The Contact Group

The UK collaboration for military mental health policy, treatment and research

Contact Armed Forces

The UK collaboration for military mental health policy, treatment and research

The Contact Group is the UK collaboration for military mental health policy, treatment and research, and the mental health cluster for Cobseo.

Supported by the Veterans’ Foundation, Contact is delighted to be hosting a one-day military mental health event in Cardiff on Wed 22 June.

The event will focus on the military mental health sector (for serving, veterans and families) in both Wales and the UK. It will include keynote speeches, speaker panels featuring a range of speakers, and sessions on key Contact workstreams with opportunities for questions, small group discussions, and feedback. The outline programme follows below (subject to change, speaker details to be confirmed shortly). Register to attend here.

Thanks to the generous support of the Veterans’ Foundation, the event is free and open to all, both sector professionals and those with a general interest in military mental health in the UK, however due to limited space registration is required and early registration is recommended (please register ASAP or by 8 June at the latest).

Please note that this is an in-person event and remote/online participation will not be possible. For those who cannot attend, a summary of the event including any presentations used, event outcomes and next steps will be posted to this page afterwards.

Contact Group UK Military Mental Health sector event
Wed 22 June 2022, 10.00am- 4.15pm
Cardiff Marriott Hotel, Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1EZ

Open to all – Free to attend – Registration required (by 8 June)
Register to attend here

Outline programme:
(subject to change, speaker details to be confirmed shortly)

9.30-10.00 Registration & coffee

10.00-10.05 Introduction & welcome: Charles Winstanley, Independent Chair, Contact Group
10.05-10.25 Keynote speech (tbc)
10.25-10.45 Keynote speech (tbc)

10.45-11.30 Speaker panel: Overview of the Wales Military Mental Health sector in 2022 and beyond (followed by Q&As and discussion)

11.30-11.45 Coffee

11.45-12.00 Contact workstreams: Case management & Common assessment – VMHIS & CAF
12.00-12.15 Small group discussions
12.15-12.30 Group feedback

12.30-1.30 Lunch

1.30-1.45 Contact workstreams: Data dashboard and Research
1.45-2.00 Small group discussions
2.00-2.15 Group feedback

2.15-2.30 Contact workstream: Quality & accreditation – QNVMHS
2.30-2.45 Small group discussions
2.45-3.00 Group feedback

3.00-3.15 Coffee

3.15-4.10 Speaker panel: Overview of the UK Military Mental Health sector in 2022 and beyond (followed by Q&As and discussion)

4.10-4.15 Final thoughts and close