Sociology of Mental Health Study Group: Archive of Events and Publications

The Group has developed a wide programme of work which includes conferences, panel sessions, journal special issues, reports and briefing papers.

Archive of Events and Publications

The Group has developed a wide programme of work which includes conferences, panel sessions, journal special issues, reports and briefing papers.

2022-2023 Seminar Series

The History and Politics of Self-Esteem, c.1960-90: An Exploratory Paper
Ian Miller, Ulster University
September 26, 2022 – 4pm-5pm (UK time) 

Seekers and providers: The colonization of circumstantial sadness and fear
Sigita Doblytė, University of Oviedo
October 17, 2022 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

Social Crises, Mental health, and Mental-Healthism   
Peter Morrall, University of Leeds
November 7, 2022 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

The multiple flaws in the concept of 'stigma' in mental health
Diana Rose, Australian National University
November 28, 2022 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

Stigma, mental illness & ethnicity: Challenging dominant, damaging narratives
Dharmi Kapadia, University of Manchester
December 12, 2022 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

Stigmatising on a blank page? On the obviousness of stigma in contemporary mental health research
Amy Chandler, University of Edinburgh, and Baptiste Brossard, University of York
January 9, 2023 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

“Every Joy will Follow in Grief’s Footsteps”: Understanding a Different Perspective of Distress
Jerome Wright and Janaka Jayawickrama, University of York
March 27, 2023 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

Depression, self and society: An analysis of Japanese depression memoirs
Hiroto Shimizu, The University of Edinburgh
April 17, 2023 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

Eating disorders on-screen: A critical feminist analysis of the mini series ‘ Physical’
Alison Fixsen, Westminster University
May 15, 2023 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

Stories of self-harm: Endings, ongoingness, and narrative structure from the perspective of lived experience
Veronica Heney, Durham University
May 22, 2022 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)

Understanding Mental Distress: Book launch 
June 12, 2023 – 4pm-5pm (UK time)
Rich Moth, Liverpool Hope University and Guests


9 June 2021 (9:30am-3:30pm BST)
Sociological Perspectives on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Agenda in Educational Settings
A virtual event via Zoom - Download Abstracts

12 October 2018  (1pm-5pm)
Building alliances: Mental health activism and the academy
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

10 June 2015
PsychoPolitics in the Twenty First Century: Peter Sedgwick and radical movements in mental health
Liverpool Hope University, UK

11 September 2014

Mental Health, Mental Health Care and the Family Symposium at the BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference
Aston University, UK

13 June 2014

Sociology of Mental Health Study Group Symposium: Social Movements and Sociology Knowledge on Mental Health: Where are we now? - Slide Presentations - Flyer - Briefing Paper
University of Wolverhampton, UK

12 September 2013

Sociology of Mental Health Study Group AGM and book launch - Mental Health Service Users in Research: Critical Sociological Perspectives, edited by Patsy Staddon (taking place at the Medical Sociology Annual Conference)
University of York, UK

10 June 2013
Sociology of Mental Health Study Group symposium: What does sociology need to contribute towards or against the wellbeing agenda?
BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London, UK

5 September 2012
The Group held it's AGM at the BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual conference in Leicester. This included a presentation of a research briefing on adult community learning and mental health.  Read the 2012 AGM Report.

9 May 2012
Co-convenor Lydia Lewis helped to organise a day symposium on 'Patient and Public Involvement in Health Care: Implications of the Big Society' which took place at the University of Leicester.  Please contact Lydia for abstracts from the event.

7 June 2011
A Difficult Alliance? Making Connections between Mental Health and Domestic Violence Research and Practice Agendas
Edge Hill University, UK

1-3 September 2010
Follow-up Symposium on 'Sociology of Alcohol Use: Future Directions' at the BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference
Durham University, UK

6 February 2010
BSA Sociology of Mental Health Study Group Study Day: Alcohol and Mental Health - REPORT
BSA Meeting Room, London, UK

Seminar Series 2009
Researching in Mental Health: Sociological and Service User/Survivor Perspectives
The Study Group hosted a very successful joint seminar series with the Survivor Researcher Network in the academic year 2008-9. The series took place at the Conference Centre at the British Library in London.  

