The new free OU Psychology OpenLearn course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, introduces the key ideas and practices of mindfulness, describes how it is helping counselling clients and prisoners, and also looks at some of the criticisms mindfulness has received in recent years. Our Meg-John Barker and Troy Cooper put together this course… Continue reading Free course: Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings
By Sarah Crafter, first published as part of the Year of #Mygration OU series. "Samir was 13 years old when I first met him. He had arrived in the UK from Afghanistan some years earlier. He was reluctant to talk in class about his home language, as some of the other pupils would call him a… Continue reading Children’s language brokering across places and spaces
Our Meg-John Barker has just published a new book. The Psychology of Sex is part of the first wave of Routledge's exciting new Psychology of Everything series. In fact MJ's book was the first one of the series that was written, setting the tone for many of the rest which cover topics as diverse as… Continue reading New book launched: The psychology of sex
The idea of a World Mental Day was introduced in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health and is now promoted annually and celebrated on the 10th October. It was initiated because of the felt need to promote education about mental health and break down the stigma that so often attaches to mental ill-health.… Continue reading University Mental Health Day – March 1st 2018
The School of Psychology’s Social Psychology Research Group (aka SPRG) met for the third time this academic year and discussed an intriguing project of our colleague Dr David Jones. The discussion was around the topic of "Borderline Personality Disorder" and its more and more frequent presence as both a diagnosis and a cultural phenomenon. The… Continue reading Borderline personality – a ‘disorder’ for our times?