Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Update: our Toronto visitors

Phew! What a busy couple of weeks we have had.

David Reville and Kathryn Church visited us from Toronto. They are both lecturers in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University.

Since Working Like Crazy came to the UK in 2001, CAPS and EUF have kept in touch with what is happening in Toronto.

When David visited Edinburgh in 2007, we asked him to talk about his course Mad People's History because we had been thinking about how we remembered our own history. It was great to hear about his course and about the Psychiatric Survivors' Archive Toronto.

This visit, David gave a talk called Working with Mental Illness. How people with mental health problems are denied opportunities for meaningful work, using his own story to illustrate his points.

On Saturday, David, Kathryn, OMH and some Edinburgh people met with two academics from the University of Central Lancaster in Preston.

Helen Spandler teaches on social work courses and Mick McKeown teaches on nursing courses. Mick also works with Comensus involving service users, carers and the wider community in the training and development of health and social care students. Helen is on the editorial group of Asylum magazine and also works with Survivor History Group.

And now we are busy thinking up ideas of what to do for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and for UK Disability History Month. Busy, busy, busy!

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