Improving people's wellbeing is perhaps the ultimate goal of almost all government policy. Mental health is a major driver of wellbeing, yet one in four people in the UK suffer from a mental health problem each year, with enormous cost to individuals and society. Treatment for mental health has historically been deemed a lower priority than physical health, but in the last few years, NHS England has stated in its Mandate the commitment to “put mental health on a par with physical health”.
Further, in January 2017 the Prime Minister unveiled plans to transform mental health support. This Policy Lates event, on World Mental Health Day, will examine the biology that underpins mental health and how this can inform policy to improve wellbeing.
Director of Education for College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham and Chair, RSB Education, Training and Policy Committee
Centre for Sports & Exercise Science, University of Essex
School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol
Department of Psychiatry and Medical Research Council, University of Cambridge
Faculty of Life Sciences, University College London
This event is free and open to all. It is part of our Policy Lates series, which provides an opportunity for relaxed discussion with an interested and informed audience. It will begin with a brief introduction from the chair, followed by short talks from our four panellists, with ample time for audience questions and panel discussion. The event will end with time for informal networking and refreshments.
This event will be live streamed and available to view afterwards on the Biochemical Society Facebook page.
This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for the purposes of CPD and attending is worth 9 CPD points.