Crisis, what crisis? Meanings of a mental health crisis

Alan Walters Building
Wednesday 7 November 2018 (16:00-18:00)

For more information on this event please contact Dr Rebecca Ince

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An interactive event with a panel discussion to explore:

  • What do we mean when we talk about a mental health crisis? Are we viewing crisis as an emotional experience, a situation of risk and danger, or as a set of psychological symptoms?
  • To what extent should we try to ‘define’ crisis, both in research and in services. On the one hand, services must have ways of assessing who is in need of their support, and research must set parameters. Conversely, does attempting to define a crisis flatten a painful personal experience into a set of measurable criteria?

Our panel chaired by Dr Rebecca Ince will draw together will draw together a range of stakeholders with different perspectives on crisis. Each speaker will spend 5-8 minutes outlining their understanding of what a mental health crisis means, and their position on whether defining crisis in research or service provision, is helpful.

There will be a question and answer session and we will circulate cards with findings from our research to stimulate the discussion. 

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This event is part of the Festival of Social Science which runs from 3-10 November 2018. See what other events are taking place in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. 

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