The Mental Health of Athletes – who cares?

The Mental Health of Athletes – who cares?
Meet the speakers:  Professor Hamish McAllister-Williams – Professor of Affective Disorders, Newcastle University

Spotlight on Professor McAllister-Williams
Professor McAllister-Williams is a clinical academic with an interest in mood disorders and in particular the use of pharmacological interventions.  He is Director of Education for the British association for Psychopharmacology and an author of two chapters in the recent Sports Psychiatry text book edited by Alan Currie and Bruce Owen (Oxford Psychiatry Library, 2016) on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Psychotropic Drug Prescribing’.

Following his passion…
Hamish is employed by Newcastle University and has an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist contract with Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.  Clinically he works in a tertiary level affective disorders service providing advice for patients with complex and/or treatment resistant mood disorders.  Academically he undertakes research into the pathophysiology and treatment of mood disorders running a number of large treatment trials.
Outside of work, Hamish’s main passion is as an endurance runner.  He is a member of Morpeth Harriers and Athletics Club in the North East of England, where he is also a level 2 accredited Endurance Coach.  He particularly focuses on coaching what are referred to as ‘veterans’ in athletic circles – i.e. anybody over 35.  Many of the people he coaches are late entrants to running.  Hamish himself competes in mainly road races from 5K to the marathon (of which he has completed 18 with a best of 2:58).

What is his role in the conference?
Giving a lecture on prescribing for sports men and women.

Why should you attend the Conference – McAllister-Williams says...
Any clinician who sees patients who also undertaking sport – whether recreationally or at an elite level.

Why is the Mental Health of Athletes important?
The mental health of everybody is important.  Athletes of all levels of involvement have specific issues that impact on diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

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