Category: Mental Health

Building our understanding of “psychosis,” let the evidence be discussed!

The British, Mental Elf blog is a venue that supports discussion on how practice can be supported by research, with lively discussion.

The British Psychological Society recently produced a document entitled #UnderstandingPsychosis, which outlined views on definitions, aetiology, treatment and suggestions for improving services for people with psychosis and schizophrenia.

The first edition of this report was covered in a Mental Elf blog in 2014 (Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: a critique by Laws, Langford and Huda), which focused on the sections on medication, CBT and the medical model (Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia, 2014).

In this blog we focus on revised sections, pertaining to definitionsaetiology and treatment (Cooke, 2017).

See the article here: 

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Narratives of Social Workers involvement in social control in mental health yet wrestling with “the system”

This article provides a view of how the British mental health system framed social work practice under their mental health law. 


The paper explores the notion of ‘dirty work’ in relation to the newly created role of the Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP). An AMHP undertakes various duties set out in the 1983 Mental Health Act, as amended by the 2007 Act, in relation to assessments to make applications for compulsory admission to psychiatric hospital. It has been argued that undertaking this social control function is ‘dirty work’. However, the findings from a study of social work AMHPs in England suggest that the picture is more complex. Extracts from narrative interviews are analysed using dialogical narrative analysis. Rather than being designated as dirty work, AMHP duty was presented as prestigious and as advanced social work. However, through their storytelling, the social workers clearly delineated the aspects of AMHP work that they did designate as dirty, specifically the lack of beds, the complexities of co-ordination and the emotional labour which is an inherent part of the work.

The British Journal of Social Work, Volume 46, Issue 3, 1 April 2016, Pages 703–718,
Published: 26 February 2015

ACT Transition Readiness Scale (ATR©) Pilot Community of Practice to support recovery and transition

This forum supports Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) and others interested in client transition and recovery process to share our practice and support the development of new ones.  It centres around the use of The Assertive Community Treatment Transition Readiness Scale© (ATR) developed by Gary Cuddeback, University of North Carolina, a brief and user friendly assessment (available also in French) that can support team and client decision making on transition from ACTT.

Please visit the Community of Practice (CoP) at: , then go to Forums

“EENet Connect is an online community where members of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system can create profiles, share knowledge, and collaborate more effectively with one another. The community reinforces existing relationships, while allowing new connections to take root and grow. “

Conference on Sexual Violence & Intersectionality

From the Sexual Assault Support Centre 

At the Intersections– Sexual Violence & Intersectionality

At the Intersections will be a one-day conference consisting of panel discussions & workshops that will focus on increase accessibility to all survivors of sexual violence who experience intersecting marginalizations.

When: June 26th, 2017

Where: City Hall Ottawa – 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Time: 8-4pm

Registration: Free

*Limited Space* 

Learn more here:

SWAG spotlights new avenues of research by Marjorie Silverman on carers and caregiving

SWAG wind up until Fall meeting, from Beverlee McIntosh – “Please RSVP so we know how many are coming!! Its always a nice evening of networking, socializing and education. PLEASE join us!”

THURSDAY MAY 11TH 6:30 to 9 PM


Theme: Spotlight on new avenues of Research on Carers and Caregiving

Marjorie Silverman

Speaker: Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
School of Social Work, University of Ottawa

The projects examine the everyday life experiences of carers, one from the perspective of young adults caring for older adults, and the other from the perspective of carers of people with dementia. The greater part of the presentation will focus on the experiences of carers of people with dementia in their neighbourhoods and communities. While there is growing interest in the topic of ‘dementia-friendly’ communities, there has been little Canadian research to date. What are carers’ social, relational, and practical experiences of their neighbourhoods? How are they being supported locally? Where do they go and why? Professor Silverman will talk about the innovative methods she is using to try to answer these questions. She will also share some preliminary findings, in particular as they relate to the topic of walks and the multiple purposes of local walks for carers.




Hors D’eouvres   6:30 -Talk will start shortly after 7PM

Mental health and human rights: What have human rights ever done for me?

From Christopher Snowdon, author and freelance journalist @Sectioned_, service user and (micro)blogger

You’ll often see me banging on on twitter about human rights (often using the hashtag #humanrights). Why have I got such a bee in my bonnet about human rights? Aren’t they just for journalists locked up in foreign jails, prisoners banned from voting or from being sent books, refugees? Aren’t they just about freedom of expression, torture, death row inmates? And why do they even matter if the government scraps the Human Rights Act, as we’ve heard the Conservative party propose recently? These are all important questions. … (go to rest of article below)

Human Rights Act 1988 Articles BIHR

Source: Mental health and human rights: What have human rights ever done for me?

Film on the music and stories by those who live on the streets of Toronto

From the Wrench and the Alliance to End Homelessness

April 5, 2017 7:00 PM

arts court, 2 Daly Street

LOWDOWN TRACKS: Wednesday, at Arts Court Theatre , Ottawa
Carleton Cinema Politica is proud to present, in association with the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa and The Wrench, the award-winning film Lowdown Tracks on April 5th, 2017.
Inspired by depression-era folk songs, filmmaker Shelley Saywell and singer and activist Lorraine Segato set out to document the music and stories of those who live on the margins of society and bare their souls through their songs on the streets of Toronto. They have created Lowdown Tracks, an acclaimed documentary film, celebrating the music and stories of those living on the margins.
Voted top Canadian Audience Choice award at Hot Docs in 2015! 
As our homeless crisis grows, life on the margins threatens more and more people. The causes, from abuse to mental health to simple bad luck, are all touched on in the film. At its heart, Lowdown Tracks is about bringing into focus the heartache and the beautiful potential we should see when we walk by someone on the street. In the end, it is a celebration of the power of music and survival.
“Lowdown Tracks is so important because it injects hope, purpose and creates a sense of urgency to the work we’re doing and rallies people to take action. And action is the name of the game. The 20,000 Homes campaign is a catalyst for action. Lowdown Tracks is the spark.” – Tim Richter (President & CEO Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness & 20,000 Homes Campaign)
Lowdown Tracks dir. Shelley Saywell | Canada | 2015 | 86 mins
Pay-What-You-Can | donations are welcome | CDs will be available for purchase Lowdown Tracks is co-presented by the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa