Anti-Blackness and mental health

Our second online panel discussion took place on Tuesday 7 July 2020. This time, the topic of our conversation was ‘Anti-Blackness and mental health.’   We heard from two speakers, Furaha Asani (a researcher, teacher and mental health advocate) and Maya McFarlane (the women’s and non-binary officer of the CUSU BME campaign), with discussion chaired by the writer, activist and…

Hold Me in a Tender Circle of Listening – Amanda McDowell

Trigger warning – the material below touches upon themes of: suicide attempts, violence in psychiatric hospitals, electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), use of modified insulin therapy, forced medication, adoption and child bereavement, and child sexual abuse.   We are pleased to host a sound installation produced by the artist Amanda McDowell. ‘Hold Me in a Tender Circle of Listening’ is an immersive audio…

CRASSH event on AI and mental health

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) in Cambridge are hosting an upcoming event on AI, technology and mental health. The virtual workshop, entitled ‘Mindful of AI: Language, Technology and Mental Health,’ is taking place on 1 and 2 Oct and will raise some issues aligned to our own event on social power and mental…

Anti-Blackness and mental health: Upcoming online event 7 July

Join our second online event on Tuesday 7th July, 16.00-17.00 (BST) and hear a discussion from Furaha Asani and Maya McFarlane in conversation with Aude Konan (chair) This conversation will explore anti-Blackness, Black feminism and mental health, with topics including the hostile environment and migration, anti-Blackness in education and Black experiences of navigating the (mental) health system. Speakers: Aude Konan (they/them) (Writer, Activist…

Mutual Aid and Mental Health in Times of Covid

Our first online panel discussion took place on 28 May 2020. The Social Power and Mental Health steering group were delighted to host contributions from:   Bethan Mair Edwards and Jo Edge (Mad Covid) Akiko Hart (National Survivor User Network) Sophia Siddiqui (Institute of Race Relations) Helen Spandler (University of Central Lancashire)   Mutual aid is something that people do…