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Lunch Hour Lecture:Anti Stigma Campaigns in Mental Health-winning the battle but losing the war?

10 October 2019, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Scrabble letters than spell the words mental health

Anthony David, Director of the new Institute of Mental Health at UCL, will discuss modest shifts in attitudes towards mental illness and the ways forward, such as promoting proximity and integration and advocacy.

This event is free.

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Emma Hart


Darwin Lecture Theatre
044: Darwin Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

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About the lecture:
Mental illness is one of the most stigmatised areas of modern life. Recently there has been a sea-change in the public conversation around mental health including concerted anti-stigma
campaigns. These include raising awareness, emphasising the ubiquity of mental health problems, changing the terminology and language of the discourse and challenging the disease status of psychiatric conditions. Is there evidence that these approaches are successful? Research reveals only modest shifts in attitudes and some authorities point to negative unintended consequences. I will discuss these issues and propose ways forward such as promoting proximity and integration and advocacy.

This lecture is part of our October series of UCL Minds Lunch Hour Lectures in recognition of World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October 2019. The aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts to support people with mental health issues.

About the Speaker

Anthony David

Director at Institute of Mental Health, UCL

Appointed Director of the new Institute of Mental Health at UCL in 2018. Prior to this Anthony was Vice Dean at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, KCL. He qualified in Medicine from Glasgow University and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London and is an academic and practising clinician with an interest in neuropsychiatry and brain imaging. Anthony has published around 600 scientific papers and co-edited several books including 'Insight and Psychosis' (OUP: 2nd Ed 2004); and 'The Self in Neuroscience and Psychiatry' (CUP: 2003). His forthcoming book "Into the Abyss" (Oneworld Publications) is a collection of neuropsychiatric cases histories.