Top names in radical mental health at conference

Some of the leading names in radical mental health will gather next month at a three-day conference in Manchester.

The Asylum Conference will feature talks by psychiatrists, psychologists, campaigners and service users pushing for a “radical change” in mental health policy.

Co-organiser Ian Parker, professor of psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “The conference will showcase critical work on psychiatry and psychology and the pharmaceutical industry, and alternatives to diagnostic medical labels like ‘schizophrenia’ and ‘paranoia’.”

Speakers include service user campaigner Professor Peter Beresford, and NHS practitioners advocating a social model approach to mental health, such as clinical psychologists Dorothy Rowe and Rufus May, and psychiatrists Joanna Moncrieff and Duncan Double.

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