This is a poster presentation given at the Society for the Study of Addiction conference taking place on 7th and 8th of November 2019. Coming from a peer researcher background this is part of the work being contributed to discussions around services, policy and practice relating to drug use. Read more
Title of Talk:
Loneliness and Social Isolation by Alex Dunedin
This is a collection of photos showing the work which was brought together that made the Mad World Exhibition in 2017. You can read about the ideas by following THIS LINK. The exhibition held at its heart a space where questioning of attitudes to mental health, mental illness, madness and identity was encouraged particularly in light of the Psychiatric Survivors Movement which legitimately challenges and drives forward understandings today.
In July 2017 Asylum Magazine for democratic psychiatry had it’s 30th anniversary and hosted a conference in Manchester. Over a day a number of presentations and discussions took place examining various aspects of psychiatry, mental health and madness. Roy Bard, a mental health campaigner, gave a rousing presentation during this which you can see here.
Come along to Gallery One at St Margaret’s House (3rd Floor, St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE) from 6.30pm for the opening of the Mad World art exhibition and a series of short presentations. Exhibition then open every day until 8pm from 30th September to 15th October
Come along to The Castle Hotel (66 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE) from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to socialise and a discuss what mental health means…
Title of talk:
From the Problems of Our Nature, to The Nature of our Problems
Asylum Conference Poster: European Network for Democratic Mental Health; Argument of the meeting on the situation in Greece, Thessaloniki 05/25/2017
Greece has become a laboratory for neoliberal policies of the European Union. The brutal imposition of the laws of the financial markets, of counter-reforms aimed at the destruction of public services and of social protection, has led to a humanitarian and political crisis that is worsening day by day, while placing democracy under guardianship in the name of the repayment of an illegal, illegitimate and odious debt. Read more
From one kind of social prescribing to another kind of social prescribing: a change in focus? by John Sawkins
It has long been apparent to service users that their treatment has very little to do with therapy for the individual, and everything to do with social control, with disinhibition, hyperconnectivity and hypersensitivity being the main causes of concern for society. Thus the individual was treated for the benefit of his or her fellow-citizens, rather than as a means to help him/her recover. Read more
John Sawkins gained an interest in thinking through the issues of mental health when he had a break down at the age of 52. He worked full time as a lecturer and taught for thirty years. Subsequently he made up his mind that he was going to recover from the break down and returned to work full time again in teaching for nine years. Read more