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Second Hertfordshire Public Health Conference a Big Success

November 5, 2014
Public Health

Over 200 delegates from a wide range of disciplines attended the second Hertfordshire Public Health Conference in Stevenage yesterday. The event, organised in association with RH Environmental, focused on examples of best practice from within the county and nationwide.

Keynote speeches were delivered by prominent clinical psychologist Gay Sutherland, who presented a stark picture of the issue of smoking and mental health, telling the audience that 40% of tobacco sales are to people with mental health issues.

Ben Page, Chief Executive of pollsters Ipsos Mori, opened the afternoon session looking at the large amounts of data gathered on public opinion and how to interpret it.

Talking about the event, Councillor Teresa Heritage, Hertfordshire’s Executive Member for Public Health and localism, said, “The whole benefit of public health coming into local government is that we have the opportunity to talk across departments and talk across agencies because everything affects everybody else. Every little facet of life involves public health.”

Other presentations looked at behaviour change and obesity, physical activity, diversity, and the voluntary sector. A consistent theme throughout the day was that of mental health services, with consultant psychiatrist Jonathan Campion outlining the size of a problem that sees only a minority of those with a mental disorder outside psychosis receive treatment.

A full set of presentations from the event will be available shortly on the HertsPublicHealth website.