This talk was recorded and presented for the launch of the OPRC, Opening Psychology for Changing Times in Summer 2021.
Current mental health discourse often refers to the value of ‘lived experience’ and ‘experts by experience’. But what does it really mean to take experience seriously, especially Mad experiences? This talk will highlight the value of experiential knowledge generated through a range of sources: including psychiatric survivor testimony, radical mental health zines and activism. I suggest that seriously attending to this knowledge can be unsettling, contradictory, yet ultimately rewarding.
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Spandler, H. and Poursanidou, D. (2019) Who’s Included in the Mad Studies Project? Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. V1