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

Stephen Fry: 'Choose psychiatry'

Hundreds of medical students attended a college event this month to hear Stephen Fry tell them: “Choose psychiatry”.


Stephen, who supported the college’s #ChoosePsychiatry campaign last autumn, told students in London, “Physical health is important but nowhere near as exciting as the science of cognition and consciousness.”


And he urged the students at Barts and The London Medical School: “The brightest and the best minds must join the fight against mental illness.”


Stephen – hailed by our President Professor Wendy Burn as a national treasure – was speaking at an event called Psychiatry: Brain, Mind and Body in the 21st century, which also included excellent talks on neuroscience.


Professor Ania Korszun set the scene with a talk which advocated psychiatry’s role at the centre of medicine and medical care.


Dr Gareth Cuttle spoke about the exciting future which beckons for tomorrow’s psychiatrists, thanks to advances in neuroscience and our improved understanding of the relationship between mental health and the brain.


Then Dr Derek Tracy gave a lively talk about the evolution of the human mind, which had students learning and laughing in equal measure.


After Stephen Fry’s brilliant speech, he joined a panel discussion.


The event followed a successful National Student Psychiatry Conference in January in Brighton.



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