Welcome to the course blog for
Mental Health and Social Policy

You can use this blog to:

  • Obtain copies of powerpoint presentations from the course lectures
  • Post comments and pose questions about those lectures
  • Upload and download links to web pages and other resources
  • Discuss issues around the topic of mental health and social policy

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  • Post questions about lectures using the comments facility rather than creating a new post
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  • Use the 'create new post' facility to raise topics for discussion which are not directly relevant to a specific lecture (e.g. events, resources, general topics or requests for help)
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You may choose to use this blog simply as a resource for obtaining course materials. However, it can serve much wider purposes than that and allow for discussion, debate, the sharing of resources and information amongst course members. I hope it will support a sense of collective engagement, shared communication and learning as the course progresses.

Enjoy it and don't be afraid to contribute

Friday, 28 December 2007

assignment submission date??

just wonderig what is the deadine for the social policy assignment for MSc mental health in jan???

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Labelling Madness &Deviance

Further reading

You can download the original Rosenhan paper On being sane in insane places here

There's also a chapter taken from Thomas Scheff's On Being Mentally Ill available on-line here

See also
Gove, W. R. (1970) "Societal reaction as an explanation of mental illness: an evaluation." Amer. Soc. Rev.35: 863-884.
Gove, W. R. [ed.] (1980) "Labelling and mental illness: a critique," in The Labeling of Deviance: Evaluating a Perspective. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
Gove, W. R. [ed.] (1982) "The current status of the labelling theory of mental illness," in Deviance and Mental Illness. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Lecture 8 Gender and Mental Health

Further Reading

Busfield J (1996) Men women and madness New York: NYU Press

Kennedy H (2001) Do men need special services? Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 7 93-99

Prior P (1999) Gender and mental health Basingstoke:MacMillan

WHO (2000) Women's mental health: an evidence based review Geneva: WHO (downloadable here)

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Presentation Assessment Guidelines

The assessment guidelines for the presentation are now available for download. You can click on the link in the sidebar or here to download a copy of the document.

If you have any difficulty downloading this, please contact me as a matter of urgency.

You might find the video below of some use in preparing your presentation.

Life After Death by PowerPoint

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