Call For Steering Group Members For Social Power & Mental Health Conference

Have you experienced mental health issues? Have you used psychiatric services? Are you frustrated with how mental health tends to be understood and portrayed?

If so, you can apply to join a steering group being run be Ed Kiely and Sam Strong.

The steering group is helping to organise an academic conference, called Social Power and Mental Health. The conference will be held on 25–26 March 2020 at CRASSH in Cambridge.

The conference explores how stigma and social circumstances contribute to mental ill health. It will include presentations on the latest research in this field, and discussions that anybody can join. We want to put people with lived experience at the centre of all of these conversations: chairing discussions, leading sessions and presenting their own research.

The steering group will make decisions on which speakers to invite. It will also help to write a set of guidelines for speakers and participants, to make the conference accessible.

The steering group will meet at least twice. Participants will be paid the living wage (£9 per hour) for attending.

We welcome applications from people of colour, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, those who are out of work and other under-represented groups. No previous experience is necessary.

If you would like to take part or if you have any questions, please email the conference organisers, Sam Strong ( and Ed Kiely ( They’re currently looking for another four members.

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