United Kingdom

At this event, our dragon's den style panel of experts will be hearing the best ideas submitted throughout the challenge. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to share their idea, followed by feedback from the panel, the audience and across the world via the #TTWUDmh twitter hashtag. We will also be live video-streaming the event across the internet through YouTube. Sign up for an "online ticket" below to receive updates and  instructions on how to access the video stream.

With opening remarks by Lord Nigel Crisp and a world class panel including Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature, and Paul Farmer, CEO of mental health charity Mind, this event is not to be missed! Agenda and speaker details to follow. 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 from 17:30 to 19:30 (GMT)
John Snow Lecture Theatre
Keppel Street, 
United Kingdom

Imagine being refused entry to a museum or being barred from your local swimming pool or park? Then imagine it's because you have a mental health problem.

It may sound far fetched, but regulations like these exist in some parts of the world and illustrate the everyday stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face.


The impact of mental health stigma and the most effective ways of combating it will be discussed during the first meeting of the International Anti-Stigma Alliance, to be hosted this week in London by Time to Change, England's mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

The two-day meeting (17th and 18th September) will bring mental health anti-stigma programmes and initiatives from over 14 countries together, along with some of the world's leading academics from the field, to share latest evidence and best practice from across the globe. New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England will all have representatives at the meeting.

Sadly, mental health stigma is still prominent throughout the world. A sign outside a museum in a small town in Japan, reads 'Those with mental disease are declined to enter the museum' and in other parts some leisure facilities imposed restrictions forbidding people with mental health problems from using the fitness centre. Three major airlines in Asia also refused to allow passengers with mental health conditions on to a flight unless they were accompanied by a psychiatrist. In certain parts of the world, people with mental health problems are not permitted to enter a swimming pool or use public parks. Some of these examples of discrimination were highlighted in the book 'Shunned' written by Professor Graham Thornicroft, who will be attending the conference.

One Day Conference in Creative Arts and Mental Health, hosted by Queen Mary, University of London


1st of October 2013



This conference presents on the intersections between Creative Arts and
Mental Health. Work in these fields currently takes place within single
disciplines (such as Art Therapy, Music Therapy and Applied Theatre);
the main objective of the conference is to bring these and related
disciplines together to explore a variety of issues common to both
subjects, including: the relationship between creativity and mental
health; the arts as a means of changing perceptions and provoking
discussion around mental health issues; art as therapy, recovery and
resilience; the arts and the representation of mental health in the
public sphere.

The conference is open to everyone who is interested in any of these
issues. We expect to attract a very eclectic group of artists,
clinicians and individuals in education as well as other specialists who
need to increase their knowledge on the relationship between creative
arts and mental health. All attendees will have a chance to be creative
themselves during a series of afternoon workshops.

This innovative conference will bring together experts from the Centre for Psychiatry (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry)

and from the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London,

as well as external experts from

Daily Life Ltd., CORE Arts, Pallant House Gallery/Outside In, Barbican Centre, and Southbank Centre.

For more information about the content of the conference, please contact
conference organisers:

Dr Nasir Warfa at 
n.warfa (at) qmul.ac.uk
Dr Kim Solga at 
k.solga (at) qmul.ac.uk

Places are limited, so please register your interest as soon as possible

Programme for the day

8:40– 9:30: Registration- Tea and Coffee

9:30 – 9:45: Welcome notes, Professor Anthony Warrens, Dean for Education & Director of the Institute for Health Sciences Education, School of Medicine & Dentistry, QMUL

9:45 – 1:15: Session 1 (Keynote Speakers and Roundtable)

9:45 – 10:10: Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Shân Maclennan, Creative Director, Learning and Participation, Southbank Centre

10:10 – 10:40:  Madness and Theatricality, Dr Bridget Escolme, Reader in Drama, School of English & Drama, QMUL & Dr Bobby Baker, Artistic Director, Daily Life Ltd.

10:40 – 11:10:  Acts of Defiance:  The Arts, Mental Health and Resistance, Gini Simpson, Head of Learning and Participation, Creative Learning, Barbican Centre

11:10 – 11:25: Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00: Music and Mental Health, Stephen Clift, Professor of Health Education, Canterbury Christ Church University

12:00 – 12:30: Creative Arts, Mental Health and Sustainability, Paul Monks, Artistic Director, CORE Arts

12: 30- 13:00: Panel Discussion chaired by Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology, School of Medicine & Dentistry, QMUL

13:00– 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 16:00: Session 2 (Parallel Workshops)

Workshop 1:  Mapping Creativity and Wellbeing, Dr Ali Campbell, Reader in Drama, School of English & Drama, QMUL

Workshop 2: Outside In: The Challenges and Rewards of Working Inclusively, Marc Steene, Deputy Director, Pallant House Gallery

Workshop 3: Community Theatre and Mental Health, Emily Hunka

Workshop 4: Creative Arts, Resilience and Healing, Dr Nasir Warfa, Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapies & Transcultural Psychiatry, School of Medicine & Dentistry, QMUL

16:00 – 17:30: Session 3 (Discussion)

Feedback from workshops and panel discussion to close the day

In the case of unforeseeable circumstances the conference programme might be subject to minor changes.



Charterhouse Square Campus, Queen Mary University of London
Room 129-130, Wolfson Institute

Afternoon workshops at:
Workshop 1: Room 129-130, Wolfson Institute
Workshop 2: Room GO1, Joseph Rotblat Building
Workshop 3: TBC
Workshop 4: TBC

How to book

Please use the following link to register



Fees & Rates

Concessions (students/unwaged): £50
Regular Fees: £80

Travel information

Nearest stations on the London Underground are Barbican and Farringdon
on Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and Circle lines.

For further details please contact: Maria Patsou at 
m.patsou (at) qmul.ac.uk

Contact telephone number: 020 7882 2038

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Global Mental Health

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

2 Posts

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for two full time public health researchers to join the Centre for Global Mental Health as Research Assistant/Research Fellows to work as part of a team developing a Platform for Innovations in Global Mental Health (GMH). Each post is a fantastic opportunity for a talented researcher with relevant research skills and a commitment to global mental health to work with some of the leaders in the field on this international global mental health networking, research synthesis and dissemination project.

Click the link below to read more of the job description and application information.


20TH SEPTEMBER 2013 | London Conference

Spirit possession is recognised worldwide across many cultures and by several religions. Spirit possession is often seen as an idiom of distress causing a change in behaviour and mental well being. Spirit possession is also included in the ICD 10 and DSM IV classifications of mental disorders, yet the ex tent to which it is recognised and / or discussed in clinical practice is less than we would expect, even in UK cities where there resides a diverse population.
This one day event will consider the critical themes and debates on spirit possession from an anthropological, social, psychological, medical and religious perspective using a range of illustrative case study, clinical practice and research.

The aims of the conference

  • Discuss possible definitions and different kinds of spirit possession
  • Debate the key elements which typify spirit possession
  • Discuss who can make a diagnosis of spirit possession and how such a diagnosis might be made
  • Compare and contrast how spirit possession might be viewed by clinicians, religious leaders, healers, the "the patient", family and community members
  • Discuss the value of using patient's explanatory model of illness
  • Reflect upon the key issues associated with defining what is "normal" and "abnormal"
  • Discuss folk healing practices in different cultures and "treatment" options including exorcism
  • Consider whether there is a need to enhance joint working between mental health professionals and transitional healers. 

Who Should attend?
This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.