About this event

  • Date and time Mon 6 Dec 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Psychiatry

This webinar will delve into the rarely discussed issue of loneliness as a mental health issue. Join this session to understand the complexities around the prevention of loneliness in contemporary society and to explore it as a historical experience.

Expert psychiatrists will also discuss recent research on loneliness collected during the COVID-19 lockdown.

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand what is meant by loneliness and how we can measure it.

  • Learn about the impact of loneliness on mental health and health in general

  • Learn about societal and psychological interventions that can treat or alleviate loneliness.

  • Ascertain the interplay between politics and loneliness and what governments can do to alleviate societal loneliness.

This webinar is CPD accredited. 

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Agenda

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Welcome and introduction

Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, President, Psychiatry Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Loneliness opening remarks

Nigel Huddleston MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 

An overview of the current approaches to tackling loneliness at a government level

Seema Kennedy OBE, Board Member, Ofwat, Director, This is Purpose and Former Member of Parliament, South Ribble

Loneliness as a potential target for new interventions in mental health

Professor Sonia Johnson, Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry, Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London

Loneliness in literature

Ted Hodgkinson, Head of Literature and spoken word at Southbank

The contribution of loneliness to suicidal thoughts and behaviour

Dr Alexandra Pitman, Associate Professor, Division of Psychiatry, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London

Panel discussion

Loneliness in contemporary society. What can be done?

Close of meeting

Location

Online

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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