Every word counts

Talk The inaugural RCN Foundation Lecture: Better Mental Health - the Beyond Words approach

Key facts

Genre: Event with live subtitles


Mental health problems are the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, and 1 in 4 people will experience mental ill-health in their lifetime. The issue is even more acute for some groups. For example, the experiences resulting from having a learning disability increase the likelihood of having a mental health problem. A study found that between 25% and 40% of people with learning disabilities also experience mental health problems. What can we do to improve mental health both generally and for more vulnerable groups?

Baroness Sheila Hollins, Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St George's University of London and former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, explains how mental health patients deserve a system that is humane, ethical and principled. The lecture will look at promoting the development of empathy for vulnerable groups, and show how the Beyond Words approach using pictures without words can enhance clinical communication.

Important notice:

This lecture was originally scheduled for 28 September. We apologise for any inconvenience to those who are unable to make the new date, and hope you will attend future events.

Event details

Thu 14 Dec 2017, 6:30pm

Live subtitling

Venue details

Royal College of Nursing (Care)
Library & Heritage Centre (Cowdray Hall)
20 Cavendish Square (entrance via Henrietta Street)
The Arts Council
The Arts Council
The Arts Council