Monthly Archives: October 2013

Map of the hundreds of Hearing Voices groups around the globe

INTERVOICE Networks and Groups – Google Maps.

For those with an interest in this approach to distressing voices (auditory hallucinations) and distressing beliefs (paranoia), there is a chance to participate in the fourth World Hearing Voices Congress 2013, next month in Melbourne

Exhaustion (One day workshop, University of Kent, Friday 25 October 2013)

Will exhaustion make it into the DSM? Probably not until it can be medicated (although this could reduce the number of other disorders substantially, from the look of this programme…).

Centre for Medical Humanities Blog

Friday, 25 October, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury
Funded by the Wellcome Trust
Organised by Anna Katharina Schaffner

This interdisciplinary conference explores different medical, psychological and socio-political narratives on the origins of and cures for exhaustion. Experts from diverse disciplines (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists, occupational health specialists, literary scholars and filmmakers) will talk about different diagnoses that entail exhaustion as one of their core symptoms, the different forms exhaustion can take, its history and the wider issues that are at stake in theories of its aetiologies and effects.


9.15 – 9.30                 Conference Registration

9.30 – 9.45                 Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner (Senior Lecturer, Comparative Literature, University of Kent) WELCOME

9.45 – 10.45                Prof. Sir Simon Wessely (Professor of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) A Short History of Exhaustion

10.45 – 11.15              Dr Jenny Laws (Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Geography and Centre for Medical Humanities…

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How to facilitate and support self-determination of patients in psychiatric practice

EPA 30th Anniversary Ethics Symposium 2013
15 November 2013 – Council of Europe – Strasbourg, France
How to facilitate and support self-determination of patients in psychiatric practice
Abstract of presentation by A. Heinz, Prof. Dr. med.
There is currently a debate between legal practitioners and psychiatrists on different forms of compulsory treatment and their ethical implications. This debate is based on different concepts of autonomy and its prerequisites. We advocate an approach that centers on the individual demands of the person, promotes open settings and focuses on intensified relationships

WHO WE ARE 30th Anniversary Anniversary Symposium | European Psychiatric Association.

Faces and Voices of Recovery

Recovery tool kits: Faces and Voices of Recovery.

Mental health: integration is the key to the revolution : The Lancet

Hold that Thought!

Just published, by Tim Carey: Mental health: integration is the key to the revolution : The Lancet.

See more about his ideas about transdiagnositic approaches to psychopathology here:

Eugenics in Australia: The secret of Melbourne’s elite

Eugenics — the science of improving the race —was a powerful influence on the development of Western civilisation in the first half of the twentieth century. And Melbourne’s elite were among its chief proponents.

In this period all the institutions and practices of modern societies came into being and eugenics played an important role in moulding them.

As the home of the Australian federal government in the early decades of the twentieth century, Melbourne was the ideal place for activists wishing to pursue a national eugenic agenda.

The role of the University of Melbourne

An important leader of this loose alignment of like-thinking middle class academics and doctors was the Professor of Anatomy at Melbourne University from 1903 to 1929, Richard Berry. His influence extended beyond the university, which still has a building bearing his name, to some of the most important members of the city’s society.

Read more at Eugenics in Australia: The secret of Melbourne’s elite.