Placing psychosocial approaches to psychosis at the heart of health & social care- Preston

February 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Preston Quaker Meeting House
189 Saint George's Road


The panel will each give a twenty minute talk about the challenges and successes in regard to placing psychosocial approaches to psychosis at the heart of health and social care. Then we will open the dicussion up to the audience for debate and dicussion.

The panel members are as follows:

Jill Hemmington has worked in mental health services for around 30 years and now works at the University of Central Lancashire where she teaches Mental Health Social Work and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) training. She practices as an AMHP (carrying out Mental Health Act (MHA) assessments) and is currently undertaking research around service users’ involvement and the potential for Shared Decision Making within MHA assessments and hospital detention. Jill is particularly interested in beliefs about ‘capacity’, ‘insight’ and ‘consent’ where individuals are experiencing psychosis.

Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist. She is the Founder of Bhor Foundation, an Indian charity, which is active in mental health advocacy, the trauma informed approach, and enabling other choices to heal apart from or in addition to the biomedical model. She advocates Poetry as Therapy and is working on a few initiatives, both in the UK and India, taking this into prisons and asylums. Jhilmil also heads a team leading Mad in Asia Pacific; this is an online e-zine magazine working for better rights, justice and inclusion for people with psychosocial disability in the Asia Pacific region. She is currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing in the UK. For the last three years, she has also been leading an online poetry as therapy group for women recovering from domestic violence. Her debut poetry collection, Reclamation Song, was published in May 2018. She tweets at @jhilmilspirit.

Helen Spandler is Professor of Mental Health Studies at the UCLan and the managing editor of Asylum: the radical mental health magazine She is the author and editor of many books and articles in the field of mental health – mostly recently, for example,Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement (Policy Press). Helen has had significant experience trying to support family members and friends through periods of psychosis and breakdown. She is committed learning from psychiatric survivors and finding alternatives to conventional mental health systems.