Madness and Social Change: experience, politics & practice

August 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
John Wetherell

Book tickets for this workshop here

The workshop will facilitate new thinking, warm connections and possible plans, by encompassing and embodying madness, by creating a curious space, and by asking questions such as: 

  • What do experiences of madness have to contribute to radical social change? 
  • Where are the best places to make this happen?
  • What are the most effective and sustainable strategies?

It could be relevant to anyone using, or choosing not to use, mental health services; people interested in peer support; mental health professionals; and mental health activists.

We will watch films, have discussions and do some fun, creative activities from many directions and disciplines to explore everything from Anarchism to Zombies — including what we have to learn from nature, spirituality and superheroes to help us envision a less oppressive, more humane work and world.


Mirabai Swingler

Mirabai worked in the NHS in spiritual care for over a decade — before leaving in protest to focus on her passions of:

  • Radically mutual peer support (Spiritual Crisis Network, Hearing Voices Network, Intentional Peer Support, Talk for Health)
  • Progressive mental health services (Open Dialogue)
  • Mad activism (Only Us Campaign)


FREE No charge if you do *not* have an organisation willing to pay for your place, and are someone who experiences voices, visions or alternative realities.

£50 – Reduced Price – If you are on a low income, or from a racialised/BAME background, or from the LGBTQIA+ community. In cases of real hardship we may be able to offer payment by instalments and/or a reduction in price. If you need help in this way, please email We stand alongside those whom society disadvantages.

£75 – Standard Price – For self-funding individuals where you are comfortably able to meet your basic needs.

£100 – For people whose place can be paid for by a Voluntary Sector organisation.

£125 – For people whose place can be paid for by a Private Healthcare or NHS organisation.

*The full fee will be chargeable if you cancel less than 7 days before the event

If your organisation needs an invoice, or for any other help with booking, please contact John Wetherell. Email:

Mind in Camden, Barnes House, 9-15 Camden Rd, London, NW1 9LQ