Innovation & Strategies for Digital Interventions in Mental Health

31st July - 2nd August 2017

Westminster, London, England




TITLE Innovation & Strategies for Digital Interventions in Mental Health

WHEN   31st July - 2nd August 2017

WHERE   Deans Yard, Westminster School, Central London, England

LEAD/CREATOR   Dr Becky Inkster (Affiliations: Honorary Research Fellow Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK & Visiting Scholar SAFE Lab, Columbia University, New York City, USA)

AVAILABILITY   Registration and attendance is free of charge. Total attendance is limited to approximately 80 delegates.


CONFIRMED SPEAKERS & CONTRIBUTORS   More information can be found here.


CONFERENCE AIMS   The overall aim is to combine psychiatry, digital technology and culture to bring positive change for those seeking mental health support. Our key objectives include:

  1. to explore how digital technology data (e.g., social media sites) can be implemented into personalised and/or group mental health interventions; and
  2. to promote digital equality by developing culturally sensitive ways to bring innovation directly to disadvantaged groups, including the homeless, inner city gang members, prisoners/young offenders, refugees, victims of violence, perinatal mental health, regions with low resources and more.


AGENDA OUTLINE (more details coming soon)

DAY 1 Opening Remarks / Afternoon Keynotes to open conference will include:  Professor Vikram Patel (others being confirmed)

DAY 2 Lecture Themes (more information will be coming shortly):

  1. The Digital Psychiatrist  Chaired by The Lancet Psychiatry Editor, Niall Boyce
  2. Ethics, Policy and the Public Sphere  Chaired by BBC News Editor & Former Fellow Michigan University, Matthew Shaw
  3. Technology & Methodologies  Chaired by Dr David Stillwell
  4. Global Digital Mental Health, Society and Culture  Chaired by Professor Vikram Patel.

DAY 3   Workshops: in addition to these themes we will have 5 parallel running Workshops in which attendees can choose a subset to attend to encourage mixing of groups and interactions. Each workshop will ensure that attendees learn something about psychiatry, digital technology/methodologies, and various forms of culture. These workshops include:

  1. Beyond The Bullets: How do Chicago gang networks communicate violence and trauma using Twitter?
  2. Digital Psychiatrist: We explore the capabilities and limitations of new technological approaches for patient interaction
  3. Prison Transition Tools: how can digital technology supplement the reform process for prisoners both inside and outside of prison settings?
  4. Views From The Street: This Data Donation Project will offer the chance to analyse and interpret digital photographs taken by homeless people, which document their environments, daily experiences, thoughts and feelings.
  5. What is Social Media?: Here we explore the latest trends and success stories of those successfully applying these tools

DAY 3  Q&A Session / Closing Remarks: This session will be streamed live from the UK (3pm) reaching out to people from India to California. We will combine knowledge exchanged derived from the Lectures and Workshops and we will also involve the public in this discussion. The intended digital audience is aimed to excede 1 million+ people.


FULL PROGRAMME  currently being drafted. It will have lay summaries about the lectures and workshops etc, learning objectives, speaker bios, overall aims, materials from sponsors etc. Please contact me if you would like to advertise your social ventures etc.



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