collectif CONTRAST

consentement capacité contrainte santé mentale

The Essex Autonomy Project is looking for people who have lived experience of mental health or disability services

The Essex Autonomy Project is looking for people who have lived experience of mental health or disability services to help us train policy-makers and health and social care practitioners. You don’t need to be an expert in mental health law or disability rights, just willing to talk about your experiences.

We are particularly looking for people who could contribute to a training event in Manchester in the afternoon of the 26th or 27th June (we will be hosting supported decision-making expert Cher Nicholson for an intensive two-day course « on how to practically support individuals to make decisions » ).

Panel members will be paid for their time and have travel expenses covered. If you are able to help us, or would like more information, please contact us.

« Breaking the chains », a film by Erminia Colucci – Screening and Q&A on Friday 19 May 2017

The practice of using shackles, chains and cages to physically restrain people with mental illness (known as pasung) is widespread in Indonesia. This observational ethnographic documentary explores the perspectives of people who have experienced pasung and the families and healers who use it. The film follows the activities of an organization in Cianjur (West Java) run by Indonesians with mental health problems who collaborate with families to free people from pasung. The film-maker follows the workers as they visit family homes and traditional healers and tells the stories of several individuals who are released from pasung such as Yayah, a young woman who has been chained inside a small room for 17 years.
This sensitive and moving film engages with questions around the control and restraint of people with severe mental illness, the ethical dilemmas faced by families, particularly poor families living in remote settings, and the role of communities and mental health services in addressing these challenges. The film will be of interest to researchers in mental health, people who use mental health services, people working in mental health, culture, human rights and global health, and people with interest in documentary film and visual research methods.

 For more information, visit: breakingthechains

Screening on Friday 19 May 2017 – 6pm – Amphithéâtre François-Furet – 105 Bvd Raspail – Paris 75006

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Erminia Colucci and a panel composed of Ursula Read (Cermes3), Joan Sidawy (author of the blog Comme des fous), and Livia Velpry (Cermes3-Univ. Paris8).

More on the event, see the flyer.

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Coercion & QRMH

(Contrainte et recherche qualitative en santé mentale)

In early september, the 5th Qualitative Research on Mental Health Conference took place in the most pleasant venue on the hills of Chania, Crete. Actors and scholars from a variety of professional background, including sociologists and psychologists, gathered with the common, rather broad, interest of reflecting on current mental health practices using qualitative approaches. Although more that twenty nationalities were represented, a great number of participants came from the UK and Northern Europe. Livia Velpry attended this « international transdisciplinary forum » on behalf of the Collective Contrast. Her presentation, called « The Meaning of confinement in specialized psychiatric practices » and co-authored with Benoît Eyraud, relied on their paper that will appear soon in the journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. Drawing on an analysis of the recent development of high-security psychiatric units in France, the paper describes the efforts of some psychiatrists to incorporate confinement and coercion practices as plain clinical tools, efforts which collapse when confronted to the public critique of being security-driven.

During the same session, the only other French participant to the conference, Yannis Gansel, a psychiatrist and a doctoral student in anthropology at IRIS, echoed this concern for the meaning of coercion practices in psychiatric care in contemporary France. Focusing on the use of containment as a clinical term in care practices with adolescents, he traced its genealogy through a review of professional literature. Interestingly, then, the only two French presentations discussed coercion practices in psychiatric care. Lire la suite