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
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?
Our Meg-John Barker has written this new resource for the British Association for Counselling and Psychology (BACP) all about how to work with clients across Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD). The resource gives an up-to-date understanding of the psychology of gender, sexuality, and relationships, as well as half a page or so on each… Continue reading New resource on Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity and Mental Health
Psychology has always been a popular university course, but this is even more the case at the moment with the huge national interest in mental health and well-being, and more and more awareness of the high rates of stress and other mental health problems and the toll they take on society. Classically students who have taken psychology degrees have been somewhat… Continue reading Why study psychology at the OU if you’re interested in mental health