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.