Sustainable Mental Healthcare

This course brings together people from across mental health and social care to develop social, environmental and financial sustainability in mental health services, and highlights the leadership role mental health professionals can play in providing healthcare for all within planetary boundaries.   

  • Workshop: 20 October (Wed) 09.00-13.00
    • Self-study period opens: 29 September (Mon)
    • Work-in-progress presentations: 08 December (Wed) 09.00-11.00
  • Workshop: 13 January (Thu) 13.00-17.00
    • Self-study period opens: 23 December (Thu) 
    • Work-in-progress presentations: 24 February (Thu) 15.00-17.00
  • Workshop: 08 April (Fri) 15.00-19.00
    • Self-study period opens: 18 March (Fri)
    • Work-in-progress presentations: 27 May (Fri) 17.00-19.00

£165+VAT | Book here

Book a course with peace of mind: We realise that healthcare workers may have to change their plans at short notice. If you are unable to attend a workshop, we can offer you a workshop at a later date for no charge. We can also offer a refund as long as you cancel before the course opens for self-study, which is 3 weeks before the workshop. There will be an admin fee of £30 for refunds.

Course Description   

The interconnected processes of climate change and biodiversity collapse undermine mental health in a variety of ways.   They disproportionately affect vulnerable groups, including persons with pre-existing mental illness, and evoke powerful feelings and thoughts, especially for children and young people.   Mental health services based on the principles of sustainable healthcare emphasize prevention, shape acute services around a triple bottom line of quality, carbon and cost, and employ nature-based solutions where appropriate. Developed in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatry Planetary Health and Sustainability Committee, this course brings together people from across mental health and social care to develop social, environmental and financial sustainability in mental health services, and highlights the leadership role mental health professionals can play in providing healthcare for all within planetary boundaries.    

Learning outcomes   

  1. Describe the relationship between the climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and mental illness.
  2. Recognize the central role of psychological approaches to action and practice. 
  3. Apply sustainability principles to current challenges in mental healthcare.   
  4. Identify opportunities to improve mental health in my practice, my organisation and the community. 

 

Facilitators

Dr Alan Kellas

Alan has recently retired from twenty years in NHS psychiatry. Over the last few years he has become interested the theory and practice of eco-psychologies and eco-therapies - how nature in its many forms can be a resource for mental health. He has explored these as part of strategies for mood regulation and managing challenging behaviour amongst other indications. Alan is currently the Green Care lead on the Royal College of Psychiatry Sustainability Committee.

Dr Jacob Krzanowski

Jacob is a specialist registrar in general adult psychiatry carrying out his training at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust. He has an interest in the interface between mental health and green spaces having organised and implemented green-space walking groups for patients and staff. In 2018-19 he worked with CSH to establish the Green Walking Project to promote and facilitate green-space walking groups for psychiatric inpatients, in partnership with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He continues to support this and other work through his role as CSH Associate.

hayleyDr Hayley Pinto

Hayley was a lead consultant addiction psychiatrist with nearly 30 yrs experience in the NHS and publicly funded services.  She is a medical educator, and currently senior honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia, and has been involved in climate education, outreach, and activism for several years. Hayley also has a degree in psychology and completed general practice training before pursuing a career in psychiatry. 

stuartDr Stuart d’Arch Smith

Dr Stuart d’Arch Smith is a specialist registrar in psychiatry with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and was the CSH Education Fellow for Sustainable Quality Improvement in 2019-20.

kathereneDr Katherine Kennet

Katherine is a psychiatrist and Social Prescribing Lead at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She has an interest in health policy with a focus on environment and sustainability as social determinants of health, social justice and equality.  She has authored several book chapters and Royal College of Psychiatrists position statements on this subject and presents regularly on sustainability and mental health.