The Mental Health of Athletes

The Mental Health of Athletes – who cares?
Meet the speakers: Dr Allan Johnston – the world’s first Rugby League Sports Psychiatrist

Spotlight on Dr Allan Johnston
Dr Allan Johnston is a key member of our conference development team and, along with our other co-chair, Professor Alan Currie, was our inspiration for this event: the First National Sports Psychiatry Conference - The Mental Health of Athletes – Who Cares?

Following his passion…
With a strong passion for all sport, Allan is a Sports Psychiatrist and Trustee at State of Mind Sport, a charity aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Athletes and their communities. Bradford Bulls RLFC employed Allan as the world’s first Rugby League Sports Psychiatrist in 2012 and he now works with athletes across the range of sports and performance.
Allan is also a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in General Adult Psychiatry and Liaison Psychiatry at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He is a qualified teacher / trainer and is widely published in both Liaison & Sports Psychiatry. He also chairs the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group.
Allan now works for Performance Health Innovations Ltd (PHIL) a Sports Medicine clinic in Leeds which is an independent private medical provider that works with all levels of conditions and injuries in Athletes.

What is his role in the conference?
Not to be missed…. as well as opening and closing the conference, Allan will be providing an ‘Introduction to Pre-habillitation and Resilience’: a tool for athletes and teams. The focus will be on preparing and reinforcing the brain’s ‘mind muscle’ for upcoming moments where stress or adversity could potentially be felt. 

Why should you attend the Conference – Allan says….
“This Conference, the first of its kind in the UK aims to pool the widest available knowledge and expertise in UK Sports Psychiatry. This is an exciting time in the field with a growing recognition of the importance of Athlete mental health within medicine, the media and elsewhere. ETN, an established medical education provider aims to give delegates a thorough grounding in the latest evidence and developments in the field of Sports Psychiatry”.

Why is the Mental Health of Athletes important?
“As part of our work with the Royal College of Psychiatrists newest Special Interest Group – The Sports and Exercise Psychiatry SIG - our mission is to achieve a Parity of Esteem whereby mental illness and injury receive equal recognition and treatment as that of physical illness and injury. This conference – ‘The Mental Health of Athletes – who Cares?’ is an important step towards establishing this mission and the future of Sports Psychiatry in the UK.”

To view more information about the conference click here. Secure your seat today, bookings can be made via our booking page.

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