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Mad Studies Meeting 10 June 2021

(Lived Experience Practitioner Focus)

  • Free
  • Zoom

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**********PLEASE NOTE LATER DATE THIS MONTH ********** Are you a Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP)? (Mad) Academic? Student? Clinician? Service User? Carer? Come and join us - Mad Studies is for everyone :-) This month's Mad Studies theme is Activism. Mad Studies itself is born from activism, as is Mad Literature. The Birmingham Mad Studies Group itself was actually set up as a response to local needs, a form of activism by its very existence. Mad Studies this month has been postponed for a week because of activism - facilitator Tamar was exhausted, as well as various regular members and planned guests, all struggling from the impact of various projects. So, activism is a perfect theme for this month's meeting: 1. STOP SIM!!!! Serenity Integrated Mentoring sounds fairly harmless. Peaceful even? So why on earth has it caused so much controversy, with calls to ban the service within the NHS? Mad literature and writing has to be so reactive, it doesnt always make it into books or papers. Read the home page of the Stop SIM site to view Mad research, action and writing in real time. Come to the group to dialogue with the people behind the protest. 2. Activism, Exhaustion & The Loss of Mad Knowledge - A Discussion: If we are so tired fighting that our knowledge doesn't make it into the academic written word, how do we prevent it being lost? How do we own our own stories in the literature? Do we tell them ourselves, or delegate? Create our own medium for communication? Join the conversation! Our monthly Birmingham Mad Studies group has a central focus on supporting Lived Experience Practitioners (i.e. peer support workers, service user researchers, service user consultants, etc) in their work through developing knowledge and being with others who work in their field. However, in the true spirit of 'Mad Studies', others who have an interest in this area are welcome to attend and learn. LXP's work alongside many other people, so sharing knowledge with others can help develop mutual understanding and strengthen working relationships. Please book your FREE place so that we have an idea of numbers to expect and can send you details of the papers being considered and Zoom details. Support other Mad projects: You can buy Asylum magazine here: You can read MadCovid Diaries here: 2021 Dates: 10 Jun 1 Jul 5 Aug 2 Sept 7 Oct 4 Nov 2 Dec

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