Mind Media Awards Entries 2017 and Annual Mental Health Survey

The entries for the Mind charity annual media awards closed on Friday 7th July, a shortlist will be announced later this year. Last years’ winners presented a touching array of stories from Professor Green sharing his experiences about his Dad’s suicide to Rosie Adam’s blog about post-natal depression. The awards help to publicise important developments surrounding mental health in the media and through public engagement, with awards for digital champion and student journalist among those for drama and radio. There are also special awards given for speaking out and making a difference. These categories allow a particular focus for addressing the stigma surrounding mental health encourage people to talk about it and provides the drivers to initiate change, especially for young people.

In the words of Jeremy Paxman,

“I think the big difficulty is for people to realise that this is perfectly normal, it is perfectly normal to have mental health problems. I’ve got a bad knee at present, but I’m not embarrassed to tell you or anybody else about it, but people are embarrassed to talk about mental issues, and its perfectly normal, particularly among young people, to have issues with depression or suicidal feelings. I don’t think you’re going to change young people overnight but what you can do is change the climate around it so that they’re find it easier to talk and to seek help and you know, the media can really help with that.”

This coincides with the Mind annual mental health survey which allows everyone over the age of 16 to share their experiences surrounding mental health and accessing care and services. This is a simple and accessible way to gather data to look at how well service providers are meeting the demands of the public, but what about children and young people below the age of sixteen? Could this particular survey model be tailored specifically for younger age groups and parents? With mental ill-health becoming an increasing concern for our children and suggestions that CAMHS waiting times are ever increasing, would it not be useful to provide a similar survey to parents, professionals and young people to share their experiences and identify gaps in this particular area. Last year the office of national statistics carried out the first survey on children’s mental health since 2004 – that’s over 12 years in which a significant and important age group was forgotten, suggesting that there is scope for such a survey to be useful, such as those in the Children’s Societies Good Childhood report, which suggest that mental health and wellbeing in children has declined over the past 5 years. Something needs to be done to address this gap so that the mental health and wellbeing of future generations is not overlooked.

 

*Please note: all opinions and views expressed are that of the MICE Hub and not associated with Mind charity. All published media associated with Mind charity is original and reproduced exactly as it was published at mind.org.uk

 

Conference: 10th July 2017; “The Future of Education: Learning throughout the Lifecourse”

THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION: LEARNING THROUGHOUT THE LIFE COURSE

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Conference at the University of Portsmouth Monday 10 July 2017. Hosted by the School of Education and Childhood Studies, in collaboration with the Higher Education Forum.Call for Proposals
We are delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the annual conference hosted by the School of Education and Childhood Studies, in collaboration with the Higher Education Forum.  This year’s conference, “The Future of Education: Learning throughout the Life Course,” takes place on Monday 10 July 2017 in the Portland Building at the University of Portsmouth.

Submit an Abstract online by Friday 12th May:
https://goo.gl/forms/TcZGbvcvjOAydHXi2

We invite submission of abstracts for presentations from education researchers, practitioners, and research students that share research, practice and/or impact. Through this conference, we will bring together researchers and practitioners from across the spectrum of educational experiences and practices throughout the life course, from education and development in early childhood through to lifelong learning in post-retirement. Our aim to foster discussions broadly around current issues in education and what our current research and practices can tell us about the future of education.

Keynote Speakers
Morning Keynote: Professor Nigel Thomas, Professor of Childhood and Youth Research, School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of Central Lancashire
Keynote title: ‘Human beings need something from one another when they come to places like schools’: participation, recognition and wellbeing

Afternoon Keynote: Professor Kalwant Bhopal, Professor of Education and Social Justice and Bridge Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Race and Education in the School of Education, University of Birmingham
Keynote title: BME academic flight from UK higher educationDownload Keynote abstracts

Registration

Register online: https://secsconference17.eventbrite.co.uk

Registration is free, but space is limited.

Conference website: http://www.port.ac.uk/school-of-education-and-childhood-studies/research/annual-conference/

For questions about the conference, please contact Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten Wendy.Sims-Schouten@port.ac.uk or Dr Jessica Gagnon Jessica.Gagnon@port.ac.uk

Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May)

This event will bring together key academics, politicians and local charities with a focus on mental health and generate a debate around key issues and possible solutions and ways forward.

Approaches towards child MH in the UK need to be seen in the light of the postindustrial neoliberal austerity-context, in which cuts have effected long-term established MH services, whilst at the same time there is lots of publicity around how ‘we are failing our children on this front’ – the likes of Tanya Byron, as well as social media (Guardian) consistently flag up failures in this area (e.g. Byron said that whilst 25% of children in the UK have a mental health issues, only 6% of the health budget is dedicated to this).

Sceptics on the other hand (‘Spiked’) argue that an over-focus on MH is counter-productive and that we have to be careful with how we define MH illness; add to that the fact that women are diagnosed far more often than men (potentially down to doctor/gp/diagnostic bias), altogether creating the need for a debate around these issues and find ways to inform and improve practice.

More information can be found at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-awareness-event-tickets-31962011236