Mental Health Special Interest Group (MH-SIG)

The MH-SIG will be holding a pre-conference event as planned on Wednesday 5th May 2021 13:00 - 15:00 Central european summer time (CEST).

We have had a number of mental health social work papers put forward for the SIG. If you would like to present a paper please can you email us.

Currently we have:

  • Mental health social work and physical health by Gavin Davidson, Claire McCartan and Paul Webb
  • An emotional rollercoaster: The involvement of families during compulsory hospital admissions in England by Kevin Stone
  • Approved Mental Health Professional decision-making in England & Wales: legal considerations, individual frameworks and practice wisdom by Andy Brammer
  • Service Users as Students by Steve Malies & Jitka Vseteckova
  • Critical Mindfulness in Social Work: Self-care as anti-oppressive practice in the journey from student to social worker by Pearse McCusker
  • Developing a mental health equality imagination for Social Work by Robert Lomax

We will be adopting a PechaKucha approach (6 minutes each, with 6 slides)

Following this there will be a discussion around the research project that is being established by Gavin Davidson, Sarah Vicary, Pearse McCusker & Kevin Stone entitled: Mental Health Social Work: A comparison of roles across Europe.

What is the purpose of the project?- The role of mental health social workers and the contributions the profession makes to the field of mental health is under-researched but there is growing interest in exploring this area. Comprising members of the recently established Mental Health Special Interest Group (MHSIG) at the European Social Work Research Association (ESWRA), this project seeks to map knowledge about the role and functions of mental health social workers in associated countries. 

Following the presentations we would like to collect data in this respect and would invite attendees to stay if they would wish to opt in. Consent forms and information sheets will be available on the day.

Sarah and Kevin as co-chairs for this year look forward to working you and realising the plans above. For more information please email &