Conference outline (Leicester, UK)

Mental Health, Migration and Resilience: innovative arts based methodologies for research policy and practice

 Tuesday 22 October 2019, Leicester, UK

Globally, there are an estimated 258 million international migrants, and 763 million internal migrants. And while much of the mental health literature on migration explores negative risk factors for ill health, there is growing recognition that such a focus may obscure our understandings of people’s positive capabilities for mental health, and this in turn can lead to over-reliance on expert-led top-down interventions at the expense of bottom-up community-based approaches. Meanwhile, the concept of resilience is increasingly applied within health care and development fields.

The aim of this conference is to examine mental health resilience in relation to migration and public mental health; we also explore how such resilience might best be supported and developed in ways that are practical, acceptable and appropriate. The conference also examines how innovative participative methodologies – such as community theatre and other participatory arts – can help explore and give voice to migrants and their stories, particularly in relation to mental health and resilience. This conference is for medical, health and social care professionals and service providers, as well as for those engaged in health based arts work: including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and educationalists; it is also for service commissioners, service users, carers, academics, policy makers and voluntary sector organisations.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Professor Mike Wilson (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Dr Mark Crossley (DMU, UK)
  • Andy Barrett (Excavate theatre, UK)
  • Professor Raghu Raghavan (DMU, UK)
  • Professor Brian Brown (DMU, UK)
  • Professor Sivakami Muthusamy (TISS, India)
  • Dr Ashok Dyalchand (IHMP, India)
  • Professor Dinesh Bhugra (KCL, UK) tbc
  • Professor Santosh Chaturvedi (NINHANS, India)
  • Dr Nilesh Gawde (TISS, India)