6th Qualitative Research in Mental Health Conference

6th Qualitative Research in Mental Health Conference LOGOThe Qualitative Research on Mental Health conference has been established as an international transdisciplinary forum for dedicated qualitative research on a range of topics in the field of mental health, using a variety of methodologies and approaches.

The 1st and 2nd Qualitative Research in Mental Health Conferences were held in Tampere, Finland, in 2006 and 2008, the 3rd and 4th in Nottingham, U.K., in 2010 and 2012, and the 5th in Chania, Greece, in 2014. Previous conferences attracted strong international interest with about 150 participants from a diversity of backgrounds, including service users, health and social care professionals, social scientists and health policy makers, and created a space for lively and enriching discussions. The 6th Qualitative Research in Mental Health Conference is due to take place on May 25-27, 2016 near the beautiful city of Chania, in Crete, Greece.

Towards relational perspectives in mental health research

Over the last decades, mental health theory and practice have witnessed a clear move towards relational approaches to understanding and dealing with mental health difficulties. Interpersonal, family and social relationships are considered central to fostering mental health, coping with life’s stresses and managing trauma and distress. Moreover, the central role of the relationship between professionals and service users in providing appropriate and helpful services and avoiding harm has also been increasingly recognised and examined, both through questioning the role of coercion and control in professional mental health practices and through promoting ethics of relationality in professional-client interactions. On the methodological front, relational research approaches have been developed, which focus on communication, dialogue, affective interaction, embodiment and the intersubjective processes involved in the mutual co-construction of meaning. The conference invites qualitative studies, from a variety of disciplines, which adopt relational research perspectives and/or examine aspects of relationships in a range of topics pertaining to mental health. We also encourage consideration of the role of personal and socio-cultural factors that support or hinder relationships, including gender, culture and social position.


Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh)

Alsyllio Agrokipiou, 1 Makedonias, Hania


Registration*   Before March 15, 2016   After March 15, 2016  
Regular Delegates  € 260 € 280

* Registration fees DO NOT include accommodation 
The registration fee includes:
– Conference Material
– Conference Sessions
– Coffee Breaks & Light Lunches during the 3day sessions
– Welcome Reception
– Gala Dinner
Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing to Symvoli | Conference & Cultural Management(qrmh6@symvoli.gr)
– Up to March 31st, the registration fee will be fully refunded.
– From April 1st until April 15th, the registration fee will be refunded minus an administrative charge of €30.
– From April 16th, the registration fee will not be refunded.
For further information visit the conference’s official website