World Mental Health Day Symposium

Event Details

To mark World Mental Health Day, the Academic Department is hosting a detailed and thought provoking half-day symposium.  The programme highlights the impacts of various incidents, disasters and disease outbreaks on the people who endured them directly, or in their workplaces.  From the impact of COVID-19 on nurses and, by implication, other health services staff, to lessons learned for staff of responding agencies at the Manchester Arena bombing.  The diverse and challenging roles of staff and volunteers of the RNLI are presented under the heading of Saving Lives at Sea.  Finally, the afternoon concludes with a focus on important lessons for leadership and teams in emergencies and the challenges of working across organisational boundaries.

Expert speakers include Professor Jill Maben OBE, Professor John Drury, Master of the Society, AVM Aroop Mozumder CB and Dr Stefan Schilling.  Chair is Professor Richard Williams OBE.

In collaboration with the Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine, themes raised will also continue into the evening, with Professor Richard Williams giving the Audrey Few Lecture ‘No health without mental health: psychosocial and mental health care in conflict and catastrophes.’

Attendance cost: £25.
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Biographies of Speakers

Air Vice-Marshal Aroop Mozumder CB

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries
Master Apothecary 2023- 2024

 Aroop was born in London and educated at Latymer Upper School and Charing Cross Hospital Medical School. After qualifying in Medicine in 1979, he held various junior doctor training posts, before completing GP training. This was followed by almost two years working for Save the Children in famine relief in Sudan and Ethiopia in the 1980s, latterly with his wife Jane.

On return to the UK, Aroop joined the Royal Air Force as a Medical Officer intending to do a 3 year commission and ended up staying in for 28 years. He has had numerous operational tours to conflict zones, including Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He worked on flying stations as the senior medical officer in the UK and Germany, followed by stints in the RAF and Joint military HQs in operational planning as well as being Inspector General of Defence Medicine.  Latterly he was the Director General of Medical Services for the RAF.

For the past few years he has been the first Medical Director of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


Professor Jill Maben OBE

 Jill Maben is Professor of Health Services Research and Nursing at the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. She is a nurse and social scientist and her research focuses on supporting staff to care well. She has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and had grants totally over £10 million.

Jill undertook one of the first studies to demonstrate relationships between staff wellbeing and patient experiences noting staff wellbeing is an important antecedent of patient care performance.

She completed the first UK national evaluation of Schwartz Centre Rounds in the UK and has recently completed a review of psychological ill-health in nurses, midwives and paramedics.

Jill was awarded an OBE in June 2014 for services to nursing and healthcare. In 2013 she was in the Health Services Journal ‘Top 100 leaders’ and was also included on Health Service Journal’s inaugural list of Most Inspirational Women in Healthcare the same year.


Stefan Schilling

Stefan is a Lecturer in Social & Organizational Psychology at the University of Exeter researching the socio-structural determinants of teamwork and well-being in inter-professional teams and the facilitators for successful leadership and policy-making during pandemics, disasters, and conflict.

He has experience working with healthcare, disaster relief, and military personnel, has accompanied various specialised military units during training, lectured on ethics and leadership for British allied military units, and devised leadership training for entrepreneurs. Currently, he is involved in developing an intervention for the transition of veterans into civilian life.


John Dury

John Drury’s research focuses on collective behaviour in emergencies and disasters, protests, and social movements, and at festivals, music and sports events. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on these and other topics, including on events such as the London bombings of July 7th 2005, the Hillsborough disaster, and the 2010 Chile earthquake. He teaches crowd psychology to the UK Fire and Rescue Service and to crowd safety managers around the world. His research on collective resilience in mass emergencies has informed the training of stewards across the UK and Europe and informs the Civil Contingencies Secretariat’s National Risk Assessments. As part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he participated in the UK government SAGE behavioural science subgroup SPI-B and is a member of Independent SAGE. He is a former editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology and currently Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University of Sussex.