Link to: Network
Print this page

Sociology of Mental Health Study Group

Introduction to the Group

Established in 2004, the group encompasses the sociological study of mental health and distress, with a focus on studying experiences of mental distress and of using mental health services. Also included in its compass is sociological work relating to learning disability. 


The group's aims are to:


  • Heighten the profile of study in the area of sociology of mental health,
  • Provide a forum for the communication and discussion of work being carried out in the area,
  • Facilitate networking and information-sharing between those working within or having an interest in the sociology of mental health,
  • Provide a forum of support for those interested in studying mental health and distress from a sociological perspective,
  • Provide a core of expertise in the area of sociology of mental health that may be drawn upon for comment on relevant proposals or policies.


Please watch this space for details.


The Group is open to anyone and everyone with an interest. Please contact the convenors to join - everyone is welcome. A list of contact details and areas of interest of some Group members is provided below.



The group serves a networking function for those undertaking work or study in the area.


Related networks – the Mental Health Qualitative Research Network

The Mental Health Qualitative Research Network (MHQRN) was set up in 2001 to provide people doing qualitative research in the area of mental health with an opportunity to meet and discuss methodological challenges and innovations. The network meets every six months and is convened by Alan Quirk from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and John Larsen from Rethink Mental Illness.

If you wish to be added to the MHQRN emailing list please contact Alan Quirk.

Sharing knowledge and information


Key papers, articles or issues of interest or concern to members can be posted on this web site (for papers either as a reference or in full depending on copyright restrictions).

Annual Report

The current Sociology of Mental Health Study Group's Annual Report is now available.  You may also be interested in reviewing the Group's Annual Report 2013Annual Report 2011Annual Report 2010, Annual Report 2009Annual Report 2008 or Annual Report 2007.

Contact the Convenors

New members are welcome to join the group, or for further information about any of the above activities, please contact:


Rich Moth

Liverpool Hope University

Send an email.


Return to Study Groups homepage.