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Date(s) - 25/03/2020 - 26/03/2020
12:00 am


We are delighted to let you know about our 10th Compassionate Mental Health event that’s happening in Cardiff on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 March 2020 at the beautiful Canada Lake and Lodge

Turning towards Clarity‘ is a two day experiential event designed to inspire and catalyse change for people living and working with mental distress. The event is for anyone curious about a fresh approach, including people and families with personal experience, front-line staff, commissioners, managers, clinicians, GPs, policymakers and Third Sector staff. It is part of a series of events that bring together people who use services, with those who design and deliver them in a truly inclusive and collaborative way.

Compassionate Mental Health is part of a growing worldwide movement calling for a more integrative approach to mental health – one that relies less on diagnosis and prescription drugs, and more on empowering the person, communities and social networks.

Our speakers and facilitators will explore a range of approaches that will be of interest to anyone wanting to transform mental health care, and create safe, healing services in a variety of settings. It’s also a chance to explore non medical ways to support ourselves and others in difficult times.

There’s an exciting mix of plenary sessions and workshops, with plenty of opportunities for participation, reflection and connection, including a Wild and Well Feast on Wednesday night.

Workshops will include Open Dialogue – a compassionate approach to mental distress that was developed in Western Finland in Lapland over the past 30 years. It involves working with the whole family or network, rather than just the individual. Social worker Yasmin Ishaq from NHS Kent leads the first team to have adopted an open dialogue approach in the UK. She will share about the opportunities and challenges of bringing new ways of working into teams where the larger system runs on a “treatment as usual” approach.

Psychiatrist Pat Bracken will also introduce the World Health Organisation’s Quality and Human Rights Service b. The guide will be an international WHO publication, and offer examples of good practice in mental health from around the world. This is very much in tune with recent work from the UN Special Rapporteur on Health, Dainius Pūras, and will advocate for a move away from the currently dominant, biomedical, understanding of mental health issues. It will promote the idea that mental health services should be firmly built upon an approach that is guided by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and recovery principles.

Other workshops include sharing stories, compassion circles, creative approaches to psychosis, schema therapy and therapeutic voice work with international trainer Chloe Goodchild.

Each gathering is held in a space that is therapeutic in its own way. Our venue this time is set in a beautiful five acre site of secluded grounds and woodland in the countryside just outside Cardiff, 10 minutes from the M4 and 40 mins from Cardiff Airport.
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People say:

“For providers of services like myself, the opportunity to work alongside others like this, in a way that flattens out the hierarchies and allows true conversations about difficult issues to be held, is an opportunity not found elsewhere.”

”It provoked reflections in me about how I worked, how the organisations I am involved in work, and I led a reflective discussion in my peer group of psychiatrists about the experience, especially with regards to the way of working in Open Dialogue. ” ~ NHS Psychiatrist

“Exceptional, so glad it was on my doorstep. The fact people had travelled from far and wide shows the high regard the event was held in, and also the pressing need for change and the delivery of compassionate mental health services.”

Book to Join Us

Register today with our online booking form to join us for this unique event.

There are reduced fees for those with lived experience, nurses, social workers, students and small charities.

Individuals / Carers with personal experience can also choose to spread payments into 3 instalments between now and March. 

We also limited bursary places for people with personal experience – either of living with mental distress or supporting someone who does – who couldn’t otherwise afford to come. If you know anyone who might benefit from this then please ask them to send an email to ask@compassionatementalhealth.co.uk saying why they are applying and what they hope to gain from the event.