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: 8 September 9.00-13.00
    • Self-study period opens: 18 August
    • Work-in-progress presentations: 3 November 9.00-11.00

£165+VAT | Book here

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. 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 Jacob Krzanowski, Specialist registrar in adult psychiatry

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.

Dr Alan Kellas, Psychiatrist

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.

Stefi Barna, Director of education, CSH

Stefi is a global health academic who has taught planetary health at Queen Mary University of London and  public health at Norwich Medical School and Azim Premji University, India.