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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Let’s talk about sex… and mental health

Annual women and their mental health conference

8 December 2017

Dates Friday 8 December 2017
Time 09:00- 16:45
Type Conference

America Square Conference Centre, London


CPD up to 6 CPD hours per day

Non-Member Fee            £250
Standard Fee £195
Reduced Fee £110


Non- Member Fee: Applies to Non-Members of the College of any grade

Standard Fee: RCPsych fellows/members/associates at the following grades Consultants/Locum Consultants, Associate Specialists, Staff Grades, SpRs, ST/CT1-3’s, ST4-6’s, SHO’s and Pre-membership Psychiatric Trainees/Trainee Registration with the college.

Subsidised Fee: RCPsych members or fellows registered with membership on the Retired or Reduced subscription rate of 50% or less. Medical Students and Foundation Years Doctors registered with the college as a Student Associate. (RCPsych members/associates only)


*** If you are a UK medical student or Foundation Year doctor and not registered as a student associate with the college, you can apply for free. 


How to book



*Please read our cancellation policy before making your booking.*


*online bookings are preferred, however if you need to complete the paper version of the registration form please download*



The Royal College of Psychiatrists presents this year’s Women and Mental Health Conference – “Let’s Talk About Sex”. The conference focuses on sex and sexuality in mental health in particular the impact of societal notions of female sexuality on mental health.


This year’s conference is uncompromising in its examination of the role of societal expectations of female sexuality in the development of mental health problems in women. To this end there will be discussion of the prevalence of mental health problems in women; the relationship of these to sexual abuse and exploitation; the role of pornography and the exponential growth of cosmetic surgical procedures in women.




Cosmetic surgery and its benefits or otherwise to women’s mental health

Ms Mary O’Brien,  Consultant Plastic and Hand Surgeon

Epidemiology of women’s mental health and relationship with sexual abuse and exploitation

Professor Kathryn Abel

Sexualisation of women and pornography

Heather Brunskell-Evans


Young women's experiences of sexual violence and implication for mental health

Dr Christine Barter


Sexual rights in women

Elana Covshoff

Psychotropic medication and the impact on women’s sexual functioning

Shubulade Smith

Women’s mental health will only improve when the media stop propagating unrealistic images of “Barbie doll” females - Panel Discussion, chaired by Marie O'Riordan, journalist and former Marie Claire editor



  • To provide an update of the epidemiology of women’s mental health
  • To provide an update on the latest understanding of the impact of sexual abuse and exploitation on women’s mental health
  • To provide an overview of societal expectations of female sexuality and how these might impact women’s mental health
  • To provide a good understanding of the sexual rights of women and how these may be affected by psychiatric care
  • To provide an update on the impact of psychotropic medications on women’s sexual health and reproductive function.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will gain a good understanding of the latest research into the effects on women’s mental health of sexual abuse and exploitation.
  • Participants will learn about the relationship between the sexualisation of women in pornography and mental health.
  • Participants will learn about the relationships between the increase in cosmetic surgery and mental health and understand how to better assess those who may be at risk of adverse outcomes.
  • Participants will learn about safer prescribing in women taking into account psychological and social aspects of prescribing in addition to biological ones.



Please note that accommodation is not booked via the RCPsych, and that participants are asked to make their own arrangements. There are many hotels to suit a range of budgets a short walk or bus journey from the venue.

Contact our partner agency MICE Concierge for assistance:


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Caroline Simms 


delegate feedback from 2016


"Excellent and engaging"


"Very informative event and a good combination of speakers who were able to present different and useful perspectives on the topic"


"Very practical and knowledgeable"