Prevention in mental health: from theory to practice (virtual conference)

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The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that addressing growing levels of mental ill health is one of the defining public health challenges of our time. Preventive  approaches are fundamental to achieving this, but there often needs to be greater clarity about what these mean in practice and how they can be implemented within the NHS, local communities, schools and families.

From health promotion to suicide prevention, and from the role of general practitioners to that of local authorities, this conference brought together experts from all parts of the health and care sector to discuss what prevention means with regard to mental health and how preventive approaches can be applied in practice

    This event was run in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation.

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    All sessions will be chaired by an expert by experience

    Please see the full programme for more information.


    Dr Antonis Kousoulis

    Director of England and Wales, The Mental Health Foundation


    Dr Emma Tiffin

    GP, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP Clinical Lead, East of England Clinical Director - Mental Health, National Adviser, Primary Care and Community Mental Health Transformation, NHS England


    Gregor Henderson

    Director of Mental Health, Public Health England


    Natalie Creary

    Delivery Director, Black Thrive Programme


    Nathan Dennis

    Consultant and Trainer, Legacy Consultants, and Trustee, First Class Foundation


    Dr Jihad Malasi

    GP, ICS Mental Health and Child Lead, NHS Kent and Medway CCG


    Dr Yasmin Razak

    GP, The Golborne Medical Centre


    Poppy Jaman OBE

    Chief Executive Officer, City Mental Health Alliance


    Dr Kwame McKenzie

    Chief Executive, Wellesley Institute, Toronto, Canada


    Dr David Codyre

    Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Director, Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative,Clinical Lead Mental Health, Tamaki Health


    Ismael Hayden

    Project Manager, Becoming a Man, The Mental Health Foundation


    Daniel Johnson

    Clinical Director, Forensic Psychologist, Kibble


    Dr Angela Kennedy

    Consultant Psychologist, Mental Health Lead, Northern England Clinical Network


    Dr Charlotte Lee

    UK Director, Big Health


    Dr Juhi Tandon

    GP, Co-founder, Cognitant Group


    Kadra Abdinasir

    Head of Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health


    Matt Williams

    Digital Health Engagement Manager, Oxford Academic Health Science Network


    Fredrik Lindencrona

    Lead for Strategic improvement and International Collaboration, Mission Mental Health, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, Lead for Strategy for Promotion of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Stockholm


    This is probably the best conference I have attended in a long time.  The quality of the information is excellent and the online presentation format and flexibility in being able to catch-up on missed presentations makes it highly accessible for busy clinicians. 
    Kate Ross, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Midlands Partnership NHS Trust 

    I thank The King's Fund for organising a very informative virtual conference. I was in position to learn and connect with members from various parts of the world just on my couch in Uganda. Keep it up. 
    Sekatuka Abubaker, Community Health Supervisor, Living Goods 

    You learn so much in one week, as a Master's student in Social Work there has been a lot of content relevant to my course and that I've been able to use in seminars and essays. Thank you! 
    Rebecca Salama, MSW Students, Kingston University

    Really accessible format, great speakers, learned a lot. 
    Ben Plimpton, Project Manager, Mental Health Foundation

    This was so worthwhile attending. Every session was so interesting and insightful. Lots of food for thought for my services strategy & steps for the next year. 
    Liz Fowler, Support Hub Lead, Royal Free Charity 

    Excellent to see race equality in mental health a priority for The King's Fund. 
    Kirit Mistry, Chair, South Asian Health Action 

    It was a great virtual conference with some very inspiring guests who explained the importance of preventing poor mental health. 
    Harry Baker, Youth Activator, Cherwell District Council 

    This was a really useful event, touching on very current issues related to mental health. There was a good range of speakers who were well informed and able to provide interesting perspectives on old and emerging issues. 
    Charlotte Pickles, Public Health Development Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 

    A really interesting and enriching experience in terms of knowledge about prevention in mental health and future lines of work in conjunction from the different health and community services involved. 
    Laura Ballester, Predoctoral researcher, IMIM-Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques 

    Very interesting.A wide range of excellent topics and presenters. As an older(over 80) and working with older and younger people,I was inspired and stimulated to study and learn even more. 
    Eileen Rudden, Counsellor and Practice Champion, NHS 

    I really enjoyed the conference and was able to clarify queries I had easily. The format was excellent, half days over 4 days is great when you have a busy workload! 
    Ken Phillips, Commissioner for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils 

    All the sessions and lectures were very interesting. There were a high level speakers in their fields, providing a realistic analysis of the situation in mental health prevention. 
    Beatriz Puertolas Gracia, Pre-doctoral reasearcher, IMIM/CIBER 

    The virtual conference is a good, environmentally-friendly platform to share ideas and learn from others, at the same time making savings on travel time and costs. 
    Nyasha C. Chiunya-Huni, Housing Officer, YMCA East Surrey 

    A really well thought out conference. Very engaging and informative. I look forward to next years! 
    Emily Hunter, Engagement & Signposting Lead, Healthwatch County Durham