12.00 PM – 12.45 PM

Mega Trend 2 - Wellbeing

45 mins, Mid-morning session

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year; 1 in 6 will report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week. Evidence suggests that 12% of sickness days are due to mental health issues with better mental health estimated to save the UK £8bn per year. The ‘wellness’ question is unlikely to disappear any time soon but how do we move the debate beyond yoga rooms, and step tracker apps into sustainable, profound change that can improve the mental health of the UK working population?

Marjorie Wallace

Marjorie Wallace CBE is the Chief Executive of SANE, the mental health charity which she founded in 1986 following her series of articles in The Times, The Forgotten Illness. She created the Prince of Wales International Centre for SANE Research in Oxford and pioneered SANEline, the country’s first national mental health helpline open 365 days a year.

In her journalistic career she twice won Campaigning Journalist of the Year Award in the British Press Awards, Medical Journalist of the Year, and the Snowdon Special Award. In 2016 she was given the Outstanding Campaigner Award in the Women of the Year Awards.

In 2006 she was selected as one of the 16 key achievers who had made a difference to the health of the nation for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and in 2008 was chosen as one of the 60 most influential people in shaping the history of the National Health Service.

Marjorie is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of University College London, an Honorary Doctor of Science at City University London, and Emeritus Guardian Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. In 2017 she was awarded honorary membership of the World Psychiatric Association and in 2018 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford.