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Dr Alison Haggett

Public engagement

In recent years I have been involved in a wide range of public engagment and impact activities in the field of men's mental health.  

I am particularly interested in promoting the value of history in current debates about gender and mental health.  I have contributed a Policy Paper and an Opinion Article on male suicide to the History and Policy Website and have also produced a written submission to the Health Select Committee enquiry into suicide.  

I work locally with a wide range of organisations in the City of Exeter, raising the profile of men's mental health.  In September 2016, I organised a summit on men's mental health jointly with Exeter City Football in the Community and Active Devon.  This event, entitled #DevonMinds2016, brought together individuals with lived experience of mental illness with representatives from public health and the third sector, to investigate how we might better prevent suicide and improve the mental health of men in vulnerable groups.

I have also organised two events for the ESRC Festival of Social Science, which aimed to open conversations about men and mental illness - one held at Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton, the other organised jointly with Magic Carpet Arts for Health (a local charity), in St Stephen's Church, Exeter.

Forthcoming events include a talk planned for the 'Friday Late Spectacular' at the Wellcome Collection, entitled 'Macho' on 7th April 2017.