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The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) conference incorporated



The theme for The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) conference is Recovering citizenship. The conference we explore the changes that have occurred since The Burdekin Report and whether this had led to citizenship being recovered. On asking this question we consider what does the future need in its design? What does the community need to feel and look like to support citizenship and not to exclude people from economic, social, political and cultural life? Can we reach a consensus on what citizenship means to us across cultural lines/boundaries? What role does a civil society have in relation to citizenship?

Mental illness has a long history in the evolution of collective notions of citizenship. Citizenship conveys status, and certain rights and responsibilities yet this can look different to each person. A diagnosis of mental illness can disrupt and challenge the notions of citizenship and results in change in people's status and rights and responsibilities. Does citizenship feel and look the same to all groups within our society? There is a need to better understand what citizenship means in mental health care as currently outlined in mental health policies and recovery-oriented service delivery.

Keynote speakers include:


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Last updated: 29 May 2012
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