FPH and the Royal College of Psychiatrists join forces to deliver sell-out mental health conference

Earlier this month, our Public Mental Health Special Interest Group (SIG) co-hosted a sell-out conference with RCPsych dedicated to discussing effective public mental health prevention. Experts in psychiatry and public health gave talks on how we could collaborate more effectively in delivering better mental health for all, which included:

  • Wendy Burn, President of the RCPsych, talked about why collaborative working is important when it comes to the dissemination of psychiatric addiction services.

  • GP Sir Sam Everington talked about the benefits of social prescribing from his experience being part of the Bromley-By-Bow GP partnership, which has over 100 projects under its roof dedicated to supporting the wider determinants of health. Sir Everington, one of the pioneers of social prescribing, talked about the importance of finding out what matters to people, not what is the matter with them.

  • Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University, gave the key note speech about taking a holistic look at what causes wellness.

Christina Gray, Chair of the Public Mental Health SIG, said: “Thank you to all of the attendees and speakers for making this year’s public mental health conference a big success. It was really inspiring to see such a desire between the public health and psychiatry communities to work together to deliver public mental health prevention more effectively.

"If you are a member of FPH and interested in this topic then please consider joining the public mental health SIG to help us develop our thinking in this area.”

Click here to find out more about the exceptional work being led by the Public Mental Health SIG which includes details on how you can join.

If you would like the speaker presentations, please click below:

Health Creation - Lessons from history, vision for the future: Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, Strathclyde University

Understanding the lifelong impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences: Dr Lynne McNiven, Public Health Department NHS Ayrshire & Arran and Dr Tamasin Knight, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Tayside

Public Health approaches to alcohol; politics, partners and psychiatrists: Professor Joe Barry, Trinity College Dublin

Public Health and Psychiatry - a meeting of minds? President's panel discussion with Professor John Middleton and Professor Wendy Burns, facilitated by Dr Neha Shah, Speciality Registrar in Public Health and Dr Amabel Dessain, Core Psychiatry trainee with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

22 May 2019

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