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The Bridge                                                      Issue 36

Bridging the gap between research and practice

This edition of The Bridge, rather than focussing on one of our research programmes, is a general update on some developments in the mental health field generally and RCOMH in particular. In the Northern hemisphere we are experiencing the change in seasons from summer to autumn; we have just had the autumn equinox. It is a powerful reminder that we are moving towards the end of another year but we are moving forward with great plans for the next three years…
‘Community Psychology, Critical Issues’ - 8th European Congress of Community Psychology, York

ECCPI recently had the privilege of attending this congress at York St John University; it was a fantastic occasion to hear some cutting edge thinking and taught me the value of transdisciplinary working; an important concept when thinking about occupation and mental health. It was wonderful to hear how a group of people are striving to give a voice to inequality, to transform civic life and use their power to a political good.

Read more here

New postgraduate research student representative on the College of Occupational Therapists Research & Development Board

Mary Birken, one of RCOMH’s supporters is now the postgraduate research student representative on COT R&D board.

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Useful information source –

The mental elf Available at http://www.thementalelf.net/ 

The Mental Health

Update on RCOMH

Regretfully, the steering group has had to say goodbye to Sarah Cook, who is standing down from the steering group and the Arts & Creativity research programme, because she is moving to part time working. We are sorry to say goodbye to Sarah who has been a loyal supporter of, and advocate for, RCOMH.

Dr Crystal Glass has also stood down as the co-lead of the ‘Occupation and mental health in forensic and prison services research programme’; we are grateful to her for her support in the formative stages of RCOMH’s development. Dr Jane Cronin-Davis will now co-lead the programme with Dr Lou Farnworth. Dr Hazel Mackey, Research Facilitator (West Midlands Primary Care Research Network), has agreed to join the RCOMH steering group.

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Spotlight on Research

Recently Nature published its paper ‘Grand challenges in global mental health’ (Collins, Patel and Joestl, 2011).

Read Katrina Bannigan’s reflections

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