Prof. Chris Evans
University of Nottingham, Institute of Group Analysis and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
We are a deeply social species: the number of human beings who survive to adulthood without being nurtured by groups of other human beings is minute and they excite great fascination (Romulus and Remus, the wild boy of Aveyron, Kaspar Hauser). The overwhelming majority of us survive to adulthood entirely through the work of both a nuclear family or guardianship system AND an extended social system of networks and groups that enables our development directly and also supports our nuclear group of origin without which that wouldn't survive. We are a deeply social species and the Nottingham Cafe S&C is one example of a creative and constructive social group.My talk is about the power of groups and social collaboration to repair, preserve and promote mental health and why we, and the NHS, fear and avoid that.
MEETING FORMAT: Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details see introductory pages.