What is the Clinical Psychology Fringe?
The Clinical Psychology Fringe, now in its third year, will take place on the evenings of Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th January 2019, running alongside the annual conference for the Division of Clinical Psychology of the British Psychological Society. It aims to take big ideas to different public spaces in the city, exploring what mental health and wellbeing mean in the 21st century by way of the arts. It will feature a range of performances and events over two evenings, followed by a conference – Beyond The Therapy Room – on the Saturday.

Who’s behind it?
It is being developed by psychologists, mental health professionals, service users and artists who believe that Clinical Psychology can come together with the community, to inspire and explore something new. Many of the artists and performers have experience of mental-health services themselves.

Why is it happening?
The more we can talk about mental health – and the more ways we find to talk about it, sing about it, rap, act, paint, photograph and so much else then the more chance we have of improving wellbeing more generally. Mental health isn’t something that belongs behind the clinic-room door or in the professor’s office. It belongs to all of us. 

Why now?
The British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology is having its conference in Manchester in January. The Fringe is running alongside it, aiming to open up psychology to the public as we began to do in Liverpool in 2017 and Cardiff in 2018.

Where is it happening?
Venues in Manchester to be confirmed. Stay tuned for more information

Who can I speak to if I want to find out more?