On September 14th, Danilo Dondici (one of our volunteers) presented a paper about Change Minds at the two-day conference ‘Uniting Two Perspectives on Mental Illness: Philosophy and Linguistics’ hosted by the University of Essex, in Colchester.
It was an exciting opportunity to discuss the project with mental health experts from a range of UK universities and people involved in the mental health sector as users and professionals.
Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the talk raised much interest among the audience and beyond, with twitter traffic reaching the excellent bipolar blogger Charlotte Walker, who is interested in how we read contemporary case notes. Questions focused in particular on the innovative approach to mental illness, the use of asylum records for therapeutic purposes, and participants’ experience in the project. Examples of participants’ creative work were used in the presentation, including Nineteenth-Century Blues, a poem written by Stewart Swann.
Danilo Dondici has kindly given us permission to publish his paper, please click on the link below.