#PreventableHarm discussion 20/7/16: Can risk assessment in mental health be evidence-based?


“Failed by mental health services” is an all too familiar newspaper headline.

Can mental health services use new research into risks of self-harm, harm to others, and violence from others to make better decisions? Or is risk assessment simply a box-ticking exercise, and might overemphasis on risk damage patient care?

We are organising a live debate in London on Wednesday 20th July at 6-8pm to discuss this subject and we want you to get involved!

Updated 22 Jul 2016

Here’s the full podcast of the public discussion courtesy of Niall Boyce from The Lancet Psychiatry

Listen to all of The Lancet Psychiatry audio podcasts here.

What’s the plan?

These questions and more will be addressed in a 90-minute ‘question-time’ style conversation featuring a panel of experts from a range of backgrounds: health professionals, researchers, and service users. There will be ample opportunity to share your views and drive the discussion.

The debate will take place in a room in London but also on Twitter, so if you can’t join us in person, please participate in the conversation at #PreventableHarm.

The meeting will be live streamed on YouTube and made available afterwards on The Lancet Psychiatry podcast.

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Join the conversation now on Twitter at #PreventableHarm.

Expert panel

Who is invited? 

Everybody! This event will be of interest to the wider public, people with lived experience, health professionals, scientists, and policy makers.

Please spread the word about the debate so we can get as many diverse views into the conversation as possible.

Where and when?

6-8pm, Wednesday 20th July 2016 (The discussion will begin around 6.30pm).

Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Book your free tickets now!

Numbers are limited! Please visit our Eventbrite page to book your FREE tickets!

Who is organising this event?

This debate is a partnership between the UCL Division of PsychiatryThe Lancet Psychiatry and the National Elf Service.



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