About the Conference

In conjunction with the 2019 and 2022 Veteran Games, a remarkable Mental Health Conference was convened, under the distinguished chairmanship of Sir Simon Wessely and Professor Zahava Solomon. This landmark gathering of medical professionals was widely hailed as a resounding success, as it succeeded in uniting innovators in the mental health field, facilitating profound discussions on crucial issues. Such cross-border collaboration is crucial in advancing our comprehension and progress in the pivotal realm of mental health support for veterans.

At the 2022 Conference, the spotlight was cast on three distinct areas, each of significant relevance yet diverse enough to furnish valuable insights for all attendees. Firstly, delegates delved into the historical evolution of civilian-military relationships, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of veterans. Secondly, the conference explored the present-day role of sports, exercise, and competition in promoting veterans' integration and rehabilitation. This encompassed not only the compelling narrative of physical rehabilitation, which has gathered enthusiastic endorsement in numerous nations, but also the relevant implications for psychiatric rehabilitation. Lastly, participants engaged in forward-looking discussions, surveying developments in service delivery and treatment innovation, with a specific focus on the ever-evolving landscape of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) care.

The intention is to assemble yet another Mental Health Conference in 2024.

Professor Sir Simon Wessely is a British psychiatrist as well as Director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research and civilian consultant advisor in psychiatry to the British Army. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to military healthcare and to psychological medicine .