Join the RSA Surrey Network this June as we explore the changes in the way we as a society choose to deal with mental health.
What we call ‘mental illness’ has always been unsettling for all societies. Containment was the preferred method of dealing with people with mental health issues from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries: the sufferer could be safe while normal society was protected from ‘lunacy’ or ‘imbecility’, the terminology of the past. Surrey residents may well be familiar with the history of the old hospital at Brookwood.
Though practices to deal with mental health issues are changing, society still has a remaining problem with how to cope with people of all ages who are suffering mental distress.
Both the broadsheet and tabloid press have items about an 'epidemic' of mental illness among young people, as well as adults of working age and the elderly. Whether this is a real increase in mental illness or the result of a reduction in stigma, making asking for help more acceptable, it is hard to be definitive.
What can be said is that changing family patterns, work place stress, uncertainty over employment with the end of jobs for life, fractured social bonds, insecure housing, and debt all have a part to play.
Jeremy Ross FRSA will review the changes in the way we as a society choose to deal with mental health, look at the particular problems facing us today, and discuss how we design appropriate services for now. Jeremy is a qualified social worker, was until recently a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Kingston University and the Chief Executive of a mental health charity. He is now an independent consultant and practice educator.
Join us from 6 to 6.30pm for light refreshments; the session will begin at 18:30.
It is free to attend but please register your place through the link above.
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Location: Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH