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Conference to explore alternatives to psychiatric medication

11 March 11


A one day conference is being held at the University of Bradford on Wednesday 16 March to explore the implications and alternatives to taking psychiatric medication.

The conference, organised by Evolving Minds, in association with the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford will deliver talks from a number of internationally renowned speakers as well as practical workshops.  It aims to raise awareness of the issues that surround psychiatric medication.

During the conference debate and discussion will take place about; approaching emotional well-being, an empowering approach to medication, holistic approaches to coming off medication, and different perspectives on the benefits of psychiatric medication use.

Speakers at the event include Richard Bentall from Bangor University, Jo Moncrieff from University College London, Phil Thomas from University of Central Lancashire and Rachel Waddingham from Voice Collective London.

Speaking about the event, lecturer at the University, Dr Paul Sullivan, said: "This conference is a wonderful opportunity for those attending to share experiences of taking medication, taking less medication or not taking medication at all."

Clinical Psychologist and Evolving Minds organiser, Dr Rufus May, said: "Our society is using psychiatric drugs more than ever before but there are alternative ways to treating mental health problems.  Many people don’t know that there are health risks if we rely too heavily on psychiatric drugs and people need more information about what these drugs do, what their limitations are and what the alternatives are. This conference will share useful information about this growing issue."

11 March 11

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