Join us in Cardiff for the 2019 National Student Psychiatry Conference: A Lifetime of Psychiatry.

This year the National Student Psychiatry Conference is being co-hosted by Cardiff and Swansea University Psychiatry Societies. We are kicking off the event with a live performance on Friday 1st February, followed by two days of fantastic speakers and exciting workshops, working our way through A Lifetime of Psychiatry. The conference will conclude at 13:30 on Sunday to give all students time for travel. We will be offering subsidised accommodation for the duration of the conference and we will be hosting an additional Social Event on the Saturday evening.


Hadyn Ellis Building, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ


Fri 1st Feb 2019, 19:00 - 22:00
Sat 2nd Feb 2019, 08:30 - 17.00
Sun 3rd Feb 2019, 09:00 - 13:30



Friday 1st February 2019


Live Performance: 'The Wounded Healer' followed by Q&A

Dr Ahmed Hankir, Main Lecture Theatre

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA in 2016 revealed that 29% of medical students experience depressive symptoms and 11% report suicidal ideation. Stigma and a culture of shame are formidable barriers to mental health care and despite the availability of effective treatment many medical students with mental health difficulties continue to suffer in silence. Together with colleagues at the University of Cambridge, Dr Hankir pioneered the Wounded Healer, an innovative method of teaching that blends the performing arts with psychiatry. The main aims of the Wounded Healer are to engage, enthuse, enthral and to educate to challenge mental health stigma, debunk myths about mental illness and encourage care seeking. The Wounded Healer has been integrated into the medical school curricula of 4 UK universities and delivered to over 65,000 people in 13 countries on five continents worldwide. The Wounded Healer has been described as inspirational and the best lecture medical students have ever attended. 

Saturday 2nd February


Registration and Coffee




Professor Wendy Burn, Main Lecture Theatre


Introduction to Psychiatry in Wales

Dr Ian Collings, Main Lecture Theatre


Perinatal and Postnatal Mental Health Introduction

Speaker TBA, Main Lecture Theatre


Workshop 1: Fathers Mental Health

Mark Williams, Venue TBC

Workshop 2: Latest Research in Perinatal Psychiatry - Name TBC

Dr Marisa Dias and Laura Dernie, Venue TBC

PN- Workshop 3

Lead TBA, Venue TBC


Coffee Break



Child and Adolescent Mental Health Introduction

Dr Jacinta Tan and Mair Elliott, Main Lecture Theatre


CAMHS- Workshop 1

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

CAMHS- Workshop 2

Dr Jacinta Tan and Mair Elliott, Venue TBC

CAMHS- Workshop 3

Lead TBA, Venue TBC


Lunch and Art Competition Voting



General Adult Mental Health Introduction 

Dr James Walters and Vicky Yeates, Main Lecture Theatre


Gen Adult- Workshop 1

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

Gen Adult- Workshop 2

Lead TBA , Venue TBC

Gen Adult- Workshop 3

Veryan Richards, Venue TBC


Coffee Break 



Pecha Kucha Career Presentations

Speakers TBA, Main Lecture Theatre


Art Competition Winners Announced 

Main Lecture Theatre


Psychiatry Society Presidents Meeting


Sunday 3rd February





Diversity in Mental Health

Speaker TBA, Main Lecture Theatre


Workshop 1: Male Mental Health 

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

Workshop 2: BME

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

Workshop 3: LGBTQ+

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

Workshop 4: Intellectual Disability

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

10:45- 11:15

Coffee Break



Old Age Psychiatry Introduction

Speaker TBA, Main Lecture Theatre


Old Age- Workshop 1

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

Old Age- Workshop 2

Lead TBA, Venue TBC

Old Age- Workshop 3

Lead TBA, Venue TBC


The Future of Psychiatry

Speaker TBA, Main Lecture Theatre

Join us on 1st-3rd February 2019

We look forward to seeing you there.



Dr Ahmed Hankir

Dr Ahmed Hankir is Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge. Dr Hankir's research interests include global mental health, Muslim mental health and pioneering and evaluating innovative programmes that challenge mental health related stigma and Islamophobia and he has published extensively in these areas. Dr Hankir was headhunted by the American Psychiatric Association to co-edit a textbook on Islamophobia and Psychiatry with Professor Rania Awaad at Stanford University who presented her research on Muslim mental health to Barack Obama in the White House (due for publication by Springer in December 2018). Dr Hankir has delivered oral presentations and keynote lectures alongside Nobel Prize Laureates and Ted speakers in international conferences worldwide. Dr Hankir is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards notably the 2013 Royal College of Psychiatrists Foundation Doctor of the Year and the 2018 RCPsych Northern and Yorkshire Division First Prize Oral Presentation Competition Winner. Dr Hankir was twice a Finalist for the RCPsych Psychiatric Communicator of the Year Award for his Wounded Healer project and has been shortlisted for the 2018 RCPsych Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year. In recognition of his services to public education, Dr Hankir was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychiatry with the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, Florida, USA.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a keynote speaker, author (Daddy Blues at Trigger press) and International campaigner. In 2004 he himself experienced depression and suffered in silence for years until a breakdown. He founded International Fathers Mental Health Day and #Howareyoudad campaign to make sure all parents are having support for the whole family.

Mark has spoken on television and radio stations around the world and works with Dr Jane Hanley who have both published articles on Fathers Mental Health together. Mark was awarded Inspirational father of the year and local hero at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2012 and was invited to meet The Royal Family on World Mental Health Day in 2016.


Haydn Ellis Building, Maindy, Cardiff, UK

To Walk: From Queen Street, a central shopping street in Cardiff, it takes around 25 minutes to walk to the Hadyn Ellis Building.

By Train: Our nearest Station is "Cathays" it is roughly a 10 minute walk to Hadyn Ellis Building from here. Alternatively you can go to Cardiff Central Station and take an Uber or Taxi.

By Plane: Our nearest airport is Cardiff Airport. To get from the airport to Cardiff City Centre there is the T9 airport express bus, tickets cost from £5 with the service running every 30 minutes. There are alternative services available. See Cardiff Airports website for more information. 

By Car: Via the M4 take exit 30 onto A4232. Take the second exit at the next roundabout onto A4232. Then at the next roundabout take second exit to merge onto the A48. From here take the first exit down Whitchurch road and then right onto Cathays Terrace. Drive down until Maindy Road (it is close to Lidl).

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