Social Power and Mental Health: Evolving research through lived experience

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Social Power and Mental Health: Evolving research through lived experience

Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 March 2020; CRASSH, University of Cambridge

This conference will bring together people with lived experience of mental health challenges, and researchers. The aim is to start conversations between these two groups of experts, whilst recognising that many people belong in both groups.

Disempowered social groups face an increased risk of mental health issues. They are more likely to experience difficult economic, social and environmental conditions. Gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disabilities and social class intersect with these.

At the same time, mental health issues are widely stigmatised. And people from disempowered social groups are much more likely to be labelled ‘mentally ill’.

How do these inequalities appear, and why? And what steps could be taken to challenge them?

If you would like to give a presentation of up to 15 minutes at the conference, please write a 250-word abstract (title and description of your presentation), and send it to There is no requirement to disclose your personal experiences, although you’re very welcome to discuss them if you wish.

If you would prefer not to speak in front of an audience, let us know. You can submit a poster, or suggest another type of presentation e.g. a film, an audio recording etc.

Closing date for submissions: Tuesday 10 December 2019

You will know if your application has been successful in early January 2020.

For any questions, please email Ed Kiely,

Please let them know if you have any access requirements that you would like to discuss with us. Financial support is available for people who are unwaged or on low incomes.

Further information:

A detailed summary of the conference is available on the CRASSH website.

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