Author Archives: Jess Urwin

About Jess Urwin

Lecturer in social work at De Montfort University, youth justice researcher, musician, crafter, constant reader.

The Demonisation of Average

I recently read this article from The Guardian, which talks about the culture of acceptance around poor mental health in academia. There’s a focus on PhD students here, but I think this could apply to all stages of the academic … Continue reading

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Current Research: Benefits of Pokémon Go

Myself and Dr Catherine Flick are currently carrying out research into the mental health benefits of playing Pokémon Go! We’re interviewing players in the field, and also asking people to complete an online survey, which can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PokemonMHContinue reading

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World Mental Health Day 2016

Today is World Mental Health Day, and many people on my social media feeds are talking about it. Most of it is great! Some of it is not. I wanted to write a brief something to address some of the … Continue reading

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The Joy of Ethics

I really enjoy completing ethics forms. Everyone I have told this to gives me a slightly bemused look and says “really?”, and then quickly changes the subject. But I do. I find completing ethics forms satisfying and exciting. It means … Continue reading

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Mental Health Support, Communities, and Reddit

I’ve never really been a Reddit user; I don’t have an account, but I occasionally read some stuff there. In the past 2 weeks I’ve spent some time lurking at Reddit’s Radiohead sub. I’m a fan of Radiohead, and wanted … Continue reading

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Five Years Time

My very good friend Ruth recently posted on her blog about the dreaded question “where do you want to be in five years?”, and wondered why “anywhere with good biscuits” was not an appropriate answer. She is an all round … Continue reading

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The Imposter!

A while ago I wrote about imposter syndrome. My main knowledge of his previously had come from blogs and other online commentators, all generally talking about imposterism in an informal and anecdotal way. Lately I’ve been looking into the academic … Continue reading

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