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Mental Health and the mortality gap

 mental health 2013

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On Thursday 16 May 2013 alumni, academics, clinicians and friends gathered at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) during Mental Health Awareness Week to discuss the challenges and solutions surrounding the physical health of mental health service users. 

On the very day that MPs were debating mental health in the House of Commons, our own panel of experts addressed how to bridge the gap between mental and physical health care and who is responsible for bridging this gap.

Professor Shitij Kapur, Deputy Vice-Principal (Health) and Dean of the IoP was joined by Dr Fiona Gaughran, Lead Consultant in the Psychosis Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust,  Simon Wylie, Clinical Lead for Southwark Acute and Dr Ruth Ohslen, Lecturer in mental Health Studies at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Audience members were asked to give their opinion on the topic prior to the event via an online poll – choosing GPs, the government and community mental health services as their top three people or organisations responsible for the physical health of mental health service users – and also had the opportunity to ask the panel questions following the initial discussion. Reflection on the topic continued over drinks in the newly-opened Education Hub where guests had the opportunity to socialise with the panel and fellow alumni.

 Listen to the audio recording below





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