Sidney Ball Memorial Lectures

Barnett House instituted a special annual lecture soon after it was founded in 1914. The first Barnett House lecture was given in 1917 and published as the Barnett House Papers No 1 by Oxford University Press in the same year. Sidney Ball, chairman of the Barnett House Committee died in March 1918. A memorial endowment was established in his name (it still exists in 2012) and the first Sidney Ball Memorial lecture was delivered on 1 December 1920 by the Right Hon. Sir Horace Plunkett.

The 2015 Lecture, Anti-Deinstitutionalization and Anti-Institutionalization for Persons with Severe Mental Illnesses: Finding Common Ground was delivered by Dr Phyllis Solomon, University of Pennsylvania on 12 October 2015 at 5pm.

In the U.S. and the U.K., there are currently two diametrically opposed policy positions being promoted for the care and treatment of persons with severe mental illness, anti-deinstitutionalization and anti-institutionalization. Both share the same goal of ensuring the best quality of life for those with severe psychiatric disorders, but the pathways to achieving this goal are very different and have resulted in much contention. Each espouses a different belief system regarding this population and their presumed capabilities, and varying emphasis on maximizing protection of the community versus protection of individual rights, resulting in contrasting mental health policies and practice orientations. The presentation will delineate the history from which these positions evolved, consequent views, and policies and practices that emerged from the differing attitudes, culminating in a proposed practice approach that when supported by appropriate policy offers a more balanced approach to serving adults with mental illness–navigating risk management that preserves freedom and opportunities of risk while affording mutually satisfactory “risk control”.   

More information on the Lecture series, including PDFs of early lectures and podcasts of more recent lectures is available.