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Sixth Former Esme Wins Psychiatry Summer School Prize

Congratulations to Esme in Year 12 who has won the Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Summer School Prize, run by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Esme attended an online post-GCSE Psychiatry Summer School run by the Maudsley Hospital and King’s College Hospital, which involved many interactive talks over three days from a variety of speakers, including psychiatrists, psychologists and patients. In speaking about the Summer School, Esme said, ‘I remember finding the patient sessions most enjoyable, as they often gave personal accounts of their lives, struggles and roads to recovery, which I found incredible to hear.’

At the end of the Summer School, the organisers announced a competition run annually by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Participants were encouraged to produce a piece of original work that had been inspired by the Summer School, and could be anything from an essay to a song or piece of artwork. Esme decided to create a two minute video inspired by a talk from a Consultant Psychiatrist at King’s, who spoke about the under-funding of the Psychiatry Department and the effect that it has on people in need. Esme’s video showed different public figures speaking out about mental health and their experiences, in order to demonstrate the effect that mental illness can have on someone’s life, and therefore how more funding is necessary.

Congratulations to Esme on winning this prestigious competition!


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