Plenary talks

Films of the plenary talks at the 2012 Refocus on Recovery conference in London. Includes mental health recovery advocates Mark Ragins and Mike Slade.

Recovery 2012 – Mike Slade
Mike Slade is a Reader in Health Services Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in South London. His main research interests are recovery-focused and outcome-focused mental health services, user involvement in and influence on mental health services, staff-patient agreement on need, residential alternatives to in-patient services, and contributing to the development of clinically useable outcome measures, including the Camberwell Assessment of Need and the Threshold Assessment Grid. He has written over 150 academic articles and 7 books. He co-authored Making Recovery a Reality (2008, free to download at, the most downloaded document ever published by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. His most recent books are Personal Recovery and Mental Illness (published by Cambridge University Press, 2009) and 100 Ways to Support Recovery (2009, free to download at Further information on his research programme is at


Recovery 2012 – Mark Ragins
Mark Ragins is the Medical Director at the MHA Village Integrated Service Agency in Long Beach, California, an award winning model of recovery based mental health services. He has worked there since its beginning in 1990 as a psychiatrist for the adult service coordination teams, the Homeless Assistance Program, the Transition Age Youth Academy, and now the Welcoming Team. His practice and vision have been grounded in more than 20 years of clinical work with some of the most underserved and difficult to engage people in our community. Countless numbers of people have come to experience the work being done at the Village first hand and Mark has given hundreds of presentations and lectures to wide ranging audiences nationally and internationally. He has become one of the true pioneers and leaders of recovery based psychiatry. Many of his writings are posted at including his short book A Road to Recovery which is also available at and has been translated into Japanese and Korean. He was featured in Steve Lopez’s book The Soloist. He has won a number of awards as well as being selected as a distinguished fellow by the American Psychiatric Association.


Recovery 2012 – Mary O’Hagan
Mary O’Hagan was a key initiator of the mental health service user movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s, and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She was a Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007. Mary is now an international consultant in mental health. She has written and spoken extensively on user and survivor perspectives in many countries, and has been an international leader in the development of the recovery approach.


Recovery 2012 – Peter Beresford
Peter Beresford OBE is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel University. He is also a long term user of mental health services and Chair of Shaping Our Lives, the national independent service user controlled organisation and network. He has a longstanding involvement in issues of participation and empowerment as writer, researcher, educator, service user and campaigner. He is a member of the Ministerial Reference Group for Adult Social Care, a Trustee of the National Skills Academy for Social Care and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Health Research. His latest books are Being A Mental Health Service User (PCCS Books, 2010) and Supporting People: Towards a person-centred approach (Policy Press, 2011).


Recovery 2012 – Nic Marks
Nic Marks is Founder of the centre for well-being and has led the well-being programme at net since 2001. He is a recognised expert in the field of well-being research and undertakes innovative research in the use of well-being indicators in public policy environments. Nic was the lead author of net’s innovative Happy Planet Index, a global index of human well-being and environmental impact. He was an advisor to the UK Government Office for Science’s Foresight project on ‘mental capital and wellbeing” which was published in October 2008, which included the creation of “the five ways to wellbeing”. He devised, together with others at the centre for well-being, the model and methodology behind nef’s report on National Accounts of Well-being, which gained extensive media coverage when launched in January 2009. Nic is regularly asked to attend speaking engagements and occupies a number of advisory positions as a result of his pioneering research. In July 2010 he gave a talk at the prestigious and influential TED global conference in Oxford, which is now available online at


Recovery 2012 – Paul Jenkins


Recovery 2012 – Paulette Ranaraja
Paulette Ranaraja became involved with mental health when her son fell ill in 1998. After retiring from a career in education, she became a volunteer carer supporter at the West London Mental Health Trust. She takes part in Trust activities and facilitates a carers’ group. Paulette delivers lectures to student nurses at various universities, covering the carers’ perspective and the impact of mental illness on families. Paulette is a co-leader of the Carers Educational Training Programme (CETP) for Rethink Mental Illness and works as an Involvement Worker in the Education not Discrimination (END) programme. Paulette taught French to young adults for 38 years, and was Head of French at a leading London school. She now lives in Acton with her husband and her son and also has a daughter.


Recovery 2012 – Tom Craig
Director of R&D, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation


Recovery 2012 – Q & A

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