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Mad People’s History & Identity course open

Mad People’s History & Identity is a six week Mad Studies course. It is delivered at Queen Margaret University and is open to anyone who has lived experience of mental health issues.

The next course starts on 27th April 2022.

Topics covered include:

  • Induction and Introduction to the course
  • What is Mad Studies?
  • What is Madness?
  • Madness and Intersectionality
  • Madness, Treatment and Confinement
  • Activism
A pile of books all about Mad Studies, against a red background

The course will give you the chance to:

  • Learn more about Mad People’s History & Identity in a relaxed and supportive setting
  • See yourself and others as “experts by experience”
  • Connect with advocacy and activist organisations, locally, nationally and internationally
  • Develop confidence and skills to prepare you for further or higher education
  • Complete an optional piece of writing to achieve 20 nationally recognised university credits (20 credits at SCQF level 7)
  • Discuss entry into college and university
  • Encourage students to see their own experience in a wider context and think critically about mental health and the mental health system

WHERE?  Queen Margaret University     

WHEN? 27th April to 1st of June on a Wednesday from 10am to 3pm


WHO CAN APPLY? Anyone with lived experience of mental health issues living in Scotland

HOW IS IT DELIVERED? On campus only no online option                                                          

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE AND APPLY?  Contact Elaine Ballantyne

This project is a partnership between Queen Margaret University, CAPS Independent Advocacy and NHS Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme.

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