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3rd International Health Humanities Network Conference 2014

3rd International Health Humanities Network Conference – Traumatextualities: Trauma in the clinical, arts and humanities contexts

Following the huge success of the 2010 and 2012 IHHN conferences in Nottingham and New Jersey (USA), Nottingham Health Humanities and the ICSPCRR (International Consortium for the Study of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation) are pleased to announce the 3rd IHHN conference, to be held in Nottingham in September 2014.

With the centenary of WW1, the occasion to reflect on the broader realities of conflicts and their traumas is of paramount importance. We are looking for papers that will engage with the topics of war, conflict, trauma, PTSD, among others, in a diverse array of contexts, past or present, military and non-military. Papers should have an interdisciplinary approach and serve as the interface between Health and Humanities contexts.

Date: 5th – 7th September 2014

Call for Papers
We seek submission of abstracts for 20-30 minutes presentations, 1 hour symposia, or poster presentations, on (but not limited to):
– Trauma in Literature and the arts
– PTSD (representations of / experiences of in humanities subjects)
– History of Conflict and War
– Individual experience of trauma as represented in in the humanities
– General Health Humanities themed papers (as per the preceding years, there will be several general themed panels)
Please email – Ihhnconference2014@gmail.com or Charley Baker – charlotte.l.baker@nottingham.ac.uk for further details.

Charley Baker

Lecturer in Mental Health
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy
University of Nottingham

Associate Editor, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

ADDRESS: Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter Road, Derby, DE22 3DT, UK
EMAIL: charlotte.l.baker@nottingham.ac.uk
WEBSITES: http://www.madnessandliterature.org / http://www.healthhumanities.org
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East Midlands Self-Harm, Suicide Prevention And PostVention Conference

East Midlands
Self-harm, Suicide Prevention
& Postvention Conference
Friday 13th June 2014,
Jubilee Campus Nottingham University
“Could anything have been done to make a difference?” This is
not an uncommon question from those bereaved by suicide or
indeed from carers and relatives of someone who has selfharmed.
In partnership the East Midlands Self-harm and Suicide
Prevention Research Network (EM-SRN), Institute of Mental
Health/University of Nottingham Managed Innovation Network
(MIN) for School Age Suicide & Self Harm, the East Midlands
CLAHRC study E-DASH, Harmless, Samaritans and Derbyshire
Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are hosting a conference to
explore on-going clinical experiences and research within our
region around the areas of self-harm, suicide prevention and
bereavement by suicide.
Attendance costs £27.50 (includes refreshments & buffet lunch).


If you are
interested in attending, please register at:
For any further information, please contact Jenny Ness at:
jennifer.ness@derbyshcft.nhs.uk or on 01332 623700 ext. 33681

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History of Psychiatry Project – Bethlem Archives and Museum – please vote!

Here’s a history of psychiatry project that you might be interested in. Please take a moment to vote for the Bethlem Archives and Museum to win photographer Rankin for a day:http://bit.ly/voteBethlem. Voting closes on 28 January, so please pass this on to anyone else you think might be interested in the project!

If the Museum wins, we will hold a public workshop focusing on the mid-19th century photographs taken by
society photographer Henry Hering. Hering photographed the faces of scores of Bethlem patients, examining the resulting images in order to detect the patients’ mental health conditions through their facial expressions and features. For more on this renowned collection, see:http://bethlemheritage.wordpress.com/tag/hospital-snapshots/page/2/

Keeping the Hering collection firmly in mind, the Museum plans to work with Rankin to create a new permanent collection of portraits. The project will raise awareness of the extent of mental illness, helping to work away at prejudices by showing that it is not always clear from a person’s appearance that they are unwell.


Dr. Sarah Chaney
Research Associate
UCLCentre for the History of Psychological Disciplines

Vote for the Bethlem Museum to win a day with portrait photographer, Rankin!http://bit.ly/voteBethlem
(voting only open until 28 January so vote NOW and challenge mental health stigma!)

