Much Madness, Divinest Sense: Women's Stories of Mental Health and Health Care Book Launch

2017 20 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Much Madness, Divinest Sense: Women's Stories of Mental Health and Health Care Book Launch

“Although there have been countless cases of women’s madness throughout history, almost no personal accounts have been formally documented. Was there no one to listen to these women, to write down their thoughts? Is it an arbitrary oversight? Or perhaps these were intentional omissions, decided upon by historians, medical practitioners, and others with specific political agendas?” For too long, women’s mental health issues have been hidden from view, their stories unheard, their voices silenced. This volume hopes to shed some light on the dark halls and windowless rooms where women’s mental health has been hidden from view. 

Much Madness, Divinest Sense is a collection of women’s writing about mental health and health care. The contributors are varied: not only physicians and other health care professionals but also indigenous women, transgender women, daughters, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers. They are the recipients, providers, and critics of mental health care. In this volume, they break the silence and speak about the messy subject of mental illness today. As with Kaplan-Myrth and Hanson’s first collection, Women Who Care: Women’s Stories of Health Care and Caring, this is a powerful collection that is as raw as it is real. 

This anthology is co-edited by two feminist health advocates and researchers, Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, MD, CCFP, PhD, medical anthropologist and family physician, and Dr. Lori Hanson, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. The post-script is written by Dr. Allison Crawford, MD, FRCPC, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. 

Speakers include Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth (co-editor), Mary Anne Ruth Bain (contributor) and Dr. Jasmine Gandhi (psychiatrist)

7 PM
Thursday, April 20 2017
@25One Community
251 Bank St. 2nd floor

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About the Author

Nili Kaplan-Myrth, MD., CCFP, Ph.D., is a medical anthropologist and a family physician. She has spent her academic and professional career talking to people about their experiences of health and illness, their bodies, their emotions, and their personal and community well-being. She runs her own busy feminist medical clinic and she retreats to the cottage at the enf of each week to play guitar with her husband and curl up for games and stories with their three children.

Mary Anne Ruth Bain continues to embrace her life's journey. She prays with clients at ta Catholic Healing Clinic. She has given her heart to Matias, a child she sponsors in Chili. She has opened her home to prayer meetings and to visits from the young people who have become family. But Mary Ann most of all has the heart to be present to her sisters and brothers, the marginalized, who frequent the streets and the shelters of her urban neighbourhood.

Dr. Jasmine Gandhi is a staff psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital and head of Interpersonal Psychotherapy training at the University of Ottawa. She established The Ottawa Hospital’s Perinatal Mental Health Program in 2007 to address the mental health needs of pregnant and postpartum women in the capital region.  She trains medical and allied healthcare learners in women’s mental health from the student to fellowship level.  Her areas of research include knowledge translation and program evaluation in reproductive psychiatry. She has worked with local and provincial partners to improve perinatal mental healthcare access for women across the region.

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