Call for Speakers – Covid-19 and mental health

Do you have experience of mental health issues and/or psychiatric service use?

Are you conducting research into the effects of Covid-19 on mental health?

If you answered yes to one (or both) of these questions, then we’d like you to apply to speak at the Social Power and Mental Health Conference.

Social Power and Mental Health is an online conference hosted by CRASSH, University of Cambridge on 19–23 April 2021.

It will bring together people with lived experience of mental health challenges, and researchers. Our aim is to start conversations between these two groups of experts. We also recognise that many people belong in both groups.

We’re looking for people who would like to speak about the impacts of Covid-19 on mental health.

In particular, we are interested in hearing about how these impacts have been affected by social power.

Disempowered social groups face an increased risk of mental health issues. They are more likely to experience difficult economic, social and environmental conditions. Race, gender, sexuality, disabilities and social class intersect with these.

What does this mean for Covid-19 and mental health?

If you would like to give a presentation of up to 15 minutes at the conference, please write a 250-word abstract (title and description of your presentation), and send it to There is no requirement to disclose your personal experiences, although you’re very welcome to discuss them if you wish.

If you would prefer not to speak in front of an audience, let us know. You can submit a poster, or suggest another type of presentation e.g. a film, an audio recording etc.

Closing date for submissions: Monday 1 March 2021

If you have any questions, please email Ed Kiely,

Please let us know if you have any access requirements that you would like to discuss with us. Financial support is available.

Further information: 

We particularly welcome abstracts from people who are members of groups underrepresented in academia, including people of colour, LGBTQ+ people, and disabled people. We also encourage applications from early career researchers.

This interdisciplinary conference has been designed in collaboration with a steering group of local people with lived experience of mental health challenges and/or psychiatric service use. All submissions will be reviewed and decisions made by this steering group.

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