HOW MEN GRIEVE

Death and grief are still taboo subjects in our society.

Bereaved men, in particular, may find it difficult to ask for help, with figures showing they are half as likely as women to seek support for their mental health.

There are some signs of a shift, however, with high-profile men opening up about grief, notably widowed footballer Rio Ferdinand, and Princes William and Harry.

At this event, chaired by Louise Chunn, founder of www.welldoing.org and former editor of Psychologies, Good Housekeeping and InStyle, our speakers will explore how men grieve, the challenges they face and the support they need.

PAUL JOHNSON is a freelance journalist and the widowed husband of Simone Cave, former health editor at the Daily Mirror and a best-selling author of a range of baby and childcare books. Simone died very suddenly in 2012 and since her death, Paul has concentrated on bringing up their three children alongside work and home obligations and piecing together a new future for himself and his family. 

JULIA SAMUEL is a psychotherapist who has spent the last 25 years working with bereaved families. In 1994, she established Child Bereavement UK as its Founder Patron, where she continues to play a central role. Her bestselling book, Grief Works, was published in March 2017. Julia will describe differences between the ways men and women grieve. 

ANDREW G MARSHALL is the UK’s best-known marital therapist and author of 19 self-help books. Last year, to mark the 20th anniversary of his partner’s death, he published My Mourning Year, covering the final illness, the first year of bereavement, the mistakes he made and what helped his recovery. Andrew believes our culture’s difficulty with talking about death means most widows and widowers don’t receive enough support and is campaigning for the bereaved to have a mourning year. In June, he will publish The Power of Dog: How getting a puppy helped heal a grieving heart

TOBY AND SACHA LANGTON-GILKS’ eldest son David, known as DD, died at home of a cancerous brain tumour in 2012, following five years of treatment.  Sacha is a singing teacher, gardener and supporter of The Brain Tumour Charity’s Headsmart Campaign. She has recently written the first practical guide for parents and young people facing end of life: Follow the Child: Planning and Having the Best End of Life Care for Your Child. Toby is an Emmy-nominated composer who created a music course at HMP Guys Marsh, which has helped some of the most disruptive and violent inmates go on to win recording contracts and stay out of crime.  

DR ASHTON HARPER will speak about grief and the gut, looking at the impact of mental stress on intestinal function and how to improve mood via the gut.

Date:      Tuesday 20 March 2018

Time:     6.30pm, registration

               7pm, presentations, followed by light refreshments

Venue:   Warren Suite, Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ

Tickets: £10 Guild members, £15 non-member guests – to book your ticket/s, please contact the Guild office admin@healthwriters.com

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Explore the gut brain superhighway

SOLD OUT - Guild’s major event on The Gut Brain Axis.

The two-way mechanism between the gut and the brain is now the subject of pioneering research worldwide, opening the way to novel treatments for anxiety, depression and other mood disorders as well as for chronic gut problems, including inflammatory bowel disorders. 

Our four expert speakers are epidemiologist Professor Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth; psychiatrist Professor Ted Dinan, leading researcher on the gut microbiota’s influence on brain function and development; GP Dr Rangan Chatterjee, BBC1’s Doctor in the House; naturopath Lucinda Miller, who specialises in natural solutions to children’s health problems.

Details:

Date:              12 February 2018

Time:              6.30pm – registration

                       7pm, presentations, followed by light buffet supper

Venue:         The King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN

Tickets:

£10 Guild members

£15 Non-member guests

To book your ticket/s, please contact the Guild office admin@healthwriters.com

 

 

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The Future of Personalised Medicine for Cancer 

Understand the rise of ‘omics’  – genomics and epigenomics – with leading experts exploring cutting edge treatments and interventions in the quest for more personalised cancer medicine.

SPEAKERS

Personalised medicine – is this the future for cancer treatment?

Professor Simon Leedham, Centre for Personalised Medicine, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford

 

The 100,000 Genomes Project – a key aim is to improve cancer care in NHS

Mark Caulfield, Chief Scientist, Genomics England

 

The Oncotype DX test – a case study

Nigel Bundred, Professor of Surgical Oncology, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust

 

Patients’ perspective on genomics in cancer

Jayne Spink, Chief Executive, Genetic Alliance UK Genetic Alliance supports and campaigns for people with genetic conditions and patients whose healthcare and treatment is affected by their genetic profile.

 

Chair Dr Martin Scurr

Former GP, Hospice director, medical consultant and journalist

 

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‘The Guild of Health Writers thanks Genomic Health for their generous sponsorship of this event and would like to state that this is an independent event. In accordance with its objectives, the Guild aims to provide a balanced, non-partisan forum for discussion and does not endorse any commercial products’.

Tickets: £10 Guild members, £15 non-member guests (invited by Guild members)

For tickets please contact the Guild office – admin@healthwriters.com