Mental Health in a Digital Age

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 15 January


The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Free for Ri Patrons

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Concession £10

Ri Members £7

About the event

Mental health is a growing public health concern, with an estimated one in six people experiencing a common mental health problem in the past week alone. 

In an increasingly technological world, Helen Stokes-Lampard, James Thomas, and Judit Simon discuss the impact of emerging technologies on advancements in public health. Our expert panel brings together perspectives from medicine, science and technology to address a major question for modern society: how can we leverage digital platforms to improve mental healthcare? 

About the speakers

Helen Stokes-Lampard is Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), the UK’s largest Medical Royal College, representing over 52,000 family doctors across the UK. 

Helen Stokes-Lampard

Helen is also the Vice Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and a part-time GP partner.

Helen was the first female to hold the position of RCGP Honorary Treasurer (2012-16), and having completed her academic GP training in inner city Birmingham in 2002, she went on to become Head of Primary Care Teaching (undergraduate) in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham before becoming RCGP Chair.


James Thomas is Chief Technology Officer at the Wellcome Trust, where he is responsible for leadership of the trust's technology and digital services. 

James ThomasJames has an extensive background in technology and healthcare, including eight years as a Director of UCL Hospitals, establishing UCL Partners, London NHS Procurement Partnership and the UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre. He has also worked with Genomics England to review its Informatics and bioinformatics capabilities.


Judit Simon is Professor of Health Economics and Head of the Department of Health Economics, Centre for Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna. 

Judit Simon

Judit is also a Visiting Professor of Cognitive Health Economics at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Research Associate at the Health Economics Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. She has a multidisciplinary background in medicine and health economics and is Fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health through Distinction.

As part of her special expertise in mental health economics, she contributed to the development of some earlier NICE mental health clinical guidelines and is currently working on a project that focuses on evaluating a digital platform for symptom monitoring in patients with chronic (mental) health disorders, in this case specifically for mood monitoring in patients with bipolar disorder


The discussion will be chaired by Matt Hutchinson, a junior doctor and comedian, whose writing has featured in the Independent and the Huffington Post.

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The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Following the talk, a private drinks reception for Ri Patrons will start at 8.30pm. 

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.

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