09. October 2019 - 12:00 till 15:00
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Shared Solidarities 5: Mental Health in an Age of Austerity | De Montfort University | Wednesday, 09. October 2019

Mental Health in an Age of Austerity: De Montfort University, Wednesday, 9th October 2019  

Keynote Speaker: Dr Sally Ruane, Reader in Social Policy, and Director of the Health Policy Research Unit

Registration: 12noon - ends 3/3.30pm

The Media Discourse Centre at De Montfort University (www.dmu.ac.uk/mdc), and the Meccsa Social Movements Network, is pleased to host the 5th Annual Shared Solidarities symposium (a free event with tea and coffee provided). 
Shared Solidarities, initiated by Meccsa members at Sheffield Hallam, is a symposium which brings together campaigners and academics to 'reflect on both theory and on concrete practices' (Ros Brunt, 2018). Previous events, held at Sheffield Hallam, have included 'Galvanizing the Women’s Movement' (which included papers on digital activism) and 'Framing Catastrophe' (which analysed the nuclear threat and discussed climate change).
In recent years, the issue of Mental Health has attained considerable media exposure, at a time when the resources devoted to this realm are either restricted or devolved to the private sector (Campbell, the Guardian, 2019). On the one hand, therefore, public awareness of mental health is high, while on the other there is a major crisis in support.  Meanwhile, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report (2018), shows that mental illness affects an estimated 84 million people across Europe. This symposium addresses the nature and extent of the crisis, together with the efficacy of state, corporate, and community response.
Invited panel members include:

Sally Ruane: Reader in Social Policy, and Director of Health Policy Research Unit, De Montfort University (invited keynote on overall NHS context) confirmed
Andy Brown: Mental Health Inclusion Officer, De Montfort University confirmed
Catherine Crook: Programme Officer (Mental Health and Wellbeing), Leicester City Council confirmed
Tania Shah: Leicester Mental Health Partnership Board and Former Community Advocate and Peer Advocate at Lamp Mental Health