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Psychiatry, Nature and the Climate Crisis

Join RCPsych NI on Thursday 25th November 2021 as we explore psychiatry, nature and the climate crisis and the connectedness of mental and planetary health. 

“The crisis in the natural world is of paramount concern. We will focus on the challenges of the impending climate catastrophe and collapsing ecosystems for mental health , mental health services and the practice of psychiatry and what we might do as an organisation , as individual practitioners and citizens of the planet to face this crisis.” 

Dr Richard Wilson FRCPsych, Chair RCPsych NI and Vice President RCPsych.


Speakers Include:


Pádraic Fogarty

Irish Wildlife Trust

Connecting people to the biodiversity crisis.

Pádraic Fogarty is an ecologist and environmental scientist. He was chair of the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) from 2008 to 2012 and editor of Irish Wildlife magazine from 2009 to 2017. He is currently campaign officer with the IWT, working on addressing the extinction crisis. He is author of the 2017 book Whittled Away – Ireland’s vanishing nature and lives in Dublin.


Dr Aoife Kirk – Irish Doctors for Environment

The Impact of Climate Change on Human Health.

Irish Doctors for the Environment are collective group of medical professionals in Ireland who are focused on promoting, improving and sustaining the health of humans by striving to improve the health of the environment.


Dr Guy Harvey – Consultant Psychiatrist, Consultant in Sustainable Healthcare, CNTW NHS Trust.

The Environmental Footprint of Pharmaceuticals. Ideas on how to reduce it.


Dr Dasal Abayaratne, ST5 Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust and Sustainability Scholar RCPsych

Establishing sustainable mental health practice and multi-disciplinary quality improvement.


Dr Sue Stuart-Smith MA MBBS MRCPsych PhD

The Well Gardened Mind

Dr Stuart Smith book The Well Gardened Mind demonstrates through science, insight and anecdote that shows how our understanding of nature, and its restorative powers is only just beginning to flower.


A Tale of Two Gardens

St Lukes Hospital ArmaghChaired by Dr  Liz Dawson Consultant Psychiatrist SHSCT.

Dr Liz Dawson will lead a conversation on how garden spaces at St Lukes Hospital Armagh inpatient dementia services and outpatient addiction services have improved outcomes for patients.


Dr Amelia Cussans, Psychiatry Trainee CNWL NHS Foundation Trust – Psych Declares

Medical Activism


For the full programme and online booking visit the website.


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Booking rates:

  • Members – £75
  • Higher Trainee / SAS – £55
  • Core Trainee / FY and Medical Students – £35
  • Non-member – £100 (or contact us for rates for other membership organisations)


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