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Our turbulent minds: everybody's crazy but nobody's ill!
Tue, May 2, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM BST
In the first of our Public Engagement Events held during the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference 2017, our President Professor Kinderman will set out his manifesto for change in which he argues that mental health problems are fundamentally social and psychological issues. Peter believes diagnoses should be replaced with straightforward descriptions of our problems and we should reduce our use of medication, using it pragmatically, rather than seeing it as a cure.
Professor Kinderman said:
"Radical change is needed in how we think about mental health. The idea that our more distressing emotions are nothing more than the symptoms of physical illnesses, which can then be treated like any other medical disease, is pervasive and also profoundly flawed. Vulnerable people can suffer as a result of inappropriate treatment and sometimes radical remedies are needed. I believe we need wholesale change, not only in how we understand mental health problems but also in how we design and commission mental health services."
As a result of his research activity and roles in professional bodies Peter has many media appearances. Most notably Peter hosted a two-episode BBC TV Horizon piece exploring the validity of psychiatric diagnosis. More recently Peter was a consultant to the BBC programme ‘Mind over Marathon’, where 10 people with a history of mental health problems undertook to run the London Marathon in conjunction with the Heads Together Campaign and supported by Princes William and Harry. Peter was also a consultant to the ground-breaking BBC ‘Headroom’ campaign; one of the first coordinated media campaigns on mental health.
Tea and Coffee will be available from 5.30pm.
Please book a ticket to secure your admission.
Our second event Weird Psychology: The Science of Strange Phenomena will be held on 5th May 2017 at 6.30pm. Tickets for this event can also be booked on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weird-psychology-the-science-of-strange-phenomena-tickets-33153589278