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Literary Festival 2015: Perceptions of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature

Literary Festival 2015: Perceptions of Madness: understanding mental illness through art, literature

Speaker(s): Dr Sarah Carr, Paul Farmer, Nathan Filer, Dr John McGowan | How mental illness is portrayed in art, literature and on TV can have a positive or negative effect on how the public perceives mental ill health. Representations of people with mental health problems can range from the mad psychotic criminal to people within their daily lives dealing with depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. This panel discussion explores how such presentations of mental illness can affect public understanding of mental ill health with insights from research and personal experiences. Sarah Carr (@SchrebersSister) has a background as a senior research and policy analyst in mental health and social care, with a focus on service user participation, personalisation and equality issues. She runs her own independent mental health and social care knowledge consultancy. Most recently she worked for the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) as a Senior Research Analyst and was seconded to t

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