Asylum Democratic Psychiatry Magazine conference

by Alex Dunedin in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th June 2017 we successfully raised £1,456 with 29 supporters in 28 days

We are raising funds for the Asylum Democratic Asylum 30th anniversary conference in Manchester University, the community and exhibition

by Alex Dunedin in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Please help us raise the money to take the 30th anniversary conference of Asylum magazine for democratic psychiatry out into the community and promote the ideas which are represented in  it into people's lives.  Asylum magazine has been running for 30 years now and year after year giving voice to issues of mental health and people who suffer various anxieties and labels, as well as those who work in the field who care about how madness is understood.

For decades Asylum has been an important intellectual platform which has been opening up spaces where issues of mental health can be discussed freely and critically.  Inspired by the psychiatric survivors movements campaigning for alternatives to the psychiatric mainstream, it has championed a search for different meanings and understandings of madness and distress which are needed.

Many well known commentators on psychology and psychiatry have been involved by writing and producing the magazine over the years, but also - what makes this publication unique is that everyone has the opportunity to be involved by publishing their thoughts and comments.  Psychiatric service users and survivors have been intimately involved from the beginning as people who have something important to say and share.

On the 28th of June hundreds of deligates from all over the world come together at the 30th anniversary conference held in the University of Manchester.  This crowdfunder page has been set up to extend the conference out from the university into a public community space where everyone can take part in the anniversary celebration for free.

An evening of entertainment and information is planned with musicians, bands, talks and food.  We need money to put this event on and to cover printing costs so that everyone can get an informative book of the conference content to spread awareness of the research, ideas and movements which have made it up.

Alongside this we are raising money for a public exhibition to be carried on in Manchester after the conference moving around public spaces and promoting Asylum magazine along with all that was brought together in the conference.  With thirty art easels it will migrate from place to place eventually traveling north to Edinburgh to feature in the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival during October 2017.

To promote the work, ideas, concepts and debates which go on in the conference we want to film and audio record it so that everyone can get a chance to tune into it online.  Accompanying this an unedited book of the whole endeavour will be made featuring all the contributions to the conference from academics, practitioners, service users and survivors, and of course from the people who helped make this all possible - those who donated to this crowdfunding campaign.

The more money we raise the more we can do to take all that Asylum magazine represents out to communities and across the world with technology.  Please help make this a reality and give generously; it has all been brought together on voluntary basis

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

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Published in the Thank You list You will be thanked in the Asylum Unedited book. Your support is deeply appreciated as someone who has helped contribute what you can. By giving a little you have helped advance an important social, intellectual and ethical field. Thank you!

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Write a page in the Asylum Unedited Book For this donation you get to write an unedited page (500 words) of your thoughts on what should be said on the theme of mental health. It needs to fit within the ethics of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but otherwise you will have freedom to express what you will alongside all contributors to the conference and exhibition. You can be named or write anonymously - whatever you please.

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Signed Book: Who’s Hurting Who? Young people, self harm and suicide by Helen Spandler Research study on individual and group interviews with young people. Designed to allow the young people to speak for themselves, it provides evidence on how, for them, self harming and attempts at suicide have a range of positive functions. Concludes with insights into services that should be developed. Signed by Helen Spandler: https://tinyurl.com/y7jvpdr5

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Living with Voices: 50 stories of recovery by Marius Romme, Sandra Escher, Jacqui Dillon, Dirk Corstens A new analysis of the hearing voices experience outside the illness model resulted in accepting and making sense of voices. This study of 50 stories forms the evidence for this successful new approach to working with voice hearers. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/y8ksyvw7

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The New Politics of Experience and The Bitter Herbs by Theodor Itten, Ron Roberts Critiques the practices of psychotherapy and psychology and asks searching questions about the neoliberal motives that drive them. Theorising of the human condition too often follows the ideological fashions of the day, which could currently be described as biological/corporate fundamentalism. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/ybulfdzj

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Book: Wild Therapy; Undomesticating inner and outer worlds by Nick Totton Therapy is by nature wild; but a lot of it at the moment is rather tame. This book tries to shift the balance back towards wildness, by connecting therapy with ecological thinking, seeing each species, each being, and each person inherently and profoundly linked to each other. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/ydxkunx9

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Book: Politicizing the Person-Centred Approach: An agenda for social change by Gillian Proctor, Pete Sanders, Mick Cooper, Beryl Malcolm An international collection of papers offers critical analysis of the person-centred approach and its position on difference and diversity; class; culture and racism; sexuality; power and gender issues. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/y8zv7gb4

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Signed Book: Asylum to Action Paddington Day Hospital, Therapeutic Communities and Beyond by Helen Spandler Offers an alternative history of a libertarian therapeutic community at Paddington Day Hospital in West London in the 1970s. It recaptures the radical aspirations, as well as the conflicts, of the early therapeutic community movement, radical psychiatry and the patients' movement. Signed by Helen Spandler: https://tinyurl.com/ycaylw9a

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Book: Searching for a Rose Garden edited by Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney An incisive critique of all that is unhelpful about sanestream understandings of and responses to mental distress. Drawing on world-wide survivor activism and scholarship, it explores the toxicity of psychiatry and the co-option and corruption of survivor knowledge and practice by the mainstream. Contributed by PCCS Books: https://tinyurl.com/y7gv52t5

