Mental Health and War: Then and Now

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Date / time
Date(s) - 21 September
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

University of Chester, Riverside Campus


Shell-shock quickly emerged as a major concern in the armed forces during the First World War. In subsequent conflicts, healthcare interventions have tried to take account of the psychological trauma experienced by soldiers, from PTSD to schizophrenia.

Claire Chatterton, Chris Carter and Gerwyn Michael discuss the experiences and treatment of mental illness in war past and present, and what we can learn from this for nursing today.

This afternoon workshop is hosted by Alan Finnegan and a joint RCN and University of Chester event.

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