R&R event, Birmingham, Sept 12th

Yesterday we held the event that culminates a year of work on our ISRF ‘Relatedness and Relationships in Mental Health’ project. At Park House, University of Birmingham, we welcomed 31 people with lived experience of distress and/or lived experience of using mental health and social services, carers, people who work within mental health services, in psychiatry, psychology, as peer support workers, and others, people from the voluntary sector, and from academia, representing psychology, sociology, social work, social policy and philosophy. Many of us also ticked multiple boxes!

Our scribe, Ana Luderowski, keeping notes

I was keen to try to invite people who are at all stages of their careers, so we had some trainees and students with us, as well as some people with many years of experience. I am really pleased we were able to bring together such a rich range of viewpoints.

The event included talks from myself, psychologist Dr Zoë Boden, from London South Bank University, sociologist, Professor Jacqui Gabb from Open University, Social worker /Researcher Dr Anne Denhov from University of Stockholm, clinical psychology trainee, Charlotte Marriot from University of Birmingham, and forensic clinical psychologist Donna Haskayne from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust.

Over coffee we discussed a range of issues in thematic groups

There were discussions on thematic topics: trust, ethics, care, intimacy, reciprocity and companionship. The panel who reflected on the day included philosopher Professor Lisa Bortolotti from University of Birmingham, associate professorial social policy researcher, Dr Michael Clark from LSE, Mental Health and Social Work  Professor Jerry Tew, and psychologist Dr Michael Larkin both of University of Birmingham.

Our panel reflecting on the day: Michael Larkin, Jerry Tew, Mike Clark & Lisa Bortolotti (L-R)

It was a fantastic day and a full report of the content will follow. In the meantime, do get in touch if you’re interested in joining our e-mail list (bodenz@lsbu.ac.uk)



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