• New workshops and debate panels focused on statistics, politics and neuroscience. More details to follow.
  • Confirmed attendance by the Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry, Professor Vikram Patel, Professor John Pestian, and more to be announced soon.
  • Confirmed Special Collection of publications based on the conference proceedings, kindly hosted by the journal, AI & SOCIETY: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication.

Here is what happened at the 2017 summer conference....



"I speak at a lot of conferences and am often underwhelmed by them, but I was really genuinely very impressed by what you managed to pull off – particularly the diversity and range of speakers with so many different perspectives and I felt like I learnt ever such a lot."
Speaker, 2017 Conference
"It was particularly good to see people from different disciplines and backgrounds coming together to share information in a way that was supportive and collaborative"
Delegate, 2017 Conference

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   Dean's Yard, Westminster School, Central London, England

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

CREATOR   Dr Becky Inkster @Dr_Inkster (academic affiliations: Honorary Research Fellow Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK & Visiting Scholar SAFE Lab, Columbia University, New York City, USA)

SPEAKERS & CONTRIBUTORS   More information can be found here.

SPONSORS & SUPPORT   Hospital Club, Starbucks, Wellcome Trust, Westminster School

SOCIAL MEDIA   Want to help us spread the word?

AIMS   The overall aim is to combine psychiatry, digital technology and culture to bring innovative 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 and develop 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, low resource areas and more.

OUTCOMES  More information can be found here


DAY 1, The Lecture Room, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF

Registration (12:00 – 2:00 pm)

Opening Remarks, Becky Inkster; Special Guest Speakers, sharing their social media journeys, headlined by poet Nikita Gill, and followed by members of Zimam Palestine (2:30 – 3:00 pm)

Keynote Lecture, Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School (3:00 – 4:00 pm). Title: The Digital “Revolution” for Global Mental Health: from fantasy to reality

Social Event, The Hospital Club, Covent Garden (4:30 – 7:30 pm) - details here


DAY 2, Weston Building, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF

Lecture Themes (9:00 – 12:00 pm; 2:00 – 5:00 pm):

  1. The Digital Psychiatrist, Chaired by Editor, Dr Niall Boyce; The Lancet Psychiatry
  2. Global Digital Mental Health, Society and Culture, Chaired by Ricardo Araya, King’s College London, UK.
  3. Technology & Methodologies, Chaired by Dr David Stillwell; Cambridge University, UK
  4. Ethics, Policy and the Public Sphere, Chaired by News Editor, Matthew Shaw; BBC, UK


DAY 3, Weston Building, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF

Workshop Themes (9:00 – 10:00 am; 10:00 – 11:00 am; 11:00 – 12:00 pm)

There will be 5 parallel running conference workshops in which attendees can choose 3 to attend. This design has been used to encourage mixing of groups. Each workshop will ensure that attendees learn something about psychiatry, digital technology/methodologies, and various forms of culture. These workshops include:

  1. #BeyondTheBullets  How do Chicago gang networks communicate violence and trauma using Twitter?
  2. #TheDigitalPsychiatrist  We explore the capabilities and limitations of new technological approaches for patient interaction.
  3. #PrisonTransitionTools  How can digital technology supplement the reform process for prisoners both inside and outside of prison settings?
  4. #ViewsFromTheStreet  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. #FaceToFaceOrFacebook  Here we explore the latest trends and success stories of those successfully applying these tools.

Discussion Roundtables (2:00 – 2:30 pm), Weston Building, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF

Q&A Session Live Stream (3:00 – 4:00 pm), The Lecture Room, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF  

The Q&A Session will be streamed live from the UK (3pm) reaching out globally. We will combine knowledge from the Lectures and Workshops and we aim to involve the public in the discussion using the hashtag #DIGITALMENTALHEALTHLIVE.

Closing Remarks (4:30 – 5:00 pm), The Lecture Room, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF  

Post-Conference "Tech for social good" Hackathon

Wednesday 2nd August 5:30 - 7:30pm, Westminster, London. More details can be found here.

Feature: The Birth Trauma Association

The Birth Trauma Association (BTA) is the only charity in the UK focusing on the issue of traumatic birth. Therefore, we want to support and promote this great cause. Find out more here.

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