Experts by Personal and Professional Experience: A Novel Anti-Stigma Intervention Targeting Healthcare Professionals and Students – Dr Ahmed Hankir, King’s College London

June 10, 2021 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Webinar (via Zoom online)

*Abstract:* Mental health problems are over-represented in healthcare workers, including doctors and psychiatrists. The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated this. However, stigma and a culture of shame are major barriers to mental healthcare services and consequently many healthcare workers with mental health problems continue to suffer in silence despite the availability of effective treatment the consequences of which can be tragic and fatal. In this talk we discuss the unique role that Experts by Personal and Professional Experience (EPPE) or ‘Wounded Healers’ can play at reducing mental health related stigma, breaking down the barriers to mental healthcare services and ‘harmonizing’ relations between mental healthcare providers and receivers.

*Biography:* Dr Ahmed Hankir is Academic Clinical Fellow in General Adult Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research in association with Cambridge University and Public Education and Engagement Lead for the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, Disabilities and Human Rights at the Institute for Mental Health at the University of Nottingham. Dr Hankir’s research interests include global and Muslim mental health and pioneering and evaluating innovative programmes that challenge mental health related stigma and Islamophobia. Dr Hankir is co-editor of three textbooks on psychiatry and faith with senior members of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr Hankir is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards notably the Royal College of Psychiatrists Foundation Doctor of the Year Award, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Core Psychiatric Trainee of the Year Award and twice a Finalist for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychiatric Communicator of the Year Award.

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