Mental Health & Neoliberalism

 
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Date/Time
Date(s) - 26/01/2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
Professor Stuart Hall - Goldsmiths - University of London

Category(ies)


Mental Health & Neoliberalism

Public

Can today’s crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism?

This discussion will center upon the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, citing how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems.

This event titled, ‘Mental Health and Neoliberalism’, will seek to situate the growing awareness of psychological distress in relation to such exogenous cultural and economic structures of oppression, but also examine how new technologies may be amplifying certain self-obsessive psychological states, such as attention and feedback addiction from social media and mobile devices.

Each speaker will give a presentation of their research on this topic, before engaging in a Q&A with the audience.

Panel:
Dr William Davies
Co-director of Political Economy Research Centre, Goldsmiths University, Author of The Happiness Industry: How the Government sold us well-being

Dr Ruth Cain
Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Kent
Medical Ethics and Law, Mental Health Law

Dr Jay Watts
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Writer and Activist

📷 & Design: Tyler Parry

*** This event is free and open to the public ***

 

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