Innovation & Strategies for Digital Interventions in Mental Health


Westminster, London, England





TITLE   Innovation & Strategies for Digital Interventions in Mental Health

WHEN   31st July - 2nd August 2017

WHERE   Dean's Yard, Westminster School, Central London, England

REGISTRATION   Registration and attendance is free of charge. Total attendance is limited to approximately 80 delegates.

CREATOR   Dr Becky Inkster @Dr_Inkster (academic affiliations: Honorary Research Fellow Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK & Visiting Scholar SAFE Lab, Columbia University, New York City, USA)

SPEAKERS & CONTRIBUTORS   More information can be found here.

SOCIAL MEDIA   Want to help us spread the word?

AIMS   The overall aim is to combine psychiatry, digital technology and culture to bring innovative positive change for those seeking mental health support. Our key objectives include:

  1. to explore how digital technology data (e.g., social media sites) can be implemented into personalised and/or group mental health interventions; and
  2. to promote digital equality and develop culturally-sensitive ways to bring innovation directly to disadvantaged groups, including the homeless, inner city gang members, prisoners/young offenders, refugees, victims of violence, perinatal mental health, low resource areas and more.

OUTCOMES  More information can be found here


DAY 1, The Lecture Room, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF

Registration (12:00 – 2:00 pm)

Opening Remarks, Becky Inkster; Special Guest Speakers, sharing their social media journeys, headlined by poet Nikita Gill, and followed by members of Zimam Palestine (2:30 – 3:00 pm)

Keynote Lecture, Vikram Patel  (3:00 – 4:00 pm)

Social Event, The Hospital Club, Covent Garden (4:30 – 7:30 pm) - details here


DAY 2, Weston Building, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF

Lecture Themes (9:00 – 12:00 pm; 2:00 – 5:00 pm):

  1. The Digital Psychiatrist, Chaired by Editor, Dr Niall BoyceThe Lancet Psychiatry
  2. Global Digital Mental Health, Society and Culture, Chaired by Ricardo Araya, King’s College London, UK.
  3. Technology & Methodologies, Chaired by Dr David Stillwell; Cambridge University, UK
  4. Ethics, Policy and the Public Sphere, Chaired by News Editor, Matthew Shaw; BBC, UK


DAY 3, Weston Building, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF

Workshop Themes (9:00 – 10:00 am; 10:00 – 11:00 am; 11:00 – 12:00 pm)

There will be 5 parallel running conference workshops in which attendees can choose 3 to attend. This design has been used to encourage mixing of groups. Each workshop will ensure that attendees learn something about psychiatry, digital technology/methodologies, and various forms of culture. These workshops include:

  1. #BeyondTheBullets  How do Chicago gang networks communicate violence and trauma using Twitter?
  2. #TheDigitalPsychiatrist  We explore the capabilities and limitations of new technological approaches for patient interaction.
  3. #PrisonTransitionTools  How can digital technology supplement the reform process for prisoners both inside and outside of prison settings?
  4. #ViewsFromTheStreet  This Data Donation Project will offer the chance to analyse and interpret digital photographs taken by homeless people, which document their environments, daily experiences, thoughts and feelings.
  5. #FaceToFaceOrFacebook  Here we explore the latest trends and success stories of those successfully applying these tools.

Discussion Roundtables (2:00 – 2:30 pm), Weston Building, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF

Q&A Session Live Stream (3:00 – 4:00 pm), The Lecture Room, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF  

The Q&A Session will be streamed live from the UK (3pm) reaching out to people from India to California. We will combine knowledge exchanged derived from the Lectures and Workshops and we will also involve the public in this discussion. The intended digital audience is aimed to excede 1 million+ people. More details coming soon here!

Closing Remarks (4:30 – 5:00 pm), The Lecture Room, Westminster School, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PF  

Post-Conference "Tech for social good" hackathon (Wednesday 2nd August @ 5:30 pm onwards). More details can be found here.