SUPPORT in Mind Scotland and Bipolar Scotland, in partnership with NHS Health Scotland, are to host a Health Inequalities Conference at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on Wednesday, 23 March from 10.15am-4pm.

The conference will explore the relationship between physical and mental health. 

To book a place please contact Bipolar Scotland on 0141 560 2050, or [email protected]. Places are free but limited. This conference is aimed at clinicians, people with lived experience and all those involved in the sector.

The relationship between good mental and physical health is well understood as is the fact that people with mental illness still die up to 20 years sooner than necessary due to undiagnosed or untreated physical health conditions.

 This conference aims to:

  • Focus specifically on the physical health needs of people with serious mental health conditions
  • Give an overview of the issue and the current policy agenda aiming to tackle the issue
  • Highlight and promote solutions and practical action that can be taken in the immediate, medium and long terms to bring about improvements to close the inequality gap
  • Make recommendations for inclusion in the 2016+ Mental Health Strategy – and the links to other strategies across the inequalities agenda.

This conference will also see the launch of "Equally Fit", a project funded by See Me, which aims to focus on the health inequalities faced by people with serious mental illness to improve physical health, to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Through a change network and with the involvement of change champions from both organisations, we will: 

  • Develop a charter for health equality
  • Design a strategy for action based on that charter and
  • Produce a plan to roll out this strategy to empower people with mental illness to have equal swift access to good physical health care.

Registration for the conference opens at 9.45am and the programme is as follows:

Morning session

Chaired by NHS Health Scotland

Speakers

Dr Alastair Cook

Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists,

Scotland

Dr Miles Mack

Chair, Royal College of GPs Scotland

Afternoon Session

Chaired by Professor Daniel Smith,

University of Glasgow

Speakers

Michelle Howieson, Bipolar Scotland

Speaker from Support in Mind Scotland tbc