BASEM Spring Conference 2019

March 7, 2019, Birmingham
Your Patient, Your Athlete and You!

Mental Health & Exercise

The conference will focus on mental health and exercise, in particular, the benefit that physical activity can have our mental wellbeing. Open to health practitioners and students, who wish to advance their knowledge about the interactions between exercise and mental health, and how our mental health influences our physical health.

Why Mental Health and Physical Activity?

Mental Health problems are one of the main health burdens of modern-day life. With 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children having experienced mental illness during their lifetime, it is easy to see why. Physical Activity has increasingly been shown to play a beneficial role in both the prevention and treatment of common mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Participation in the regular activity has a huge potential to enhance our wellbeing, thus increasing our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. The conference aims to update you on the latest evidence in this area as well as providing practical insights around how to implement this into your practice; supporting Your Patient, Your Athlete and You!


Come and take a day to explore the wide range of interactions between mental health and exercise; how it works and more importantly, how to effectively promote it. Conference ticket prices range from £35 - £150 with concessionary tickets available to all BASEM members.

Spring Conference 2019 Programme, Thursday 7th March 2019 Mental Health and Exercise; Your Patient, Your Athlete and You!

Day 01 / March 7

  • 8:30 am / Registration
  • 9:00 am / Welcome
    Dr Polly Baker, Sport & Exercise Medicine Consultant Dr Eleanor Tillett, Sport & Exercise Medicine Consultant
  • 9:05 am / Keynote Presentation: Why is Physical Activity Important in Mental Health?
    Dr Simon Rosenbaum, Research Fellow University New South Wales
  • 9:05 am
    Session 1: Mechanisms, Motivation and Patients
  • 10:05 am / How Does Physical Activity Influence Mental Health: Update On Mechanisms
    Dr Catherine Lester, SEM Consultant & FSEM Moving Medicine Lead for Mental Health
  • 10:30 am / Panel Q&A
    All Session 1 Speakers
  • 10:30 am / The Psychiatrist's Role Promoting Physical Activity
    Dr Amit Mistry, SpR Psychiatry, RCPsych Sport & Exercise Special Interest Group
  • 11:10 am / Morning Coffee and Networking
  • 11:30 am / Exercise Is Good For Your Mental Health, So Why Is It Risky To Be An Athlete?
    Professor Alan Currie, Consultant Psychiatrist & Lecturer
  • 11:30 am / Session 2: At The Sharp End - Athlete Focus
  • 12:05 pm / Exercise Is Good For Your Mental Health, So Why Is It Risky To Be An Athlete?Managing Athletes With Mental Health Conditions And Suicide Prevention
    Dr Allan Johnston, Consultant Psychiatrist &Sports Psychiatry Doctor
  • 12:45 pm / Panel Q&A
    All Session 2 Speakers
  • 1:00 pm / Lunch and Networking
  • 1:50 pm / An Athlete's Perspective
    Ms Laura Innes GB Handball
  • 1:50 pm / Session 3: In The Real World - How Mental & Physical Health Interact
  • 2:00 pm / How Mental And Physical Health Interact In The Elite Sport's Setting
    Dr Claire-Marie Roberts, Psychologist - GB Handball
  • 2:25 pm / Injury, Threat, Pain and Anxiety: Psychiatric Perspective on Chronic Pain!
    Professor George Ikkos,Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
  • 2:55 pm / Panel Q&A
    All Session 3 Speakers
  • 3:10 pm / Afternoon Tea and Networking
  • 3:30 pm / Scottish Institute Perspective - Looking After Performance Staff Mental Health At The Commonwealth Games
    Louise Wright, SIS Commonwealth Games Physio
  • 3:30 pm / Session 4: Last But Not Least…Us & The Workplace
  • 3:55 pm / Para Athletes And Performance Staff: Mental Health Strategies
    Sarah Cecil EIS Mental Health Lead
  • 4:20 pm / Pulling It All Together
  • 4:45 pm / Panel Q&A
    All Session 4 Speakers


This year's BASEM Spring Conference will take place at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in the centre of Birmingham

Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom, B2 4JQ

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March 7, 2019, Birmingham
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