Labelling and mental health stigma – Thurs 1 Feb @CI_NHS

Tom Burns

Is the labelling of mental health conditions always helpful, or can it lead to additional stigma for service users?
For our next “Mental Health Matters” event, Tom Burns, C&I Non-Executive Director, Professor Emeritus of Social Psychiatry at Oxford University and Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at UCL, will suggest that competence and progress require the categorisation of knowledge.
This is to permit testing and identification of treatments and without categorisation mental health professionals are not ‘professionals’, he will argue.
An alternative view on labelling of conditions will be shared by one of our service users who will outline how it can sometimes generate unnecessary stigma in relation to mental health issues.
Further perspectives from other attendees will be welcomed.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. To confirm your place please email 
• Our “Mental Health Matters” programme is our series of informal quarterly meetings for Trust members – principally service users and staff – to discuss issues relating to mental health. Previous topics covered include OCD, quitting smoking, race equality in mental health, future mental health policy and art therapy.
Date: Thursday 1 February 2018
Venue: Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital
Time: Doors open at 5.30pm, for a 6pm start