Disability and Mental Health Working Group

The Disability and Mental Health Working Group is a newly-established interdisicplinary grouping of ISS21 researchers with interests in social scientific perspectives on disability and mental health.

Across the Colleges and Schools of UCC, there is a considerable amount of teaching and research underway in the areas of disability and mental health, with a diversity of research approaches and paradigms. The ISS21 Disability and Mental Health working group has enjoyed a number of productive meetings since 2013, during which the ambitions and objectives of the group have been discussed and developed. There have also been a number of seminar events. The first of these seminars had a mental health focus and took place on Friday the 28th of February. Darius Whelan (Law) presented on the topic of Paternalism in Mental Health Law, while Lydia Sapouna (Applied Social Studies) and Harry Gijbels (Nursing and Midwifery) jointly presented on the topic of ‘Critical Perspectives in Mental Health’. The second seminar took place on Friday 23rd May and on that occasion guest speaker Liz Brosnan spoke on the topic of critical enquiry in research. This was followed by stimulating discussion and a workshop session for working group participants. The most recent seminar was presented by Stuart Neilson (Adult and Continuing Education) and focused on the topic of 'Sensory environments and autistic spectrum disorder'. 

The working group looks forward to further development in 2015, and in particular to pursuing collaborative interdisciplinary projects between members.

New members welcome - contact Cluster Leader Dr Gill Harold (g.harold@ucc.ie).

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