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Book: This is Survivor Research edited by Peter Beresford Alison Faulkner Angela Sweeney Diana Rose Mary Nettle At the forefront are people with experience as mental health service users/survivors who have taken a lead in pioneering a new approach to research which is now commanding increasing attention and respect. This for the first time details this important new approach to research. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/ya2tnf97

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Book: Safe with Self-Injury; a practical guide to understanding, responding and harm-reduction by Kay Inckle An essential resource for anyone who has a supporting role or relationship with someone who hurts themself, whether in a professional or informal context. It is also a useful resource for people who self-injure, to help them to explore their experiences and to keep themselves safe. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/y8gu959z

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Book: The Dynamics of Power in Counselling and Psychotherapy by Gillian Proctor This hard-hitting, impeccably referenced book draws on academic theories and analyses of power and the author's personal experience both as client and practitioner to critique power within the psychotherapeutic relationship and within the organisations where therapy takes place. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/y8hr3ufr

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Book: Tales from the Madhouse; An insider critique of psychiatric services by Gary Sidley Critiques of psychiatric practice that are powerfully backed up by moving, and at times disturbing, stories taken from his long years of practice as a mental health professional. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/ydaf7n7k

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Book: Psychiatry in Context; Experience, meaning & communities by Phil Thomas Examines the central role of contexts in understanding psychosis and distress. The contexts in which we all exist, social, political and economic shape and give meaning to our lives for good or for bad. Scientific research confirms how contexts of adversity such as trauma, abuse, and racism can lead to psychosis. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/yb6wn5ms

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Book: Testimony of Experience; Docta Ignorantia and the Philadelphia Association Communities by Bruce Scott Research carried out with people who have been residents of the Philadelphia Association, set up in the 1960's by R.D.Laing and co. Today, there are few places left for people to escape our modern plight; the cognitive and neuroscientific imperialistic discourse of mental distress. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/ya2cdlv6

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Book: Our Encounters with Self-Harm by Charley Baker Clare Shaw Fran Biley Unmediated, unsanitised narratives by service-users, past service-users and carers. These stories of direct experience will be of great benefit to those interested in narrative enquiry, and to those studying and practising in the field of mental health from those who have experienced self-harm directly. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/yc2qhlf2

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Book: Our Encounters with Madness by Alec Grant, Fran Biley, Hannah Walker A collection of user, carer and survivor narratives, this book is grouped under five themes: On diagnosis; Stories of experience (of mental health problems); Experiencing the mental health system; On being a carer and Abuse and Survival. The narratives are unmediated. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/ycyykfrj

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Book: Madness Contested; power and practice by Steven Coles, Sarah Keenan, Bob Diamond This contests how both society and Mental Health Services conceptualise and respond to madness. Despite sustained criticisms from academia, survivor groups and practitioners, the bio-genetic model of madness prevails and therefore shapes our notions of what madness is, who the mad are and how to respond. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/ycfusmpr

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Book: R.D.Laing; 50 years since The Divided Self by Theodor Itten, Courtenay Young Writings critically appraising Laing’s life, work, frailties, brilliance, and his wide and varied influences over the last half century. You will find transcripts, memoirs, newly commissioned articles and a few previously published papers. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/y8sgr97x

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Book: Real to Reel; Psychiatry at the cinema by Ron Roberts The cinema has an important presence in modern life, not just for its contributions to entertainment and the economy but also because of what it tells us about ourselves and our societies. Psychiatry’s appearance on the big screen reflects psychiatric practice at the same time as shaping our understanding of it. Donated by PCCS books: https://tinyurl.com/y7vvxh36

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Signed Book: Deconstructing Psychopathology by Ian Parker, Eugenie Georgaca, David Harper, Terence McLaughlin, Mark Stowell-Smith Accessible and practical, Deconstructing Psychopathology provides a critical perspective on the institutions, practices, and presuppositions that underlie the study of psychopathology. The authors challenge the traditions of the field in three key ways. Donated by Ian Parker: https://tinyurl.com/y7g523dh

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Signed book: Madness, distress and the politics of disablement Edited by Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, Bob Sapey Explores the challenges of applying disability theory and policy, including the social model of disability, to madness and distress. It brings together leading scholars and activists to explore the relationship between madness, distress and disability. Hardback Book signed by Helen Spandler: https://tinyurl.com/y8mrjbcs

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Signed Book: Surfacing by William Park In 1990 awarded a major Eric Gregory, and in 2003 he gained an MA in Poetry from Liverpool Hope University College. His poems have appeared in The Observer, Poetry Review and Stand. The book includes a poem The Fragmenting set on a psychiatric ward; And another about an identity crisis, Mirror-Talk. Signed by William Park: https://tinyurl.com/yd2o3e9u

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Signed Book: Beyond Belief: Alternative Ways of Working with Delusions, Obsessions and Unusual Experiences This book explores ways of helping people who have unusual beliefs and offers a ground-breaking way of helping people deal with unusual beliefs. This enables people to benefit from knowledge and an approach to help us change the way we as a society approach beliefs we find unusual. Donated by Tamasin Knight: https://tinyurl.com/yce3waox

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Named as a sponsor of the exhibition and conference You will be personally identified as a sponsor of the exhibition and conference in the Asylum Unedited book plus all the public spaces of the project. Your support is deeply appreciated as someone who has helped bring all the project together. There are so many rewards on offer but we hope that youll think about this as advancing an important social, intellectual and ethical field. Thank you!

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