SDHI was represented at the 2015 Dundee Science Festival with a stand to illustrate its applied interdisciplinary work. Dr Fred Comerford, SDHI Institute Manager invited displays related to the topic ‘perceptions’. Using visual illusions Fred demonstrated to visitors that what we see and hold for being ‘real’ or ‘true’ may be deceptive. The theme was also reflected in the display by Kirsty Miller, PhD student in psychology who presented a very timely topic considering for example the refugee crisis in Europe: perceived in-group vs out-group differences that may impact on how likely we act to help others. Jean Cathro of the social enterprise, ‘Crossing countries, challenging boundaries, changing lives‘ engaged children and adults through art work, craft and video presentation. SDHI has repeatedly reported on this innovative social enterprise on this blog. Crossing truly challenges mis-perceptions about disability, ethnicity, gender, age and other characteristics that so often create unnecessary and hurtful divisions. Finally, Dr Ed Hall, Geography challenged in his display concepts of place-based vulnerabilities of communities that experience prolonged electricity failures. Simple categorisations of ‘vulnerable people’ are not useful or informative as ‘vulnerability’ is always contextual and relational. The event at the Dundee Menzieshill Community Centre was very well attended with some families spending several hours there to explore the many exciting displays and presentations.
The University of St Andrews World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for International Child & Adolescent Health Policy (WHO CC) at the School of Medicine are holding their inaugural event ‘How violence influences young people: three perspectives‘ featuring a policy debate about how violence influences young people. This event brings in internationally renowned experts and builds on the work launched by the International Collaboration on Violence Prevention Policy Development.
This will take place on Thursday 24th April, from 2-5pm at the University of St Andrews School of Medicine (Seminar room 2).
The following distinguished speakers are confirmed:
- Vivian Barnekow, WHO Programme Manager for Child and Adolescent Health
- Donald Henderson, Head of Public Health Policy at Scottish Government
- Emily Rothman, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University
- Renee M. Johnson, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medicine
This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Refreshments will be provided.
Please see flyer for further information.
The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) in partnership with The Lyceum, Lisa Nicoll Productions and the University of Stirling are holding an afternoon of talks from a variety of speakers on the topic of Young Peoples’ Mental Health & Wellbeing and the Arts on Thursday 21st of March.
This free event will culminate in the premiere of ‘Stolen Promises‘, a short film drama produced by Lisa Nicoll and developed with and starring young people from the Armadale Youth Space in West Lothian. This event is in conjunction with The Lyceum theatre’s production of Takin’ over the Asylum. Both the film and play have story lines that explore mental health and wellbeing and show how the arts and health can be brought together for a wide audience.
Who can attend?
This event is open to everyone and will be particularly relevant for those who work with young people, in the field of mental health and wellbeing, or in the arts.
What are the benefits of attending?
The event will provide the opportunity to hear and learn from a variety of speakers on the subject of mental health & wellbeing and the arts, with a particular focus upon Scotland. The event will also provide the opportunity to see, for the first time, ‘Stolen Promises’, a short film developed with young people from the Armadale Youth Space, tackling issues around mental health & wellbeing. The event will be attended by mental health professionals, arts professionals, researchers and other interested parties. This will be a fantastic opportunity to network, meet others and build professional relationships.
How do I register?
If you would like to attend this event please book through the Lyceum website at www.lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/special-events/takin-over-the-asylum