examines the views of patients appearing before mental health tribunals in England. This article summarises some of the key findings.

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