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Social Power and Mental Health Steering Group
This conference seeks to create dialogue between two forms of expertise. It will bring together people with lived experience of mental health challenges and researchers, with the aim of starting conversations between these two groups of experts. We also recognise that many people belong in both groups.
Our theme is the link between social power and mental health. Disempowered social groups are at an increased risk of mental health issues. They are more likely to face difficult economic, social and environmental conditions. Gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disabilities and social class intersect with these. What are the latest research findings on these topics? How do they compare with lived experiences? When might research worsen mental health challenges? What kinds of methods can produce empowerment?
We will also reflect on the social context of mental health, power and inequality. While mental wellbeing is now being discussed widely, stigma remains significant. And people who are already disempowered are much more likely to be labelled ‘mentally ill’. How does stigma link to social power? What is the role of psychiatric services and the welfare state? How are power inequalities reinforced, and how can we challenge them? How do we work towards a future where everyone can openly share their lived experiences, be valued for their contribution and appropriately supported in their endeavours?
The conference has been designed with people who have used psychiatric services in Cambridgeshire. Our speakers include social scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists and service users/survivors. Throughout there will be group discussions with local people who have experience of mental health challenges.
Our intent is for people with lived experience to take the lead as we explore the many intersections between mental health and social power. The conference aims to place research expertise and the expertise of experience on an equal footing. We want to work together to find gaps in knowledge, and then outline a future research agenda to address these. How can we challenge power inequalities in, and through, research? And how can we evolve research by valuing lived experience?
Registration links for this conference can be found on the right of this page.
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BSL Interpreters and Live Captioning will be available at all of these events
Monday 19 April
Panel Discussion: Covid and Mental Health
Cassie Lovelock (London School of Economics)
Tuesday 20 April
Panel Discussion: Black Mental Health
Aude Konan (they/them) (Writer and Playwright)
Furaha Asani (she/her) (Researcher, Teacher and Mental Health Advocate)
Maya McFarlane (she/her) (Women’s and Non-Binary Officer of the CUSU BME Campaign)
|18.30 – 20.00 (BST)||
Paper 1: Wendy Burn & Adrian James
Paper 2: Ruth Smith and Anna Smith
Paper 3: Neil Armstrong and Lamis Bayar
Paper 4: Simon Duffy
Local Journey 1: Wendy Joyce Clarke
Wednesday 21 April
|14.30 - 16.00 (BST)||
Paper 5: Samuel Hosking
Paper 6: Keira Pratt-Boyden
Paper 7: Liz Rotherham
Paper 8: Annie Whilby
|18.30 - 20.00 (BST)||
Keynote: Imogen Tyler
Thursday 22 April
|13.00 – 14.30 (BST)||
Paper 9: Rianna Walcott
Paper 10: Peter Beresford
Paper 11: Helen Spandler
Paper 12: Dorothy Gould
|16.00 - 17.30 (BST)||
Paper 13: Details to follow
Local Journey 2: Jo Fox
Paper 14: Sarah Carr
Local Journey 3: Michael Brown
Friday 23 April
|17.30 - 19.00 (BST)||
Keynote: Rai Waddingham