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Talking our way to mental health



WITH the idea of talking therapies taking shape as government policy, The Manchester Salon is leading a discussion on the benefits of positive thinking therapies such as CBT.


More than £400m of public money has been earmarked for talking therapies as a way to combat mental illness in an increasingly unequal society.

One of the speakers at the debate, Professor Dennis Hayes, will question the growing army of counsellors and therapists cashing in on unhappiness. Dennis Hayes is Professor of Education at the University of Derby and a visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University and was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2010.


Dr Kenneth McLaughlin is a lecturer in social work at Manchester Metropolitan University, with mental health one of his specialist subjects. He will talk about how the ‘authoritarian’ consequences of politicising mental health therapies.


Nick Clegg has described his commonly held view that "everyone knows someone who has had to deal with anxiety, depression, eating disorders or other problems. They are so often overlooked and ignored because there is a stigma attached to them compared to physical health problems. What I would like is that stigma removed".


While mental health charity Mind, explains on its website that there is a great deal of controversy about what mental health is, what causes it, and how people can be helped to recover.


This discussion will be of particular interest to mental health professionals, teachers, anyone who has suffered from depression or undertaken therapy. It will question the trend for therapeutic intervention which politicians seem so intent to confer.



Date:  Monday, 16 May, 6.45pm (nibbles from 6.30pm)


Venue: Blackwell University Bookshop, The Precinct, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RN. A charge of £5 (£3 concession) to cover incurred can be paid in advance by using the PayPal Donate button on the Manchester Salon website, but can also be paid for on the night if booked in advance by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 May 2011 07:15
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