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EVENT: Written in sand not stone: Using theatre to promote reflection on the tensions surrounding psychiatric diagnosis and its consequences.

Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020

Time: 17.00 - 20.00

Location: Pierhead

Description: The aim of this project is to produce a theatre performance based upon observations of diagnostic mental health assessments, carried out for research purposes. The performance will be used as a means of engaging with mental health professionals, service providers, and service users on the role played by psychiatric diagnosis in influencing access to mental health services and support. The script will be written and produced by ‘Reality Theatre’, a South-Wales based company that specialise in dramatising social issues for diverse audiences. The theatrical performance will be used to stimulate audience dialogue and debate on the problems surrounding diagnostic uncertainty, exclusion and service access. More specifically, the event will aim to raise awareness regarding the fluid and (at-times) imprecise nature of psychiatric diagnosis, of the divisive potential of strictly categorical understandings of diagnosis, and the difficulties for those experiencing diagnostic uncertainty. The ultimate aim of this form of engagement will be to encourage services and professionals to consider using diagnosis more flexibly, encouraging the development of services for those who fall in the gaps between diagnosis-specific services.

Open to the public: The event will take place outside our normal opening hours therefore attendance will be by invitation only

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