This conference continues to strengthen academic focus on building community and critique of the mental health system
We are delighted to have two keynote speakers, both closely linked to the development of Mad Studies. Lucy Costa, an activist and advocate based in Toronto, has most recently pioneered work addressing the issue of violence in the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities. Jijian Voronka’s cutting-edge work addresses questions of inclusion and peer-work in mental health. Both bring excellent and concrete examples of what Mad Studies can offer us empirically and conceptually in moving the conversation about “mental health” beyond the current paradigm.