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Free event 'Our turbulent minds: Everybody's crazy but nobody's ill!'

10 April 2017

A radical rethink is needed in how we understand mental health. Join Professor Peter Kinderman, BPS President, in Brighton for a lively discussion on how we can improve our own, and the nation's, wellbeing.

As part of our 2017 Annual Conference we are holding a free open lecture in Brighton on Tuesday 2 May 2017 from 6pm to 7pm. 

In his talk Professor Kinderman will set out his manifesto for change in which he argues that mental health problems are fundamentally social and psychological issues. Peter believes diagnoses should be replaced with straightforward descriptions of our problems and we should reduce our use of medication, using it pragmatically, rather than seeing it as a cure.

Professor Kinderman said:

"Radical change is needed in how we think about mental health. The idea that our more distressing emotions are nothing more than the symptoms of physical illnesses, which can then be treated like any other medical disease, is pervasive and also profoundly flawed. Vulnerable people can suffer as a result of inappropriate treatment and sometimes radical remedies are needed. I believe we need wholesale change, not only in how we understand mental health problems but also in how we design and commission mental health services."

"We need to offer care rather than coercion, to fight for social justice, equity and fundamental human rights, and to establish the social prerequisites for genuine mental health and wellbeing for all"

The lecture is being held at the Sallis Benney Lecture Theatre at the University of Brighton, BN2 0JY from 6pm to 7pm. Attendance is free but you must register your place online.

As a result of his research activity and roles in professional bodies Peter has had many media appearances. Most notably Peter hosted a two-episode BBC TV Horizon piece exploring the validity of psychiatric diagnosis. More recently Peter was a consultant to the BBC programme ‘Mind over Marathon’, where 10 people with a history of mental health problems undertook to run the London Marathon in conjunction with the Heads Together Campaign and supported by Princes William and Harry. Peter was also a consultant to the ground-breaking BBC ‘Headroom’ campaign; one of the first coordinated media campaigns on mental health.

We will also be holding a second free public engagement event on Friday 5 May, called 'Weird psychology: The science of strange phenomena' - further details on this event can be found here.

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