‘Critical perspectives on the lived experience of distress and mental health services’

14th Annual Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Conference

16th and 17th November 2022


Lived experience of distress and mental health services is increasingly identified as significant in shaping better understandings and responses to human suffering. Lived experience informs research, activism, service development, and, to a certain extent, policy, and education. However, concerns are also expressed that lived experience is not recognised as expert knowledge. This year’s conference provides opportunities to honour the contributions of lived experience to changing knowledge, attitudes, and practices in mental health and to address some of the challenges in recognising the value of lived experience. This conference will consider:


  • what do we understand by lived experience?
  • what do we know about the contribution of lived experience in mental health matters?
  • the diversity of lived experience
  • issues of credibility and representation
  • whose interests are served by and through lived experience?
  • how do we create environments to honour, and nurture lived experience?

Video Presentations of Conference 2022

‘Critical perspectives on the lived experience of distress and mental health services’

Welcome to the Conference – Lydia Sapouna and Harry Gijbels

Keynote Presentations

The Disruptive Potential Of Lived Experience Leadership. – Rai Waddingham
Expert By Experience – A Rare Breed – Martha Griffin
Launch of Mad In Ireland (MII) Website – MII Team
The Service User Researcher as ‘Trickster’? – Konstantina (Dina) Poursanidou, PhD.
Beyond the pale? – Raza Griffiths
Lived Experience is Political. – Liz Brosnan

Concurrent Sessions

A Critique of the Romanticisation of Indigenous Systems of Care in the Global South. – Dr. Sonia Soans

Conference Organisers

Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies and Harry Gijbels, School of Nursing and Midwifery (retired), Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.

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