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Policy labFriends Meeting House - Lecture Room

Policy Lab: Capitalism and mental health

Sat 21.09.19
3pm – 4:30pm

Communities across the UK face increasing isolation and glaring structural inequalities. But the Government and drugs companies continue to ignore the social and environmental causes of mental distress. Instead, most face limited choices when seeking support, 7 million are prescribed antidepressants, and many are at risk of institutionalization and further trauma. Capitalism is destroying our mental health and our services, it's time to take action!

Join this session to offer ideas and policy proposals on how to revolutionise mental health services in this country. We will work together to to ensure that lived experience is at the centre of all policy making.

This is part of our 'Manifesto for the Movement' project. Over the course of the four days, hundreds of festival attendees in collaboration with policy experts will build a ‘Manifesto For The Movement’ - a radical document that will be presented to MPs at the end of the festival. Get involved in any TWT Policy Lab to be a part of this


Paul Atkinson is a psychotherapist, a member of Free Psychotherapy Network and an activist.

Nicola Saunders is a psychotherapist working in homelessness, previously working in NHS & Community services. She is a member of Free Psychotherapy Network.

Dr Jacqui Dillon is a campaigner, writer and activist, and is the former chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England. She has personal and professional experience and skills in working with trauma and abuse, dissociation, ‘psychosis’, hearing voices, healing and recovery.

Jon Ashworth is a British Labour and Co-operative Party politician, who has served as the Member of Parliament for Leicester South since 2011, and is the current Shadow Secretary of State for Health.

Malcolm Phillips is Counselling Programme Lead for Hestia and was founder and chair of Safoa, the National African and Caribbean Mental Health Network. He is a board member of the UK Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Alba Kapoor is a Labour activist and works for a Labour MP

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