Refocus on Recovery Conference: 18th – 20th September 2017

Refocus on Recovery

Refocus on Recovery

18 to 20 September 2017, Nottingham Conference Centre

Refocus on Recovery 2017 is the largest regular scientific conference in the world on recovery for people with mental health problems. This truly international conference will present world-leading research about how people can live well with illness. Its aims are to advance the field of recovery research and to offer you the opportunity to become part of an international community of influence.

With keynote speakers from across the world:

  • the UK (Steve Gillard, Isabella Goldie, Jayasree Kalathil, Anu Singh, Mike Slade)
  • India (Manoj Kumar)
  • Canada (Kwame McKenzie)
  • Germany (Jasna Russo)
  • Norway (Mark Hopfenbeck).

We will also hear from Jenny Edwards (Chief Executive, Mental Health Foundation) and Ruth Hawkins (Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).

For the three previous London conferences, around 500 people came from 25 countries. This year it’s coming to Nottingham, right in the middle of the country with great road, rail and air links. It will even be opened by the world-famous Sheriff of Nottingham!

It will be a great opportunity for learning and networking. As well as hearing from world-class keynote speakers and a choice of over 100 parallel talks, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in the lively creative and social programme, which features exciting opportunities such as the boomwhacker percussion energiser event, a ‘Story Shop’ offering a range of stories from people with lived experience, the Nottingham People’s Choir, the MAD space, a Gala Dinner and lots more……

Main conference themes:

  • Recovery for different groups
  • Prevention of mental ill-health
  • Re-situating recovery
  • Allocating resources

Before the conference, there is also the chance to attend Expert Workshops: Developing a national transformation programme; Using co-development techniques to shape digital project in mental health; Coaching for recovery; Drums and spears – decolonising recovery; and Building on cultures of peer support. These are held on the morning of 18th September.

View the full programme here

Registration for the conference and the expert workshops is open and places are going fast! Visit for more information or check out the attached flyer.

This is such a great opportunity we don’t want to keep it to ourselves. Can you help us spread the word? Please feel free to forward this email to colleagues who may be interested.

Get involved! The Twitter conversation has started already – you can join it at #RonR2017

And if this Conference isn’t enough, there’s more…..

A post-conference MAD Carnival celebrating local MAD activity through activism, academia and the arts. Let’s Go Mad takes place on the afternoon of 20th September – see for more information.


An extra day you can attend too. On 21st September, ImROC are hosting a ‘Recovery Demonstration Day’ to showcase ways in which Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is facilitating Recovery across all of it services. Separate registration for this event is required. More about this here: