Presented by DLR LexIcon in collaboration with UCD Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Oxford University, this one-day programme of talks and workshops seeks to locate and to explore productive interactions between literature and mental health both historically and in the present day.
Listening to patients, telling their stories
Professor James V. Lucey (Trinity College Dublin)
Mining Medicine from Literature
Professor Fergus Shanahan (University College Cork)
Literary Texts and Medical Case Studies
Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford)
We hope that participants enjoyed Mindreading 2017 and we extend our sincere thanks again to all our speakers, participants and supporters. We are delighted to offer the following sessions summaries from Dr Elizabeth Barrett to help you take your mindreading further and in case you missed any of the references.
Dr Elizabeth Barrett is a consultant in child psychiatry at the Children's University Hospital, Temple St and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at the UCD School of Medicine.
From Diseases of Modern Life
Both literature and clinical medicine deal with issues such as subjective identity, selfhood, and the social and cultural determinants of health and well-being. This is particularly brought to the fore in the complex relationships between mental illness, the patient, and the physician. At times, this may involve engagement with questions of pain, trauma, language, narrative, and expression, and the disruption and reconstitution of selves. As well as providing insight into these most basic and universal of human concerns, and the attitudes and experiences of people coping with illness or making decisions about their health, how might literature usefully inform the science and practice of clinical medicine?
There is ongoing stigma in society associated with mental illness, and also with suicide. Lived Lives is a longitudinal science / arts community intervention research project which addresses stigma through its ability to contain, mobilize and actively engage communities sensitively, inclusively and with compassion.
A mediated, interactive talk about the impacts of the Lived Lives project within communities will take place on Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 6.30pm in the DLR Lexicon Studio Theatre as part of the week long Mental Health and the Written Word event. Places are limited and counselling support will be available.