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Nathan Filer - The Language of Madness

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Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall

483 George Street

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Sydney, NSW 2000

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“There is no uncontroversial language when talking about mental illness – and that includes the phrase 'mental illness'” says Nathan Filer in his new book, The Heartland, praised as an “entertaining and absorbing” narrative and historical exploration of schizophrenia. (The Guardian).

The Big Anxiety Prize is awarded to a creative thinker advancing the discussion of mental health. With a background in mental health nursing, Filer is interested in people and care systems – and what happens when someone receives a diagnosis of a so-called disorder. His experience as both a care professional and researcher has led him to the conclusion that it is time to rethink mental health labels and anti-stigma campaigns completely.

The Heartland is the non-fiction follow-up to Filer’s debut novel, The Shock of the Fall, a story of a young man negotiating grief and mental illness, which won multiple awards including the Costa Book of the Year, 2013. With The Heartland, Nathan Filer has produced an “effortlessly-readable” study of the seemingly-transient nature of the symptoms, language and treatment of schizophrenia over time, unpacking a complex and fascinating subject.

Following the talk, Nathan will discuss and challenge current orthodoxies around causes, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness with a panel of experts.

Chair: Professor Jill Bennett, The Big Anxiety, UNSW

Respondent: Dr Richard Schweizer, policy officer at One Door Mental Health who will speak from his own lived experience of schizophrenia and recovery, & policy officer at the NSW Mental Health Commission.

Dr Emma Tseris, lecturer in Social Work and critical mental health theory at the University of Sydney.

Dr Mark Cross – Consultant psychiatrist, Big Anxiety presenter and SANE board member.

Presented with UNSW Centre for Ideas.

Workshop: To understand more about the experience of psychosis and experience a simulation of voice hearing,join a Hearing Voices workshop, prior to the lecture 3pm-5.30pm in Lower Town Hall.

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Lower Town Hall, Sydney Town Hall

483 George Street

Lower Town Hall, entrance via Druitt Street.

Sydney, NSW 2000

Australia

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