A Disorder for Everyone! Online Festival September 2022


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The 3rd annual AD4E festival will bring you a whole day of change-making talks, presentations, conversations, and poetry from far and wide.


About this event:

In September of 2020 two and a half thousand people from over 15 different countries registered for the A Disorder for Everyone Online Festival. In September 2021 much the same happened.

For the last 2 years AD4E has brought together wisdom, experience and passion for change in an online festival full of inspiring contributors who all challenged the mainstream medicalised paradigm of emotional distress that labels and pathologises people’s suffering.

The feedback we received in the weeks & months that followed both events was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. It provided us with yet more evidence that the appetite for this discussion is growing exponentially.

Too many people have simply had enough of people’s stories and experiences being negated and dismissed by scientifically questionable labels. They want change, and they want to be part of a movement that is demanding change.


This September 2022 we are doing it all again. Please sign up to join us and please help to spread the word as much as possible.

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Dr Lucy Johnstone, Jo Watson, John Wilson, Dr Akima Thomas

9am BST John Wilson – Open and welcome

Jo Watson Introduction to the festival


Dr Lucy Johnstone – The critique of psychiatric diagnosis and why we need a better way forward.






Matt Ball & Indigo Daya – Activists for change in Australia






Dr Margot Sunderland – On trauma-informed work in schools.





Panel discussion – Psychiatric Drugs (Prof John Read, Stevie Lewis, Zev Faith, Prof Joanna Moncrieff, Dr Rani Bora)








Dr James Davies – The Politics of Distress – How the mental health sector came to serve Neoliberalism





Dr Gabor Mate – A Conversation about Gabor’s new book “The Myth Of Normal”






Panel Discussion – Is climate change making us crazy? (Dr Lucy Johnstone, Annie Mitchell, Gareth Morgan, Carla Denyer, Dr Khadj Rouf)






Dr Akima Thomas OBE – Healing the Wounded Heart






Bob Whitaker – The Scientific Collapse of the DSM’s Model of Care








Panel discussion – Are we on the brink of change? (Prof Peter Kinderman, Rebecca Donaldson, Hári Sewell, James Barnes)







Keynote presentation by Dr Jacqui Dillon – First Do No Harm – a keynote talk on iatrogenic harm.




Close of day – 5.30pm


Evening session – 6.30pm (no need to have attended the festival to come to this) There will be a tribute to our dear friend, colleague and ally Pete Sanders who died in February. This will take place after the festival at 6.30pm and there is a separate link to access it. Sign up free via AD4E eventbrite.


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Jo Watson is a psychotherapist, trainer, speaker and activist. Her activism is motivated by a belief that emotional distress is caused by what is experienced and largely rooted in social factors. Jo founded the Facebook group ‘Drop The Disorder!’ in September 2016. She is part of the Mad in The UK team madintheuk.com and the editor of the PCCS Books books Drop the Disorder! Challenging the Culture of Psychiatric Diagnosis and We are the Change-Makers; Poems supporting Drop the Disorder! Jo is the organiser of the A Disorder 4 Everyone events adisorder4everyone.com and can be found on Twitter @dropthedisorder