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

Invitation from the College President Professor Wendy Burn to attend a lecture ‘How autism affects mental health’ by Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dear Colleague,


'How autism affects mental health’

A lecture by Dame Stephanie Shirley

Thursday 22 February 2018

Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB


As President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, I am delighted to announce that Dame Stephanie Shirley will be giving a lecture entitled ‘How autism affects mental health’ on Thursday 22 February 2018 at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB. A biography for Dame Stephanie Shirley is below.

To reserve your place, please email Thomas Kennedy at by Tuesday 20 February 2018.


Lecture title: How autism affects mental health

Dame Stephanie ShirleyBiography:  Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH was an unaccompanied child refugee and later IT entrepreneur turned ardent venture philanthropist. To-date, over £15m benefactions have been directed to IT and some £50m to autism. She has used her business experience to found and take into sustainability three autism charities: Autism at Kingwood (which supports adults); Prior’s Court (an outstanding residential school and young adult centre); and Autistica (which funds medical research).

She set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism; is a member of the Westminster Commission on Autism; and set up the National Autism Project which led to the standing National Autistic Taskforce.


Lecture Synopsis

Dame Stephanie (84) speaks from practical experience and lay understanding of autism with learning disability. Her son was autistic and without speech, classed as ineducable and died aged 35 during an epileptic seizure.  She describes her philanthropic activities for both those directly affected and their family/carers, and summarises the activities of the 42 researchers funded by her medical research charity.

Dame Stephanie will also be receiving her Honorary Fellowship.

The lecture will begin at 6:30pm prompt and will be followed by a drinks reception. Please note: there is a charge of £5 per place to attend this lecture, payable on the evening. Places are limited for this event and will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis. To reserve your place, please email Thomas Kennedy at by Tuesday 22 February 2018.

I hope you will be able to join us for this enlightening and thought-provoking evening. 

Yours sincerely


Professor Wendy Burn,
President of The Royal College of Psychiatrists

P.S.  Places are limited, so please do respond as soon as possible.



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