Mind Reading had its beginnings in the discussions about life and literature that took place between Child and Adolescent psychiatrist Elizabeth Barrett (Children’s University Hospital Temple St & University College Dublin) and literary scholar Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham) during their time together as postgraduate students in London. Our ongoing collaborations are founded upon a few simple questions: do clinicians and patients speak the same language, and how might we use literature to bridge the evident gaps? What can humanities and health professionals learn from each other? How do we ensure the patient voice is central to clinical practice? Is there a role for literature to reflect on the interplay of physical illness, mental health, and our sense of self? What is the role of narrative medicine in reflective practice, and can literature assist clinicians to this end?
Our pilot conference, Mental Health and the Written Word, was held at the beautiful dlr LexIcon Library in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin in March 2017. The full conference programme, with more videos from the day, is availablehere
Our second conference, The Role of Narrative in Mental Health, was held at the University of Birmingham in June 2018. The full conference programme, with videos from the day, is availablehere
Our third conference, Adolescence, Literature and Mental Health, was held at St Anne's College, University of Oxford in May 2019. The full conference programme is available here.