Damaging the Body: To join the mailing list for future events, visit: http://damagingthebody.org


More information about Bethlem’s Connect 10 project:

If successful in the Connect 10 public vote, the Museum would join with Rankin on a project which has its roots in a series of Victorian images in the Museum’s collection. In the mid-19th century, society photographer Henry Hering photographed the faces of scores of Bethlem patients, examining the resulting images in order to detect the patients’ mental health conditions through their facial expressions and features. The Museum holds a strong and renowned collection of these images, showing patients before and after treatment and illustrating neatly the Victorian need for categorisation of patients.

Keeping the Hering collection firmly in mind, the Museum would work with Rankin to create a new permanent collection of portraits. The project would raise awareness of the extent of mental illness, helping to work away at prejudices by showing that it is not always clear from a person’s appearance that they are unwell.

The Museum plans to run a public workshop, during which participants would learn about the history of Bethlem and its collections and be photographed by Rankin. People would also have the opportunity to learn about the skills involved in portrait photography direct from one of the acknowledged masters of the craft.

While often seen as a celebrity photographer, with H.M. The Queen, Mikhail Gorbachev, David Bowie and Madonna among countless subjects, Rankin has been involved in a number of charitable projects, aimed at confronting preconceptions. His photos for Nike were part of a global campaign raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and his most recent major exhibition portrayed people with terminal illnesses.

Victoria Northwood, Head of Archives & Museum, said “Rankin’s work resonates with us for a number of reasons. As part of a working psychiatric hospital, treating patients as well as educating and reducing the prejudices attached to mental health issues, the Museum shares several values with Rankin’s own awareness-raising projects. As we know now, mental illness cannot always be detected in people’s appearances and our project will aim to emphasise this point. Our historic photography collection is strong and it would be wonderful to be able to revisit the medium with a combination of Rankin’s skill and our contemporary values. The prospect of inviting visitors to see the new collection of photographs when the new Museum opens this autumn is particularly exciting. If you agree, please take a minute to vote for us!”

Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

Tel: 020 3228 4307
Fax: 020 3228 4045

Website: http://www.bethlemheritage.org.uk

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm and selected Saturdays – see website for dates. Archives by appointment only.
Follow the Bethlem blog at http://bethlemheritage.wordpresscom.
Become a Facebook fan at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bethlem-Heritage/122142577804674, or follow us on Twitter athttp://twitter.com/bethlemheritage.


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The Challenges of Tackling Self-Harm and Suicide in School Age Children and Young People

The Challenges of Tackling Self-Harm and Suicide in School Age Children and Young People

Date(s)Friday 24th January 2014 (09:30-16:15)Contact
To register your place on this conference, please visit our online shop.
The cost is £20 (£12 for students), which includes lunch and refreshments.

The conference will be held in Business School South Building, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1BB and begins at 10.00 am with registration from 9.30 am.

The School of Education is holding a one-day conference in conjunction with The Institute of Mental Health and the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS trust.

This conference will offer a collaborative opportunity for participants to share knowledge about the challenges that face all of us when encountering suicide and suicidality in children and young people. The conference will be of value to health professionals, teachers, counsellors and colleagues working with looked after children.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Ella Arensen
Professor Arensen has been involved in numerous international research consortia including the WHO/Euro Multicentre study on Suicidal Behaviour, Child and Adolescent Self Harm (CASE), Network for International Collaboration on Evidence (NICE-SP), the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD), Optimised Suicide Prevention programmes and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI-Europe) and Preventing Depression and Increasing Awareness through Networking in the EU (PREDI-NU).

Professor Rory O’Connor
Professor O’Connor is involved in work with the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, Institute of Health & Wellbeing, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Mental Health & Wellbeing and the University of Glasgow.

Other speakers and participants:

Dr Nigel Chapman – former Notts Coroner
Dr Ellen Townsend – School of Psychology, University of Nottingham
Charley Baker – Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
Professor Nick Manning – Director of Institute of Mental Health
Maire Armstrong – CAMHS nurse consultant in self-harm
Dr Gary Winship – School of Education, University of Nottingham
Keith Waters – Honorary Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
Caroline Harroe – Harmless
The programme for the event is being finalised and you will be able to view it on this page as soon as available.



