History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group – Future Archives Winners

Thursday 12 August 2021

Overview of this webinar

The next webinar in our 2021 series of free #RCPsychLive webinars - History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group: Future Archives Winners - took place on Thursday 12 August from 4pm - 5pm.

The webinar showcased the winners of the recent 'Future Archives' competition,  organised as part of the College's 180th anniversary celebrations, inviting people to contribute their thoughts and impressions of psychiatry and mental health services today. Through these archives, the College provided a broad perspective about what mental health care is like now, for future generations.

The competition closed on 30 April 2021, and received over 60 entries, delivered in a variety of formats including essays, poems, stories, film, paintings and cartoon strips to name a few. The entries were assessed by a diverse panel of judges, including a journalist, a clinician, a patient, and a historian.

There were 4 winners of the competition, Alea (patient winner), Rachel Cullivan (medic winner), Karrish Devan (medic winner) and Jennifer Parker (medic winner).

The webinar was chaired by the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Dr Adrian James, and the winners presented their entries and talk about their inspiration for their writing.


  1. Welcome - Dr Adrian James
  2. The masks we wear - Dr Karrish Devan
  3. The underbelly of a pandemic - Dr Jennifer Parker
  4. What was psychiatry like in 2020-2021 - Dr Rachael Cullivan
  5. Alea's poem entry - Presented by Dr Joanna Cannon
  6. Q&A
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