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Reader’s corner…

A couple of articles I spotted recently that might be of interest to our blog followers…

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The BBC carried an article back in February, Perfect storm: The agency for disabled talent which highlights VisABLE – an agency for disabled actors, presenters and models.

Safety and Health Practitioner reported from mental health charity Mind, in an article aimed at employers wanting to promote a mentally healthy workplace, How to manage severe mental health problems

Happy reading!

Alison Skellern, AGCAS Disability Task Group, De Montfort University

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Let’s Talk

Here’s a quirky little film that I thought I’d share – aimed at employers to help them discuss mental health with their staff.

This film has been produced through the MINDFUL EMPLOYER initiative which provides managers, businesses and organisations with information, support and training regarding staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.

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“Talking about mental health at work is difficult for everyone concerned. Beginning as a black and white, silent movie, Let’s Talk portrays the difficulties that arise through poor communication. As the film progresses, it gains both colour and a voice as we see how talking to each other enables support and understanding.”

Watch now at https://youtu.be/K6ThH_1aDf4

Find out more about MINDFUL EMPLOYER.

Claire Byron, AGCAS Disability Task Group, Newcastle University

 

 

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What you might have missed in 2016…

As a last minute festive treat (!) in the vein of so many TV shows this time of year, I thought I’d give a bit of a roundup of some interesting articles from a range of publications and websites that you may (or may not) have spotted this year.

So go grab a mulled wine coffee (mince pie optional) and enjoy a read…

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Not more mince pies?

Neurodiversity

Mental health

HR and disability

Dyslexia

Diabetes

And just to add … have a very merry Christmas break and a Happy New Year from the Disability Task Group – see you in 2017!

Claire Byron, AGCAS Disability Task Group, Newcastle University

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ArtsMinds – looking after the industry

I recently came across this site, which I think is fairly new, and I thought it might be of interest to readers of this blog, particularly those who work with students and graduates aiming for careers in performance or other creative roles.

ArtsMinds is a collaborative initiative from BAPAM (British Association of Performing Arts Medicine), Equity, Spotlight and The Stage to bring together into one place a raft of resources for performers and creative practitioners facing mental health issues. Find out more at:

http://www.artsminds.co.uk/

 

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Alison Skellern, Disability Task Group, De Montfort University

 

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Training course

Not sure what is meant by the term “Non-visible Disability”?

Lacking knowledge or confidence when supporting students with a non-visible disability? Then this is the course for you!

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This AGCAS East Midlands Regional Training event will explore some of the issues facing students with a non-visible disability, and enable participants to share good practice and information resources.

The aim of this event is to increase participants’ confidence and knowledge when working with students with non-visible disabilities, and will cover the following –

  • What is a “non-visible” disability?
  • Positive self-marketing for students: role models, and examples of strengths and attributes of those with a non-visible disability.
  • Signs and symptoms of some of the more common non-visible disabilities.
  • Hints and tips for supporting students with a non-visible disability, including information resources.

There will be contributions from two university careers services (De Montfort University, Leicester and the London School of Economics) and a speaker with experience of overcoming a hidden disability to succeed in the workplace.

Some interactive group work will be included as well as the opportunity to share good practice and useful resources.

See the AGCAS website for booking details: http://www.agcas.org.uk/events/1293-Seeing-the-unseen-How-to-spot-and-support-students-with-non-visible-disabilities-Leicester

Alison Skellern, AGCAS Disability Task Group, DMU

 

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What Happens Next 2015 Report

The latest edition of ‘What Happens Next: A Report on the First Destinations of Disabled Graduates’ is now available. This report compares the employment outcomes of disabled and non-disabled university leavers six months after graduation and draws upon the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

In the report (attached) we looked at:
– Disabled graduate destinations
– How they found their jobs
– Their reasons for choosing their jobs
– How well they felt university prepared them for their next career step

You can download the report here on the AGCAS website.

We hope you find it interesting and useful.

Mark Allen, Careers Consultant, Imperial College London

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Mental Health Blogs

Organisations including Mind, the Mental Health Foundation and Rethink Mental Illness (amongst others) are continuing to push the mental health agenda through a coalition called ‘We need to talk. Related to this there are a number of blogs and initiatives that are worth being aware of.

Targeting mental health awareness and discrimination in men
http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/wolfpack

Mind – Your stories.  Some interesting case studies and blogs from people who have or are experiencing mental health problems.
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/

Mind – Blog from a student diagnosed with bipolar disorder
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/your-stories/what-it-felt-like-to-be-diagnosed-with-bipolar-disorder/#.U61h_vldXAk

Time to Change – Blogs from a local Councillor on his experience with depression
http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/blog/treating-my-depression
http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/blog/counselled-councillor-depression-part-who-i-am-it-not-all-who-i-am

If you are aware of any further blogs or campaigns that you feel others may benefit from knowing about, please add them to the comments section of this blog.

Mark Allen

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