Adrian attends Ukraine Psychiatric conference

The College’s President, Dr Adrian James has spoken about his experiences speaking to psychiatrists from Ukraine and Pakistan during a busy month.

Adrian said:

“I have recently had the privilege of meeting colleagues from the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association as part of their annual conference, which took place in Warsaw at the end of February.

“It was incredibly special to hear from Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, who spoke about the importance of good mental health, the need to support each other, the resilience of people and the possibilities beyond the war.

“I am so pleased that the conference went ahead despite the extremities psychiatrists are facing in Ukraine.

“It was an incredible honour to be there. The College continues to extend its support to Ukraine and we have many resources for psychiatrists on our website in response to international emergencies.”

Speaking of his visit to Pakistan, he went on:

“I have also just returned from a trip to the WPA Thematic Conference in Pakistan where I was joined by my fantastic colleagues from the British Pakistani Psychiatrists Association.

“It was a pleasure to present on some of the global challenges many of us face around the world, be that climate change, tackling inequalities or responding to COVID-19. The positive and vibrant atmosphere among all that were there is something that I will remember for years to come.

“I am proud that the College continues to have such strong connections all over the world and we are truly an international organisation. “

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