Mental health from cradle to grave at the CMHP conference

Delegates at our 7th annual international psychiatric pharmacy conference will be both educated and entertained as they congregate in Bristol next month. The latest additions to the conference line up complement what was already set to be a fantastic mix of speakers and session topics.

One of the most recently confirmed contributors is CMHP Fellow John Donoghue who we welcome as session chair for the busy Saturday morning programme. As well as bringing his knowledge, experience and good humour to the role of chair, John has agreed to facilitate an informal ‘table top’ discussion about his novel: Death’s Head Chess Club.

This year’s cradle to grave theme provides a framework for exploring mental health conditions at different stages of life, including a look at the involvement in of genetics in mental health in a session delivered by Professor Paul Harrison, President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology.

In addition to genetics, delegates will gain some fascinating insights into other factors influencing mental health and wellbeing. Professor John Cryan, University College Cork will be sharing his expertise on the topic Mental Health and the Microbiome, followed by Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London whose session is on Psychoactive substances.

Other themed sessions include Hayley Gorton, of the Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety who is talking about Suicide, and workshops on perinatal mental health and Dementia Friends.

We are always delighted to welcome international delegates to the conference, and this year we explore primary care issues in the USA with one of our long-term international members Professor Larry Cohen.

The conference opens with the prestigious Brett Hill Memorial Lecture on Patient and Public Involvement, which will be delivered by Andrew Grundy.

These are just a few of the highlights delegates can look forward to alongside the poster sessions, practice talks and networking opportunities.

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