So far the panel includes Luciana Berger (Shadow Minsiter for Mental Health), Paul Farmer CBE and CEO of Mind, and Simon Wellesley - President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and proponent of the Biopsychosocial model, which is at the heart of the neoliberal theory that is behind the cuts to disability benefits and the welfare to work model.
Despite being told weeks ago that by failing to include at least one person who is a Service usser/ survivor, the Old Vic itself is filing those with mental health issues in the Uk, the Old Vic has not yet added a panellist who can adequately represent those with lived experience of using and surviving the system that has failed us, and continues to fail us - and which has led to so many deaths as the welfare reforms kick in.
In light of this, we can expect to se the event picketed by those who feel excluded from a debate that is about them......... under the slogan #NothingAbouyUsWithoutUs
How did the Old Vic manage to get itself into this position?
It's a bit of a joke that a panel considering if we are failing those suffering from mental health doesn't have a "service user" among its number. Seems a bit pointless and short-sighted on the point of the Old Vic.
I have my own views on the term "service user" and what I think are negative/derogatory connotations that attach to it, but that's for another debate.