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Are We Mad? Critical Perspectives on the Canadian Mental Health System

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Keynote speakers include authors Bob Whitaker and Don Weitz at this University of Alberta event in Canada starting 1 March 2008.

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When Mar 01, 2008 06:35 PM to
Mar 02, 2008 06:35 PM
Where University of Alberta, Canada
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The treatment of [those considered] "mentally ill" in Canada, both by the law and by larger societal forces, is an ongoing source of concern. This conference will examine this treatment and provide critical perspectives which, although prevalent in much academic literature, are generally not understood or appreciated by the public. In particular, the legal, social and ethical implications of the medicalisation of mental illness, disease mongering by the pharmaceutical industry, the inherent power disparities and grievous dangers attendant to the idea of involuntary hospitalization, revisionistic and patient-centric positions on patient rights, and the ramifications of widespread xenophobia with respect to the mentally ill will all be addressed.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

  • Robert Whitaker, Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist and author of Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

  • Don Weitz, co-founder of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:

Deadline: February 4th, 2008.

See conference web site for more information.

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