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Shifting the Narrative on Mental Health

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Shifting the Narrative on Mental Health -

An intersectional inquiry on corruption, causality, community and recovery.


The conference will focus on ‘shifting the narrative’ on mental health from the psychiatric disease model to the relational/recovery model, and on the challenges that are stacked against that eventuality. The challenges and resistances to progressive change are of an ideological, macro-economic nature guaranteeing a protracted and difficult struggle for recovery advocates. We have invited a slate of exceptional thinkers to examine the economic motivations and the ideologies behind the opposition to recovery transformation, to consider the intergenerational and socio-economic roots of ‘mental illness’, and to offer positive perspectives on working for social change/justice within mental health and throughout society.

Robert Whitaker (US) Science and medical journalist/author - Mad in America; Anatomy of an Epidemic; and in collaboration with Lisa Cosgrove, Psychiatry Under the Influence. He is the publisher of a mental health webzine, madinamerica.com. Mr. Whitaker will show how institutional corruption involving psychiatry and Big Pharma is a huge obstacle to a recovery paradigm shift, as well as the cause of an iatrogenic public health calamity.

Dr. Marina Morrow Ph.D (CAN) Professor and Chair of the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. Her most recent edited book (with Dr. Halinka Malcoe) is Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health U of T Press, 2017. Dr. Morrow will explore the ways that “neoliberalism, as a set of practices that increase the role of the free market and reconfigure the welfare state has deepened inequities and engendered policy reforms and discursive practices in mental health that, when coupled with biomedicalism, have had deleterious effects on mental health care and social supports.”

Dr. Mindy Fullilove (US) Fullilove will address the racist, devastating ‘urban renewal’ policies of the 60s; she describes the “social, physical and economic fracture of the urban eco-system” and prescribes social change/justice and community organizing for neighbourhood reclamation and healing.

Shaunessy McKay (with Clinton Debogorski) (CAN) is a Mi'kmaq woman from Eel Ground First Nation in New Brunswick. Co-author, with Roland Chrisjohn, of Dying to Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada. Ms. McKay will deconstruct the indigenous youth suicide crisis, expose the ‘broken Indian model’ and re-contextualize the crisis as part of the ongoing cultural genocide.

Dr. Jayasree Kalathil Ph.D (UK) an independent researcher, writer and psychiatric survivor activist with an interest in the intersections of ‘being mad’ with other social identities and related systems of oppression. Dr. Kalathil will pose a challenge to recovery proponents as to why critical progressive ‘alternatives to psychiatry’ have largely remained outside the reach of those from racialized minority backgrounds, those most affected by psychiatric and societal racism.

Dr. Liam MacGabhann Ph.D (IRE) Head of School of Nursing and Human Sciences ,Associate Professor, Mental Health Practice, Director, Healthy Living Centre Dublin City University. Dr. MacGabhann will speak to the Systemic Family Constellations therapeutic modality in terms of its valuable lessons on bio-psycho-spiritual interconnectivity, why community/belonging is essential for wellness and healing, and how its emphasis on personal/family history and community makes it an all-encompassing approach to healing.




Agenda/Schedule:

Registration: starts 8:15 AM

9:00 Opening Remarks

9:15 Robert Whitaker

10:00 Dr. Marina Morrow Ph.D.

10:40 Break

11:00 Dr. Jayasree Kalathil Ph.D.

11:40 Panel (moderated by Lucy Costa)

12:15 Lunch

1:15 Dr. Mindy Fullilove

2:00 Shaunessy McKay and Clinton Debogorski

2:40 Break

3:00 Dr. Liam MacGabhann Ph.D.

3:40 Panel (moderated by Lucy Costa)

4:30 Adjournment


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