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Robert Whitaker in Coventry

An Evening With Robert Whitaker

Fundraising Event in aid of EleMental Haven for Heroes

Wednesday February 23rd, 2011

6.00 p.m – 10.00 p.m

The Hylands Hotel, 153, Warwick Road, Coventry CV3 6AU

Join us for what promises to be a lively, informative seminar reflecting on the disturbing issues concerning psychiatric medication raised in the best selling book “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by acclaimed journalist Robert Whitaker.

“If psychiatry wants to retain its credibility with the public, it will now have to engage with the scientific argument at the core of this cogently and elegantly written book.”

David Healy, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Cardiff University

This is the story of a puzzling—and largely hidden—modern plague. As a society, we have come to understand that psychiatry has made great progress in diagnosing and treating mental disorders in recent years. Yet, mental illness is taking an ever-greater toll on our society. For instance, the number of people on government disability due to a mental illness has tripled during the past twenty years, rising from 1.25 million to more than 4 million. The number of disabled mentally ill children has risen 35-fold during this period. What is going on?


Robert Whitaker investigates that question, much in the manner of a medical anthropologist. In a thrilling and masterfully written narrative, he documents a history of science and medicine that ultimately raises a heretical question: Could our drug-based paradigm of care, in some unforeseen way, be fuelling this modern-day plague?


For further information please contact Sandy at

Evening includes Buffet Curry and entertainment

Cost; £75 plus VAT (£90) – All Proceeds to be donated to EleMental Haven for Heroes


* EleMental Haven for Heroes works with military personnel who experience severe psychotic reactions as a result of service or injury in service. We also offer support to family members and friends who frequently experience the knock on effects of their loved ones mental distress and are at a loss as to how to best support them.



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