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Home care: an insider’s perspective
May 11, 2016
Author: Dr. Lucy Perry-Young Jean stopped in the hallway and suddenly said ‘Do you like books?’ I said yes, I enjoy reading, do you? She walked towards the door to the room I had not yet been in and opened it quickly and widely to dramatically reveal a huge book case the length of the …
Why is a more socially oriented approach to mental health difficulties so hard to embrace?
April 6, 2016
Author: Associate Professor Hugh Middleton The BBC’s recent series on mental health, ‘In the Mind‘ drew mixed reactions. In particular Stephen Fry’s exploration of manic depression was both praised on account of his attempts to destigmatize mental illness, and criticised because it presented a very narrow biomedical understanding of mental illness. Richard Bentall, a respected leader in …
Research 4 U! Using Mobiles when Researching With Young People.
January 12, 2016
Author: Dr Samantha Wilkinson Interviews, participant observation, diaries – there are endless methods around to conduct research, but are these methods a culturally credible means of researching with young people? When conducting my PhD research into the drinking practices of 40 young people living in two suburban areas in the North West of England, I found …
Hey, don’t just shoot the messenger!
November 11, 2015
Author: Associate Professor Hugh Middleton Hot topics of the time are the efficacy and safety of psychiatric medicines. These are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the UK and globally. There is growing concern that their reputations for efficacy may have been inflated by biased trials reporting and their longer term safety underestimated. …