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10th Anniversary Events – August 2013

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Thursday 8 August, 2013

Human Rights Advocacy for People with a Mental Illness
Public forum with keynote speaker, Patrick Corrigan, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology
Venue: Tim Winton Lecture Theatre, Curtin University
Co-hosted by the Curtin Centre for Human Rights Education and The Mental Health Commission.

About the keynote speaker:
Patrick Corrigan is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to this, Corrigan was professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago, being there for 14 years. Corrigan has been principal investigator of federally funded studies on rehabilitation, the stigma of mental illness, and consumer operated services. Ten years ago, he became principal investigator of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research, the only NIMH-funded research center examining the stigma of mental illness. More recently, the Chicago Consortium evolved into the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE), supported by NIMH as a developing center in services research.  Centered at IIT, NCSE includes co-principal investigators from Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers. One recent study supported by NIAAA, NIMH, and The Fogarty Center examined the stigma of mental illness endorsed by employers in Beijing, Chicago, and Hong Kong. In the last few years, Corrigan has partnered with colleagues from the Department for Veteran Affairs and Department of Defense to develop and evaluate anti-stigma programs meant to help soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan seek out services for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when needed.  Corrigan is a prolific researcher having published eleven books and more than 250 papers.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

On the Day:
Nearly 80 attendees came to the forum at Curtin University to listen to Professor Corrigan speak from his extensive experience as an advocate of people with a mental illness. Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from CHRE was the MC for the evening and after light refreshments in the foyer, she introduced the topic and the speaker who talked about the attitudes and stigma that ‘remains a stubborn problem for those seeking recovery’ from mental illness. The work that Professor Corrigan is doing in this area, and specifically in the Program ‘Coming Out Proud’ is ‘designed to aid in the facilitation of disclosure of certain aspects of lived experience with the objective of reducing the self-stigma associated with mental illness.’ Find out more about this program here.

Thank you to the Mental Health Commission of WA for partnering with us to realise this event.

Thursday 1 August, 2013

Dear Mandela
Screening of the documentary by Dara Kell and Christopher Nizza
Venue: Tim Winton Lecture Theatre, Curtin University
Organised by PhD candidate of the Centre, Gerard Gill, in collaboration with CHRE.

About the documentary:
“DEAR MANDELA brings us into the everyday lives of three dynamic leaders of the movement. Determined to stop the evictions, Mazwi, Zama and Mnikelo met with their communities by candlelight to study and debate new housing legislation. The shack dwellers discovered that the innocuous-sounding Slums Act legalized mass evictions and violated the rights enshrined in the country’s landmark Constitution. They challenged the Slums Act all the way to the highest court in the land – the hallowed Constitutional Court.”

(From the Dear Mandela website)

On the Night:
Over 130 very keen attendees came together at the Curtin University Tim Winton Lecture Theatre for the showing of the documentary. Dr Lynda Blanchard from the Centre for Human Rights Education introduced Gerard Gill and highlighted the anniversary and work of the Centre for Human Rights Education. Gerard then gave a brief background to the documentary before the screening and mentioned his work with the activist group that the movie is about. Thank you to Gerard for organising the event in collaboration with the Centre.

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