ASYLUM Conference: “Action and Reaction” 28 June, 2017 Manchester


This will be a very special event, a day conference in Manchester to celebrate over thirty years of ASYLUM: International Magazine of Democratic Psychiatry. It will be held in the University of Manchester on Wednesday 28 June 2017. It will be an all-day low-cost conference, with a lower rate for subscribers to Asylum Magazine which will cover refreshments on the day. The theme of the day will be ‘Action and Reaction’, and we have in mind by that title a range of possible meanings, which include the kind of political action we need to build to defend our rights and build better services, and the struggle against reactionary attacks on mental health provision, and we have mind the kind of action that we collectively take and responses to what Asylum has been doing so far.

We would like you to contribute, with a talk about your experience or your work in the field of radical mental health, or a workshop, a session that brings together people to discuss what is happening now and where to go next.

The low registration charge for the conference will just cover the costs for the day. We do not have access to funding to cover guest speaker travel or accommodation, so we know this is a big ask. We are asking you to come to Manchester to be with us and many other activists, survivors and their allies. This will be a chance to take stock and discuss what we do next, and to share action about the many different kinds of networks you are involved in, to build those networks together.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements. The cost of registration will cover refreshments and lunches. Although we do not have any funding available to offer assistance with travel or accommodation, we are able to provide letters of acceptance of abstracts and certificates of attendance, which we hope would help many of you secure funding and accommodation independently. Please tell us in 100 words what you want to do at the conference, and tell us exactly what the letter of invitation should say, and we will do our best to provide you with an invitation that may be useful in asking your own organisation for financial help to attend.

If you need to stay overnight in Manchester before or after the conference, The University of Manchester Chancellors Hotel which has rooms available from 40 pounds per night,; and Luther King House which has rooms from 35 pounds per night, The conference registration does not include accommodation. We have space in the University of Manchester booked for the event, and this means that we will limit numbers attending. Please register sooner rather than later to secure a place at the conference.

Tell us if you can be with us on 28 June 2017, by replying by email to and registering for the conference at:

Best wishes, the Asylum Collective

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