Mind Reading: The Role of Narrative in Mental Health

mind reading conference

Do clinicians and patients speak the same language? How might we bridge the evident gaps in communication? How can we use narrative to foster clinical relationships? Or to care for the carers?

This two-day programme of talks and workshops is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, UCD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Diseases of Modern Life and Constructing Scientific Communities Projects at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Together we seek to explore productive interactions between narrative and mental health both historically and in the present day. Bringing together psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, service users, and historians of literature and medicine, we will investigate the patient experience through the prism of literature and personal narrative to inform patient-centred care and practice, and focus on ways in which literature might be beneficial in cases of burnout and sympathy fatigue.


Key note speakers:

Professor Brendan Drumm (University College Dublin),

Professor Femi Oyebode (University of Birmingham),

Professor Chris Fitzpatrick (University College Dublin),

Professor Dame Sue Bailey (University of Central Lancashire),

Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford)


A draft programme is available here. Registration is now open and places can be booked here.


Public Engagement with Research
Constructing Scientific Communities
Diseases of Modern Life

Contact name: Kelly Merriman
Contact email: k.merriman@bham.ac.uk
Audience: Open to all