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Notification of 4th Workshop – Media, Film & Healthcare

Dear Colleague –
I am pleased to invite you to attend a workshop facilitated by the International Health Humanities Network and the Institute of Mental Health and funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The workshop is scheduled to take place on Friday 28 June 2013 at the University of Nottingham‘s Centre  for Advanced Studies and will discuss media and film in healthcare.
The speakers are:
*      Professor Danny Wedding – California School of Professional Psychology
*      Professor Jenny Kitzinger – Cardiff University
*      Dr Ahmed Hankir – University of Manchester
Attendance is by invitation only.
If you would like to take the opportunity to attend this one-day workshop, I would be grateful if you could contact our administrator, Lorna Viikna, by email atlorna.viikna@nottshc.nhs.uk as soon as possible.
Professor Paul Crawford

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Review – Our Encounters With Madness

 ‘Our Encounters with Madness

Authors: (eds) Alec Grant, Fran Biley and Hannah Walker

Publisher: PCCS Books, Ross-On-Wye

Date: 2011

ISBN: 978-1-906254-38-4

Price: £18.00

Pages: 246


A common problem encountered by my mental health nursing students is their fear that they do not know enough about mental health and illness. This is exemplified by their expression of frustration with some of the key nursing textbooks – they often perceive that they don’t tell them enough about mental illness. To remedy this, they turn to the likes of the DSM and the ICD 10. They want to know what mental illness looks like. They want to know how to diagnose mental illness. They want to know what medication treats what group of symptoms. This fear is compounded when they encounter medics and some medically minded RMN‘s in clinical practice – they feel like they lack ‘the [medical] basics’. But there is a vast difference between knowing what mental illness is, and knowledge about mental health and illness. Knowing requires little more than a thorough reading and memorising of the aforementioned diagnostic guides. Knowledge is far trickier. Indeed, knowledge is perhaps only available through listening to – and more importantly, hearing – people and their experiences, their own narratives or life stories, their distress, their fears, hopes, aspirations, desires. ‘Knowing’ enables the formulation of such rich material into diagnosis, treatment or recovery plans, risk assessments – an undoubtedly important part of nursing practice. I would argue that it is a combination of knowing and knowledge that creates good, empathic, critical and thoughtful nurses.

This book contains a wealth of personal narratives, from a variety of perspectives, that can help create ‘knowledge’ in both student nurses and qualified practitioners.  As one of the authors writes in the introduction, textbooks “are written on behalf of ‘mental ill-health sufferers’ by either specialists in psychiatric medicine or in various forms of psychotherapeutic modality” – yet these “fail to get over what it really means, or feels like to have or to care for someone with mental health problems, or suffer in response to abuse, in the context of a life. Formal accounts deal with human distress by proxy, and then to have a narrow focus on ‘illness’ or ‘disorders’ – labels often rejected by those in receipt of them”. Grant continues, “such ‘expert’ accounts often lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy: individuals who are onlyconceptualized, described and experienced by their readers in a one dimensional way – as just their illness, or just their disorder – are often treated as if that’s all they are, all of the time” (p. 3). This book provides practitioners, students, carers and – perhaps most importantly – people who experience mental health issues themselves with a multidimensional, emotional and emotive, and above all hope inspiring anthology of experiences. In this respect alone, it is a vital read.

Sections on the experience of receiving diagnoses and on the vivid, hugely personal experience of mental health issues are set alongside people’s varying encounters with the mental health system itself, and the staff who support it. Both positive experiences of staff and services are recorded alongside those that highlight the (sometimes vast) disjuncture that still exists between individual expectation, service ideology and the lived reality of individual’s journeys through the system.  There are also a number of narratives exploring the experience of being a carer and on abuse and survival.

This is a phenomenal book that should be listed as ‘essential reading’ for students and professionals alike. Collections of individual narratives such as these are few and far between, and each story in here deserves to be told and heard, like all individuals’  testimonies and narratives.  The ‘knowledge’ contained within these pages should be accorded the same status as the ‘knowing’ attainable through textbooks and other theoretical materials.  Who knows the experience of mental health better than those who experience issues or fluctuations with their own, after all.

Charley Baker, Lecturer in Mental Health,

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy,

University of Nottingham,

Nottingham UK


This review was published in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing


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