The Politics of Madness:
Listening to lived experience

This series will discuss mental distress/madness from the perspective of people with lived experience. The voices of other experts have been dominating community understanding of “mental health”– this is a chance to engage differently.

When: 29th of October to the 29th of November 2011 6.30 – 8pm
Venues:
The Railway Neighbourhood House, 20 Solly Ave, Nth Carlton
Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop, 105 Lygon St Brunswick East
Dexter bar/cafe, 123 Queens Pde, Clifton Hill.
Co-ordinators: Grey, Epstein, Daya, Everett

week 1

Saturday 29 October 2011

Introduction to Intentional Peer Support (IPS)
(Flick Grey and Merinda Epstein, Our Consumer Place)
How do you support someone going through intense emotional distress or acting in ways that you find confusing, distressing or mad? This introduction to IPS is trauma-informed, non-coercive, honest, transformative and practical.

week 2

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Madness in the Academy
(Flick Grey and Merinda Epstein, Our Consumer Place)
This session will explore how universities are taking up, or not, the impressive intellectual work of people with lived experience of madness.

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week 3

Tuesday 29 November 2011

What do we want from the mental health system?
(Merinda Epstein (Our Consumer Place) Indigo Daya (Voices Vic and Smoking Mad) Heidi Everett (Psych Ward Support)

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