Every year, Cardiff University and Manchester University, together with Irwin Mitchell and 39 Essex Street, put on a conference called ‘Taking Stock’, which reviews developments under the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act. I went in 2011, kicked myself for not attending in 2012, but am planning to go this year. The conference always has a great blend of academics, legal practitioners, usually a judge as well, and guest speakers. Last year’s speaker was Ruby Wax (who you probably know as a comedian, but who has also experienced depression herself and set up Black Dog Tribe in response). This year, Professor Elyn Saks will be speaking. Professor Saks is a mental health law academic, but she has also spoken about her own experiences with schizophrenia – most notably in this TED talk. Hopefully I’ll see some of you there!