Tonight, Wellcome Collection presents Sick City, a balloon debate in which the audience decides public health priorities for London. Four speakers each propose a problem which they think demands our resources and attention. This week on the Wellcome Collection blog, we present a brief introduction to each speaker’s priority. Join the debate using the comments below, or come to the event to help make the decision.
Paul Farmer will put the case for mental health as London’s most urgent health challenge.
Quite simply, mental health is the greatest public health issue facing London, yet it is one of the most ignored.
We need to act on this quickly. It does not have to be like this.
Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006. He was a co-author of Realising Ambitions, an independent review for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He is a member of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme Board, Care Quality Commission (CQC) Mental Health Board and Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium. He is also a member of the Centre for Social Justice Mental Health Inquiry.Before becoming Chief Executive of Mind, Paul was Director of Public Affairs for Rethink and was Chair of the Mental Health Alliance from 2001-06.