Day One

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

9.00-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.20 Welcome and introduction from Simon Bradstreet (SRN), Judith Robertson (See Me) and Gordon Johnston (VOX) – live streamed

Follow Simon and Judith on Twitter – @SimonSRN and @SeeMe_Judith


10.20-10.45 Dr Heather Stuart – Keynote – live streamed

Dr. Heather Stuart was the first keynote speaker at the 2015 Rights for Life conference. Heather is Professor of Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen’s University Canada and in 2012 was appointed Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair. Heather’s presentation addresses stigma from a human rights perspective.


10.45-11.10 Graham Morgan (MBE) – Keynote – live streamed

Graham Morgan MBE was the second of our keynote speakers. Graham is a well-known spokesperson for HUG Action for Mental Health, a collective advocacy group that represents the interests of users of mental health services across the Highlands. Graham’s speech touches on a range of subjects, including mental health and human rights in a climate of austerity, stigma and self-stigma, as well as his own personal experiences.


11.10-11.30 Audience Q&A – live streamed

After their speeches, Graham and Heather took part in a Q&A session with the audience.


11.30-11.45 Break

11.45-13.00 Parallel panel discussions and consultations:


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13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Capacity and participationplenary panel discussion – live streamed


  • Colin McKay (Mental Welfare Commission)
  • Dr. Heather Stuart (Queen’s University, Canada)
  • Joyce Mouriki MBE (Voices Of eXperience)
  • Ron Coleman (Working to Recovery)
  • Shaben Begum MBE (Scottish Independent Advocacy Association)

Chair: Pennie Taylor


15.15-15.30 Break

15.30-16.30 Parallel showcases and consultations:

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16.30-17.00 Wrap up and looking to tomorrow

At the end of day one, we asked Chris O’Sullivan of the Mental Health Foundation to share a review of some of the online content and conversations that had taken place. Kuladharini of the Scottish Recovery Consortium then shared some of the content and conversations that had taken place at the venue.

Follow Chris and Kuladharini on Twitter – @mentalcapital and @Kuladharini_SRC

Download the full event programme in PDF format here.