The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing and partners invite you to attend a public engagement and educational seminar on the theme: – 

‘The Mental Health Impact of the COVID 19 Pandemic’ 

to take place between 6-30 and 8-30 pm on Wednesday, 7th September 2022 at the Greenbank Building, Victoria Street, Preston, PR1 2HE, University of Central Lancashire. 

Free to attend – No pre-registration required. 

Free parking on University car parks. 

Context – An estimated 1.8 million people living in private households in the UK (2.8% of the population) were experiencing self-reported long COVID (symptoms continuing for more than four weeks after the first suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) infection that were not explained by something else) as of 2 July 2022.’ – Source Office for National Statistics. 

The event – is one of a series organised by the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine with the support of the University Creative Communities Group. The programme is intended to promote understanding and discussion of contemporary issues relating to community health and wellbeing. Designed to be participant friendly, with ample time set aside for visitor contributions and discussion, this seminar should have a wide appeal. 

Target audience – the seminar will be of interest not only to the public but especially to a wide range of health professionals and health professionals in training. It will also engage with the practical concerns of health care workers and others involved in assessing and managing the long-term effects of Covid 19 on mental health in wider society. 

The programme – 

is designed around contributions from guest speakers, each with an individual perspective on the overall theme of the seminar, 

Speakers – 



Professor Romesh Gupta OBE, Chair of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing will welcome guests and set the scene for the event. 





Amanda Hatton, Chief Guest, Executive Director for Education, Children’s Services and Criminal Justice, 

City of Edinburgh Council will introduce the proceedings and speak on, 

‘The Impact of the Pandemic on Education and Children’s Services’. 


Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, GP Principal, Chorlton Medical Practice & Professor of General Practice Research, University of Keele, will address the theme,  

‘Covid 19 and Mental Health’. 


Dr. Shruti Garg, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Translational Child Psychiatry, University of Manchester will bring the perspective of a child psychiatrist to examine – 

‘The Impact of COVID 19 on Children and Young People’. 

Personal accounts of post-covid experiences included – 



The presentations will be supported and enriched by the inclusion of a sequence of personal testimonies from individuals with direct experience of the long-term impact of Covid 19 infection. 

No need to pre-book – 

The Seminar starts at 6-30 pm, is free to attend and no pre-registration is necessary. Parking is free on University car parks. 

For further information please contact: 

NFHW gratefully acknowledges the support received in organising the seminar programme from the University of Central Lancashire and its Creative Communities Group. 

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