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Thinking Outside the Pillbox

Unfortunately, the lift to this venue is broken; therefore, it does not have step-free access.

Past event - 2024
15 May Doors open 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
BAB NQ, 14 Little Lever St,
Manchester M1 1HR
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Are psychedelics the new anti-depressants? Can pain be treated without painkillers? Is the traditional pillbox a concept of the past? It's time to think outside the box as we explore a vast new world of therapies.

Mental Health beyond Drugs, Labels and Pathology

Prof. Peter Kinderman (Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool)
Our current approach to mental health, focused on diagnosis and medication, is doing more harm than good. We need a revolution in how we understand and respond to problems that affect our mental health. Instead of viewing psychological distress as a symptom of biological illness, we should understand how we respond to and are affected by the events and circumstances in our lives. Rather than relying solely on medication, we must prioritise psychological and social solutions. As the United Nations and World Health Organisation argue, we should tackle power imbalances, not chemical imbalances.

“The drugs don’t work”: Alternative Therapies for Chronic Pain

Dr. Donna Lloyd (Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Manchester)
Chronic pain is poorly managed by current drug therapies. Their lack of efficacy, distressing side effects and possibility of addiction make them unfeasible in the long-term. Fortunately, the advent of human neuroimaging has given us new insights into how pain is processed in the brain and how it can be manipulated. In this talk, I will show how we can harness the brain’s own power to change the experience of pain in chronic conditions, such as phantom limb and low back pain, and how technology is being used to provide alternative therapies for the management of long-term pain.

Silver Bullets or Silver Linings? What’s the Fuss About Psychedelics?

Prof. Sara Tai (Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester)
Enter the illuminating world of psychedelics to question whether they can really promise a transformation in therapeutic approaches for mental health and well-being. We will explore what psychedelic-assisted-therapy involves and the mechanisms by which it might address unresolved emotions and psychological distress through increased introspection and psychological flexibility. We will discover how psychedelics represent a potential paradigm shift within mental health; offering promising avenues for people to get themselves better. This is not a talk about another drug-based ‘silver bullet’, but an opportunity to step outside the pillbox and learn just how much the mind can do for itself.
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