Living with Mental Illness

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Host: Soho Literary Festival
Location: The Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Speaker: Patrick Cockburn, Henry Cockburn

Two months after his 20th birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the freezing water of Newhaven estuary outside Brighton and tried to swim across, almost drowning in the process. Voices, he said, had told him to do it. Nearly halfway around the world in Afghanistan journalist Patrick Cockburn learned that Henry had been admitted to a hospital mental ward and appeared to be suffering a mental breakdown. Father and son Patrick and Henry Cockburn give a compelling insight into what it means to live with mental illness.

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