Our Conference

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our original conference is now taking place as a festival of virtual events over the week of 19 – 23 April 2021. Details can be found below – and events signed-up for here.

BSL interpreters and live captioning will be available at all of these events

 

Monday 19 April

 

16.00-17.30 (BST) – Panel Discussion: Covid and Mental Health

Speakers:

Nadia Mbonde (New York University)
Visions of Black Futurity: The Politics of Self and Community Care at the Intersection of the Double Pandemic of Covid-19 and Police Brutality

Lois Liao (London School of Economics)
Do you see what I see?: Applying Pierre Bourdieu’s Theories to the Intersectional Research of Social Class, Race and Mental Health

Cassie Lovelock (London School of Economics)
Covid-19, Mental Health Carers and Increased Dependency; How are Carers Coping?

Peter Unwin & Joy Rooney (Worcester University)
Effects of Covid-19 on the Mental Health of a University-Based Group of Service Users and Carers

 

Tuesday 20 April

 

17.00-18.00 (BST) – Panel Discussion: Black Mental Health

Speakers:

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) – Session 1: Psychiatry and Other Systems

Speakers:

Paper 1: Wendy Burn & Adrian James
The Stigma of Mental Illness, A View From the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Paper 2: Ruth Smith and Anna Smith
Chemical Imbalance or Social Power Imbalance?

Paper 3: Neil Armstrong and Lamis Bayar
Power and Its Surprises: Locating and Dis-locating Asymmetries in Mental Healthcare

Paper 4:  Simon Duffy
Peer Supporter as Leaders in Community Development

Local Journey 1: Wendy Joyce Clarke

 

Wednesday 21 April

 

14.30-16.00 (BST) – Session 2: Activism and Hope

Paper 5: Samuel Hosking
Lessons to be Learned from the Experience of Funding Cuts to Mental Health Services at Lifecraft

Paper 6: Keira Pratt-Boyden
Stigma and Social Power: Mental Health Activism in London

Paper 7: Liz Rotherham
Building Resilience

Paper 8: Annie Whilby
BP(h)D

 

18.30-20.00 (BST) – Keynote Session 1

Keynote: Imogen Tyler

 

Thursday 22 April

 

13.00-14.30 (BST) – Session 3: Social Inequalities and Justice

Paper 9: Rianna Walcott
On Mental Health Support Access and Treatment Outcomes for Black Patients

Paper 10: Peter Beresford
Challenging the Psychiatrisation of Politics and the Politics of Psychiatry

Paper 11: Helen Spandler
Restorative Justice: A Radical Aproach to Mental Health Reform?

Paper 12: Dorothy Gould
We Want Power Too: Perspectives from Service Users and Survivors from LGBTQ+ Communities

 

16.00-17.30 (BST) – Stigma and Survival

Paper 13: Details to follow

Local Journey 2: Jo Fox

Paper 14:  Sarah Carr
A ‘Special Problem’: Construction and Treatment of Female Homosexuality in England 1950-1970

Local Journey 3: Michael Brown

 

Friday 23 April

 

17.30-19.00 (BST) – Keynote Session 2

Keynote: Rai Waddingham
Listening to ‘Mad’ Voices in a Crazy World