Mental Health Humanities

Taking ‘the medical’ beyond clinical encounters, Mental Health Humanities at Birmingham is a network of academics from across the University seeking nuanced and urgent understandings of health and illness. Our aim is to foster transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral entanglements and further the integration of the medical humanities into mental healthcare and medical education.

Our four current areas of interest:

  • narratives, stories, and autobiography
  • lived experiences, power, othered identities and pathologisation
  • affect, empathy, the body
  • teaching, training, and developing clinicians, researchers and academics


Gender, suicide, and culture: a one-day online symposium

Call for papers exploring the ideas around gendered approaches to suicide, and how cultural frameworks and representations shape them
Friday 11 March 2022

Affect, empathy, the body

Online symposium exploring some of the ways in which key concepts of affect, empathy, and the body shape the work being carried out by, between, and on the borders of humanities and mental health research.
Monday 14 June 2021

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