Compassionate Mental Health

Compassionate Mental Health - From Isolation to Connection

Mon 24 Jun 2019 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Kingsley Hall, London

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Join us at iconic Kingsley Hall for From Isolation to Connection – a one day gathering exploring peer and network approaches to mental distress. It is a follow up to our successful first London event in April 2019 – and a chance for a more in depth look at Open Dialogue, a compassionate approach that was developed in Western Lapland in Finland. We’ll also hear about work that has been pioneered by peers in New York, and how by focusing less on the individual and more on the networks around the person experiencing the crisis – deeper, more lasting change can happen.

From Isolation to Connection takes place on Monday 24 June 2019 at Kingsley Hall in Bromley-by-Bow, London.

This one-day gathering is an opportunity to explore alternative approaches for living and working with mental distress. We’ll explore the importance of providing people with a safe and non-judgmental space to explore extreme states, and discover meaning in difficult experiences. We’ll consider how to rethink the way we treat severe mental and emotional distress, and ask is it time to move beyond the one size fits all concept of mental illness as disorder for life?

As with all Compassionate Mental Health events, we are calling for a more compassionate, trauma informed approach to mental distress. Ultimately we hope to work with others towards a new integrative approach, and inspire the growth of safe, healing mental health services that people want to use when they are in crisis.

A key message of all Compassionate Mental Health events is choice not coercion – compassion not control, and the understanding that a mental health crisis can become a meaningful turning point and catalyst for change. Along with many other critical voices – we are calling for a radical shift in the way we understand mental health, changing the script, challenging stigma and raising expectations.

Speakers and facilitators are:

Mark Hopfenbeck – Social anthropologist, and director of a post-graduate program in Open Dialogue and network meetings, Mark is head trainer on the Peer-supported Open Dialogue training run by North East London NHS Foundation Trust and co-investigator in the ODDESSI trial.

Sascha Altman DuBrul – Co-founder of the Icarus Project, a network of peer based mental health support groups and media project that is actively redefining the language and culture of mental health and illness.

Our new Speakers are joined by core Compassionate Mental Health team member Brigid Bowen.

All believe that with the right support recovery from mental illness can happen and a mental health crisis can be a transformative process.


Each gathering has been held in a venue that is therapeutic in its own way. Kingsley Hall has a radical 90 year history as a centre of peace activitism, progressive ideas, social justice and community engagement, and in 1965 became the home of RD Laing’s famous and controversial anti psychiatry experiment, using the Hall as an alternative community for treating people affected by mental health crisis.

Who is it for? 

The event is for anyone curious about compassionate approaches, including people and families with personal experience, front-line staff, commissioners, managers, clinicians, GPs, policymakers and Third Sector staff. Together we'll explore new ways of thinking about service provision, and how we care for ourselves and each other within our families, communities and workplaces. 

Join us in changing the conversation around mental health, challenging stigma and raising expectations - by moving away from labels that frame mental distress as disorders for life, and towards safe, healing mental health services that people want to use when they are in crisis.

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Register today and join us for this unique event. 

Our one day programme will be a mix of experiential sessions and a chance to exchange ideas, lessons learned and best practices - with plenty of opportunities for participation, reflection and networking.

It will also be an opportunity to find out more about Compassionate Mental Health – see the programme from our last event in April 2019

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We plan to have some limited bursary places for people with personal experience on a low income, please contact Brigid Bowen for more details 

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What do people say?

“Exceptional. The fact people had travelled from far and wide shows the high regard the event was held in, and also the pressing need to change and the delivery of compassionate mental health services.”

“Above all people were able to release shame , guilt and silence around their stories and to find like minded community.”

“Such a blessing. An oasis. I felt privileged to be a part of it. Beautifully organised, to the last detail. The professional delivery of the event was outstanding and the supporting literature of excellent quality.”

"You have created a unique and invaluable contribution to the future of mental health. My daughter took her own life two years ago. I believe if either she or I had had access to the material and the diverse community you have put together, there could have been a very different outcome.”

Cancellation refund policy:

Registrations cancelled more than 45 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees.
Registrations cancelled less than 45 but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees.
Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund.

Compassionate Mental Heath reserves the right to cancel the event due to events outside its control (e.g. illness of a speakers). Every effort will be made to give participants as much notice as possible, although this may not always be possible in some circumstances.

Photography and filming policy:

There will be discreet photography and filming taking place during the event (but not during workshops) which we will use for public information and publicity purposes. Please let us know on the registration form if you do not consent to be filmed or photographed.