Download the report submitted to The Sociology of Health & Illness Foundation.

Review 1 June presentations:

Review 11 May presentation:

Review 6 April presentation:

Papers from 2 March:

Sessions from the Inaugural Seminar are available to review:

April 2009
'Between 'Rights' and 'Experience': Sociological Reflections on the Politics of Mental Health'
Cardiff City Hall, UK

A seminar based on papers by Mark Cresswell and Lydia Lewis published in a themed issue of Social Policy and Society (vol. 8, issue 2, April 2009), 'Mental health and Human Rights: Sociological and Social Policy Perspectives' was held at the BSA annual conference in Cardiff in April 2009. Abstract. Journal themed issue.

Our fifth AGM took place at the Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference at the University of Sussex on Friday 5 September 2008.  The event included a presentation from Dr Susie Scott, University of Sussex on her award-nominated book, Shyness and Society: The Illusion of Competence (2007, Basingstoke: Palgrave).

A panel session, Medicalization – Demedicalization of Depression, including presentations from David Armstrong, David Pilgrim and Ann Rogers, took place at the annual Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, 4-6 September 2008 at the University of Sussex.

Members of the Group have recently hosted an ESRC seminar series.  See:

A panel session, 'Well-being and recovery: connecting natural and social worlds' took place at the BSA Annual Conference, 28-30th March 2008.  View Joe Sempick's paper, 'Being outside: exploring perceptions of nature and health in therapeutic gardens' and Jean Nee et al's paper, 'Supported socialisation: first reflections on a randomised controlled trial'.

The Study Group held its fourth AGM at the BSA Medical Sociology Group conference on 7th September 2007 in Liverpool. Click here to view the report.

The group hosted its second day symposium on the 22nd June 2007 at the University of Warwick. The theme of the event was Mental Health and Human Rights: Sociological Perspectives. Click here to view the programme from the day, and here to view the abstract book.  A report of the event and themed section of the international journal, Social Policy and Society, are also available.  Selected presentations can be viewed as follows:

Third AGM at the BSA Medical Sociology Group Conference at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh on 15th Sept. 2006.  Click here for a full report.

A panel session about Social Capital and Mental Health was held at the BSA Medical Sociology Conference (14-16 September. Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh).  Presentations were as follows: Jerry Tew,  'Reclaiming Bourdieu: finding a paradigm that fits the experience of mental health service users'; Martin Webber, 'Social Capital and Recovery from Depression'; Ross Graham, 'A Convivial Mutiny: Sticking up the Bank of Social Capital'.  The session was chaired by Lydia Lewis.

Panel session at the 2006 BSA Annual Conference (21-23 April, Harrogate International Centre) on the them of The Sociology of Mental Health: Continuity or Change?  Presentations were as follows:  Dr Peter Morrall on 'Post-Liberal Mental Health and the Status of Realism in Mental Health Policy' and Dr John Aggergaard Larsen, Insight in Mental Illness and Individualisation.  The session was co-organised and chaired by Dr Joanne Warner and Louise Woodward.

Second AGM at the BSA Medical Sociology Group Conference, University of York on the 16th September 2005. Click here for the full report.

Held its first meeting at the BSA Medical Sociology Group conference on the 18th September 2004 and plans to hold this on an annual basis. Click here for a report of the first meeting.

Hosted its first one day symposium in Nottingham on 30th June 2005. Click here for a report of the event and on the following links to access selected papers presented at the event:Larsen;  Page;  Pilgrim;  Chidlaw;  Leze.   A special issue of the Journal of Mental Health based on this event is now available (Volume 16, issue 3).