First Do No Harm: Iatrogenic Harm in Mental Health   

26 Apr 2022

Hosted by: the ISS21 Disability & Mental Health Research Cluster & Critical Voices Network Ireland

Speaker: Jacqui Dillon (author and activist)

Details & registration: here

Iatrogenic harm refers to the injury, either physical or psychological, caused inadvertently by the process of treatment. This seminar, co-hosted by ISS21 and  CVNI, explores the phenomena of iatrogenic harm: what is it, how is it caused what can be done about it. This seminar is of particular significance in light of the recent reports on harm caused by practices in CAMHS in Ireland. Following the tradition established by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, doctors agree to uphold a certain set of values, including the imperative to do no harm. Unfortunately, following our encounters with traditional psychiatric services, for many psychiatric patients, both the ideas and the practice of biomedical psychiatry have proven to be harmful to many of us. Misdiagnosis, compulsory treatment, adverse drug reactions, negligence, overmedicalisation, are all relatively common experiences within psychiatric services. 
Jacqui Dillon is an activist, author, and speaker, and has lectured and published worldwide on trauma, abuse, hearing voices, psychosis, dissociation, and healing. She is a key figure in the international Hearing Voices Movement, has co-edited three books, published numerous articles and papers and is on the editorial board of the journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. Jacqui is Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London, Visiting Research Fellow at The Centre for Community Mental Health, Birmingham City University and a member of the Advisory Board, The Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care, St Catherine’s College, Oxford University.

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