Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group
A message from Group Chair, Dr Nicola Byrne
Dear Women and Mental Health special interest group
I'm delighted to introduce myself as the new Chair of the group
with Syeda Ali as the new Treasurer.
I'm a general adult psychiatrist (female
acute) in London and I'm new to the group and the workings of the
College, so have much to learn. I've understood this group has
already evolved over the years in response to members changing
needs and interests, initially being focused on women's careers in
psychiatry (as the 'women in psychiatry', 'WIPSIG' group) to become
the 'women and mental health' group under the last Chair Katina
Anagnostakis, with a move to welcome men.
As the group's been on hold for a while (I understand due to
logistical problems with meetings) now seems a good time to review
its objectives and organisation.
I've sketched out some proposals in a
consultation document and would be very grateful for your
If you'd like to get actively involved in the
group Executive please let me know what you'd be interested in
doing - the next meeting will be at the Royal College on 19
We're one of the biggest special interest groups in the
College (over 3000 members), so we've real potential to achieve
something possibly quite brilliant together.
With best wishes,
Dr Nicola Byrne
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Nelson Ward | Lambeth Hospital | Landor Road | London SW9