Every year, Cardiff University and Manchester University, together with Irwin Mitchell and 39 Essex Street, put on a conference called 'Taking Stock', which reviews developments under the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act. I went in 2011, kicked myself for not attending in 2012, but am planning to go this year. The conference always has a great blend of academics, legal practitioners, usually a judge as well, and guest speakers. Last year's speaker was Ruby Wax (who you probably know as a comedian, but who has also experienced depression herself and set up Black Dog Tribe in response). This year, Professor Elyn Saks will be speaking. Professor Saks is a mental health law academic, but she has also spoken about her own experiences with schizophrenia - most notably in this TED talk. Hopefully I'll see some of you there!
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1958
'Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person... Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.' Eleanor Roosevelt, 1958