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Personal budgets and mental health: Scotland isn’t England

Personal budgets for people with mental health difficulties to use to find ways of meeting their own self defined needs are more often debated than seen in the wild. Mark Brown reflects on Scottish experiences of making personal, or self … Continue reading

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Is clinical research essential to develop a good mental health app? #mindtech2015

The below is a speech made by Mark Brown opposing the motion “This house believes that clinical research is essential to develop a good mental health app” at the Elfie Debate - Can research really tell you how to make a … Continue reading

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How can digital technology make better mental health for all?

Text of keynote speech given my Mark Brown to the Royal College of Nursing 21st International Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research conference: “Building new relationships in mental health nursing: opportunities and challenges” in Manchester on 18th September 2015. The question I’m … Continue reading

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People, health, technology and messy smallness: In defence of people driven digital health

Text of a speech delivered by Mark Brown at NHS Innovation Expo 2015 as part of the pop up university session ‘Creating Conditions Digital Innovation’ in Manchester on September 2nd 2015. I’m betting that a number of you are here … Continue reading

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“The first rule of CAMHS club is that no one knows anything about CAMHS club”: Helping young people to prepare for their time in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Everyone wants to sort out child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), but where to begin?  Mark Brown looks at the way that the web app Doc Ready is being developed to help young people with their journey through mental … Continue reading

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“Your policy is my life” – What could clinical psychology do to change the world?

The following is the text of a speech given by Mark Brown to the ‘Clinical Psychology: Beyond the Therapy Room’ conference in London on Friday 12th June 2015. A video of this speech can be found here. I’d like to … Continue reading

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Mental health activism: who speaks and who listens?

The following is the extended text of a talk given to a session on activism and empowerment in mental health by Mark Brown at the Rights for Life: supporting Recovery and Ending Discrimination conference in Glasgow on 2nd June 2015. … Continue reading

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At the mercy of prevailing winds: people with mental health difficulties and austerity policies

Mental health isn’t just something that is about treatment.  For those of us that experience difficulties with our mental health, they’re something that tend to seep into all areas of our lives.  In common with other disabilities, mental health difficulties … Continue reading

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People driven digital health: solving problems people actually have

The below is the text of a talk by Mark Brown given at the mhealth Habitat event ‘People-driven health and wellbeing’ on Thursday 14th May 2015 at Open Data Institute, Leeds.  I’ve been asked to be a little provocative about … Continue reading

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No time for breathing space: the voluntary and community sector in #mentalhealth

 The below is the text of a speech given by Mark Brown to The Mental Health Providers Forum Conference Lunch 2015 at the Kia Oval, London on 22nd April 2015 I’ve been given the job this afternoon of presenting some … Continue reading

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