The Politics of Mental Health

Hosted by The Forum

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Victoria Dutchman-Smith

Emmy Eklundh

Emmy Eklundh

Professor Matthew Ratcliffe

Professor Matthew Ratcliffe


Dr Danielle Sands

At the intersection of the personal and the political, we explore the relationship between mental health and economics, politics, and society at large. Is it even possible to distinguish between mental illness that derives from an individual’s physiology or childhood experience and that which has broader social or political causes? Why do particular mental illnesses appear to characterize certain eras? Could social change limit the spread of mental illness in contemporary society?

Victoria Dutchman-Smith (@glosswitch) is a journalist and commentator.

Emmy Eklundh is a Teaching Fellow in Spanish and International Politics, King’s College London.

Matthew Ratcliffe is Professor for Theoretical Philosophy, University of Vienna.

Danielle Sands (@DanielleCSands) is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London and a Forum for European Philosophy Fellow. 

The Forum for European Philosophy (@ForumPhilosophy) is an educational charity that organises a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK. 

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