‘FIRST, DO GOOD’: CRITICAL AND CREATIVE RESPONSES TO IATROGENIC HARM IN MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICES 

16th Annual Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Conference

6/7 or 8/9 or 12/13 NOVEMBER 2024 (exact dates to be confirmed in early July)

Background

SCHOOL OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES 

INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE IN THE 21st CENTURY

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND

AND

THE CRITICAL VOICES NETWORK IRELAND

 

‘First do no harm’ is considered a key ethical principle in health and social care practices. Yet, over the years, we have heard many accounts of harm caused by coercion, neglect, overmedication, adverse drug reactions, loss of dignity and agency from people who have used/are using mental health services. Over the years, we have also become aware of professionals who are concerned about potentially harmful caregiving practices but are afraid to speak out. The term ‘iatrogenic harm’ articulates these concerns, referring to the damage caused inadvertently by treatment and care, including diagnosis, intervention, error, or negligence.  This conference aims to provide a space to explore issues of iatrogenic harm caused by mental health practices, seeking and sharing creative ways to move towards ‘First, do good’ practices. 

Keynote Speakers Confirmed to Date

 (In alphabetical order)

  • Pat Bracken, Independent Consultant Psychiatrist, Ireland
  • Jacqui Dillon, Activist, Writer, Educator and Chair of ISPS UK, England
  • Agnes Higgins, Researcher, Professor in mental health nursing, Board member of Kyrie Farm and eternal optimist, and Mike Watts, Recovery activist, Ireland
  • Mark Horowitz, clinical research fellow in Psychiatry and co-lead clinician of the Psychotropic Deprescribing Clinic at North East London NHS Foundation Trust, England
  • Charles O’Mahony, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Galway, Ireland
  • Avril Scannell, Post Patient, Peer Advocate, and Deirdre Lillis, Advocate with SHEP (Social and Health Education Project) Advocacy Programme, Cork, Ireland

Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts (oral presentations/workshops) of 45 minutes’ duration related to the conference theme and outlining its aims and intentions. Please email your abstract (in Word- 250 words max) and a brief bio (in Word – 150 words max) to l.sapouna@ucc.ie by 18 September 2024. Inquiries to h.gijbels@ucc.ie or l.sapouna@ucc.ie. Registration details will be circulated in late September 2024.

Registration Details

Registration details will be circulated in late September 2024.  

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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