King's Psych Soc

Interested in mental health? You should be - the question of mental health is no longer one to be reflected upon solely by psychiatrists, or even health professionals. It is a question and a matter of interest for society as a whole, one that the KCL Psychiatry Society invites you to explore together. 

KCL Psychiatry Society was the first undergraduate psychiatry society in the UK, set up in 2005 to promote psychiatry as a career to medical students, support those students who wished to pursue psychiatry as a career and raise the profile of mental health issues amongst all student health professionals - as we recognise that there is no health without mental health. Broadly, it is a society and community for everyone who is interested in mental health - regardless of professional or academic background. 

We are indebted to the undergraduate psychiatry team at King's College London School of Medicine and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) for their help and support over the years. This has allowed us to tap into the collective strength, diversity and creativity in these communities - giving us the chance to bring amazing speakers and great ideas to our society! 

Our events are diverse and varied - we welcome controversy, debate and above all, collaboration. In the recent years, we have taken the initiative to build bridges and collaborate across student societies, highlighting the importance of mental health across all areas of medicine. For instance, we have worked with the GastroSoc (on eating disorders), Oncology Soc (on the biological psychiatry of cancer), NeuroSoc (on psychosis) and the Health Humanities Soc (on art and mental health), just to name a few. 

In the past, we have often featured eminent speakers - including Professor Simon Wessely, across various topics ranging from forensic psychiatry and ethics to eating disorders. On the academic front, we organise psychiatry workshops and mock OSCEs as well as a Career “Speed Dating” event for attendees to gain insight into the varied subspecialties in psychiatry. 
Across London and the wider UK Psychiatry Society network, we are regular supporters of the Medfest Film Festival, the IoPPN Summer School and the National Student Psychiatry Conference (which incidentally - began at King’s) as well as events hosted by our fellow PsychSocs. 

Most events are open to all, particularly students and staff at King's College London, the Institute of Psychiatry and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Thanks to the generous support we receive from the IoPPN, all events are completely free, we charge no membership, and raise money for relevant charities at many of our events. We are happy to support and encourage interested students at other medical schools to set up their own societies.


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