Please note the new revised dates for this conference: 26th-27th September 2018

One in 4 families worldwide is likely to have at least one member experiencing mental ill health or behavioural difficulties. We know that attitude towards mental ill health vary among people from different cultures, ethnic background and countries. Mental ill health is stigmatised in many cultures forcing people to live in denial or preventing them from seeking help when they require it.  Culture and ethnicity affects perception of mental ill health, service access and utilisation. Culture influences the presentation and meaning individuals, family members and community members give to mental ill-health experiences and service access.

Where different cultures have divergent meaning systems, what counts as a symptom and what do the symptoms signify?  Are the notions derived from some cultures given less value because of racism or cultural arrogance? Are mental health services equipped to deal with the diverse definitions of what constitutes a ‘problem’ and ‘treatment? How universally applicable is Western biomedical disease medicine? Does one size really fit us all? To what extent are psychological therapies such as psychotherapy which promote an individualised notion of the self-applicable across all cultures?

The aim of this conference is to discuss and debate therapeutic practices, culturally appropriate and acceptable services models for diverse cultural and minority ethnic communities in the UK

This conference is for medical, health and social care professionals and service providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and social workers and educationalists. This conference is also for service commissioners, service users and carers, academics, policy makers, and third sector organisations.

For more information contact Danielle Beavon or Helen Douds;

T: +44 (0)116 257 7538/7891