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Just what *is* the role of digital tech in health and social care? #EHWK16

The following is the text of a talk  ”Why Digital Technology Might be our Best Ally Rather than our Worst Enemy” given at London’s Olympia by Mark Brown as part of UK e-health week 2016. Today I’ve been given the … Continue reading

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Just what is the point of health professionals in social media? #wgt16

The following is the text of a talk given by Mark Brown at We Get Together 2016 at Salford University on 29th February 2016 I want to share a speech that I first made at NHS Expo in 2014 about … Continue reading

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Reflections on a shadow minister for mental health

Mark Brown reflects upon what the advent of a (Shadow) Minister for Mental Health means for mental health debate in England. On Sunday 7th of February 2016 I was lucky enough to be present at Changing Minds, a weekend long … Continue reading

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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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