The Second National Conference: The Mental Health of Athletes

The Mental Health of Athletes

Meet the speakers: Dr Allan Johnston – the world’s first Rugby League Sports Psychiatrist

Spotlight on Dr Allan Johnston
Dr Allan Johnston MBBS, MRCPsych, Cert.Med.Ed(IU)  is a key member of our conference development team and, along  with Professor Alan Currie, was our inspiration for this event: the Second  National Sports Psychiatry Conference - The Mental Health of Athletes? Allan’s expertise and enthusiasm for this new fast-growing field of psychiatry makes him the ideal chair for the morning session.

Following his passion…
With a strong passion for all sport, is a Sports Psychiatrist and Trustee to State of Mind Sport, a charity aiming to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Athletes and their communities. The Bradford Bulls RLFC employed Allan as the world’s first Rugby League Sports Psychiatrist in 2012. He now works with athletes across a range of sports, dance and performance disciplines.

Since leaving the Bradford Bulls Allan has developed ThisIsMy -  a Sports Medicine clinic in Leeds which is an independent private medical provider that works with all levels of conditions and injuries in Athletes. In addition he has recently been selected for a role with The UK Anti-Doping authority.

Allan is a Consultant NHS Psychiatrist specialising in General Adult Psychiatry at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  Since 2013 he has chaired the Derbyshire Suicide Prevention Strategy Group and has led a range of innovations in the region. He is co-founder of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sports and Exercise Psychiatry Special Interest Group (SEPSIG), the College’s fastest growing SIG.
Allan is a qualified teacher-trainer and is widely published in both Liaison & Sports Psychiatry.

Why should you attend the Conference – Allan says….

“Last year’s conference was the first conference of its kind and a real success. This year, the second National Conference, 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 beyond. 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 –’ is an important step towards establishing this mission and the future of Sports Psychiatry in the UK.”

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