Admission Price: Free to attend, please book a place
Location: Room ELG03, entrance via Northampton Square
The English Department invites you to a screening of the award-winning 1994 Documentary Dialogues with Madwomen, followed by a discussion of women’s experience of mental health diagnosis and treatment. This event is open to anyone with a personal and/or professional interest in women’s mental health.
Dialogues with Madwomen presents the narratives of seven women, amongst them the filmmaker, diagnosed with a range of conditions, including depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and explores their experiences of mental distress, treatment and recovery. It examines how personal and societal trauma often lie beneath psychiatric diagnoses and raises important questions about how we can best seek to understand and support women experiencing mental health issues.
Clare Allan (chair) lectures in creative writing at City, University of London. A former service user, she has written extensively on matters relating to mental health. Her novel, Poppy Shakespeare, a satire on mental health services, was short-listed for numerous awards, including Mind Book of the Year, the Guardian First Book Award and the Orange Prize for new writers. She writes a column for The Guardian on issues concerning mental health, which has been running since 2006.
Shirley McNicholas is Women’s Lead for Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust and was the founder of Drayton Park Women’s Crisis house alongside a group of women who had used mental health services. A group continues to meet 22 years later to ensure women’s mental health is heard within the Trust and within the wider systems. Shirley is a feminist and strongly believes in women only services provided by women.
Andie Rose has been using Drayton Park Women's Crisis House for a number of years after having had many hospital inpatient admissions. Since using this women-only service she has found her voice in her madness, and continues to campaign for women’s mental health within the women’s strategy group.
If you have any queries concerning this event please email Callum Coupland, Department of English
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2.00pm - 5.00pmWednesday 25th April 2018