Key Conference Themes

The conference will feature a bio-psycho-social, and a spiritual-cultural synthesis of cultural psychiatry, with a special focus on young people and life course approaches to cultural psychiatry:

  • Young people, emotional wellbeing and recovery
  • Young people, physical health and wellbeing
  • The role of arts, laws and humanities in wider society in promoting the wellbeing of young people in a diverse and global village
  • Cultural adaptation in the face of diverse values and religious systems that help wellness and resilience and healing

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Acculturation and globalisation place unique challenges on protecting human capital, and impact on cultural practices in ways that may promote resilience or undermine mental health.

There are also threats to safety and well being because international conflict, war and terrorism. A scientific programme will have core themes (listed below) and an interconnecting theme of resilience and well being across diverse cultural groups:

  • The neuro-scientific basis of violence and psychiatric symptoms
  • The neurobiology of violence and psychiatric symptoms
  • Terrorism and Conflict: global solutions
  • Violence, self harm and suicide
  • Diagnostic precision
  • Culture and Psychotherapy
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • Pharmacogenetics and gene-culture interactions
  • Complementary and traditional healing systems from around the world
  • Migration, refugees and asylum seekers: risk factors and service provision
  • The future of cultural psychiatry
  • Spirituality, religion and mental health
  • ‘State of the art’ research symposia
  • The use of arts and humanities in psychiatric and psychological theory and practice.
  • Performance, ritual, theatre and mental health
  • Training and education
  • Service organisation and health systems
  • Mental Health & Public Health Policy
  • Multidisciplinary critiques of cultural psychiatry theory and practice
  • Trainee Workshops before and after the main programme
  • Media and Mental Health
  • Research, clinical practice, policy and service development to optimise wellbeing and recovery for diverse cultures, and immigrants in a host society
  • Social and human capital
  • Regeneration, modernisation and mental health

This event will be locally organised by Queen Mary, University of London, in association with Careif, an international mental health charity, and Visit London.

There will be an exciting social programme that will include London venues such as the Tate Modern and Tate Art Galleries, walks of historic London, the Tower of London and London Bridge, the Wheel on the South Bank and cultural events at University venues. Non-London venues include Stratford upon Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace), Down House (where Darwin wrote his scientific thesis on the origin of species), Stonehenge (an ancient pagan site of worship) and the neighbouring beautiful English countryside. There are short flights and frequent trains to Edinburgh and Paris, and other European venues.