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Illustrating Futures: Graphic Medicine as Treatment for Mental Health in Children and Young People

22nd February 2023, 1pm – 3.30pm
NHS R&D North West in partnership with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Liverpool

Would you like to take a couple of hours out of your day to take part in a highly interactive online workshop that will provoke you into new ways of thinking? Learning and innovation happens when we are disrupted, when we are introduced to something that we haven’t come across before.
“Every time I come to any of these sessions or have anything to do with R&D NW, my brain just goes into overdrive and it really does make me think outside of my box” (Seminar participant)
The Provocations Seminar Series was launched in July 2021 with the first of six seminars, which looked at Racialised Consciousness using literary texts.  Some of the participants from this seminar are now developing projects with an English literature academic to explore the use of stories in enabling conversations between patients and clinicians.  One project is focused on stories as a way for patients from underserved ethnic minorities to talk about their experiences of pain. 
Since then, we have held two more seminars – looking at Public Health messages using Linguistics, and Music and Mental Health.  You can see more about these workshops here.  Outcomes from these seminars have included:

  • Ideas for exploring the impact of language used during treatment on health outcomes
  • Access to linguistic tools for assessing the ‘readability’ of text used in clinical practice and/or research.
Our next seminar in the series, Illustrating Futures: Graphic Medicine as Treatment for Mental Health in Children and Young People’ will be led by Dr David Hering, Senior Lecturer in English from the University of Liverpool and Co-Director at the Centre for New and International Writing.  The Seminar will take place on the  22nd February 2023, 1pm – 3.30pm.
In this seminar David will describe a methodology developed in collaboration that tests how graphic medicine can be used to address and treat mental illness in young people by combining the abilities of Higher Education Institutions, charities and social enterprises and major arts institutions through the medium of comics and visual art. This model comes from Illustrating Futures, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, UK-based charity and social enterprise Comics Youth and Tate Galleries. 
The session will outline how this collaborative model, which evolved from small workshops to larger scale public events, aims to give young people the space to both reflect on and create their own comics that address their mental health. 
We hope the discussion will lead to specific outcomes around the following: 
  • Understanding of the practice of graphic medicine 
  • How collaboration between institutions in the area of graphic medicine might engender greater mental health outcomes for young people 
  • How children and young people can be embedded within their own decision-making around matters of mental health 

To learn more about what will be on offer during this seminar please click here to watch a short film prepared by David.

We aim to identify some clear actions to take forward from each seminar, which might include, but is not limited to, continuing these conversations beyond the lifespan of the sessions - what these actions might be is up to you!
The seminar is facilitated in a way that aims to create a safe, inclusive space in which everyone feels able and empowered to participate and contribute. 
We hope you can spare us some time to share your thoughts with us on the 22nd February 2023.  It’s free to attend and can be used to help build your CPD portfolio.  If you know of colleagues who may be interested in this session, please forward them this information and ask them to register below. 
This is a FREE ONLINE EVENT and will be delivered via MS Teams and to attend the event please register your interest through Eventbrite.  Click here to register.
If you require any further information regarding this seminar please 
contact  Further details regarding the session and how to join will be sent out once you have registered.


‘The Lived Experiences of People Bereaved by COVID-19’ is our next seminar and will take place on 1st March 2023, 12-2.30pm.  It will be led by Professor Lynn Sudbury-Riley from the University of Liverpool’s Management School and will explore two of the findings from their recent research with people who lost relatives to COVID-19.


To attend the event please register your interest through Eventbrite, CLICK HERE
For more information on the seminar please email Joanne Simpson by clicking here
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