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THURSDAY 29th June, 7.30pm in the bookshop (free entry)
Lighthouse Bookshop is delighted to welcome Lynne Jones for the launch of her third book, Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry.
Drawing from her own experiences, Jones provides an account of mental-health related issues in parts of the world devastated by natural disasters and war, such as post-earthquake Haiti and war-torn Iraq. Her latest work considers questions such as; what is it like to see your family killed in front of you when you are twelve years old? And, what can mental health professionals do to help in such challenging circumstances?
In addressing two increasingly prominent issues, namely humanitarian disasters and mental health, Jones reveals the courage and resilience of people who have to survive and endure some of the most frightening situations in the world.
Jones has an MA in human sciences from the University of Oxford. She qualified in medicine before specialising in psychiatry and has a PhD in social psychology and political science. As well as continuing relief work, she is currently working as a child psychologist in Cornwall, is an honorary consultant at the South London and Maudsley NHS trust in London and is a visiting scientist at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.
“Jones’ quest is lucid and questioning. She introduces us to a gallery of astonishing and brave people, and her work has surely made the world a better place. Inspiring.” – Mark Cousins
“This is essential reading for those training in mental-health, to consider the broader picture of the causes of mental illness that one may not see in the routine hospital clinic. An outstanding piece of work.” – Professor Simon Baron-Cohen