Mind-Reading 2017

Friday 10th March 2017 9:30am - 5pm at Studio Theatre, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

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Mental Health and the Written Word

In collaboration between 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.

‌We will consider the use of literary techniques such as close-reading and textual analysis in medical consultations, and the methods that can be used to increase the well-being and communication skills of medical learners, healthcare providers, patients and family members.

Programme Details

Click here to access Mental Health & The Written Word Programme Details‌.

Keynote speakers will include

  • Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Universtiy of Oxford)
  • Professor Fergus Shanahan (University College Cork)
  • Professor James V. Lucey (Trinity College Dublin).

This event is approved for 5 External CPD Points from the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.


To book this event:


Preconference Questionaire

We ask that all speakers and attendees complete a short pre-conference questionnaire so that we can gather some information about goals as well as the make-up of our audience. It is 15 questions in total.

The link to the survey is available here. 


We will be hosting a two-month long display in the library about mental health, and we do hope that you will enjoy viewing this material during your visit to the Lexicon.

Also our Colleague at UCD, Professor Kevin Malone, will be hosting a linked, curated art installation around the theme of suicide to coincide with the conference. This will be in the Lexicon for one week only.  This will open on Thursday evening- so we hope some attendees will be able to attend this pre-conference event.  This exhibit will run for one week only, with a mediated talk on Tues 14th March for those of you Dublin based. For more information please click here.  

Free tickets are available here.

Closing Reception

Please do join us for a social event at the end of the conference. We are organising a reception after the conference on Friday evening, which will take place in the Lexicon itself, where we will also be hosting our exhibition.


Resources from the Conference

On completion of a post conference questionnaire, attendees will be given access to resources from the conference


Other information: Travel and Accommodation

Please ensure you have considered your travel plans.  The dlr LexIcon is located on Haigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 H283.

It is accessible by Dart (Dun Laoghaire station) and by bus 7, 46A, 45A, 59, 63, 111

If you require accommodation, there are several hotels within easy distance from the venue:

Royal Marine Hotel 

This 4 star Hotel is located beside the dlr LexIcon


The Haddington (formerly Kingston hotel) 

This hotel is located in Dun Laoghaire, a few minutes walk from the venue.


Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

This Hotel is slightly further away, 15 minutes by car or 30 minutes by 46a bus


Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel

This hotel is also located 15 minutes away by car or 30 minutes by 46a bus


Tara Towers Hotel 

The hotel is located on the coast, 15-20 minutes’ drive from the venue, or 25 minutes on the DART or 7 bus



Event Organisers

Dr. Elizabeth Barrett (UCD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Dr. Melissa Dickson (Diseases of Modern Life project, Oxford).