20 November 2019
Introduced by Sue Brown ARMA CEO and Liam O’Toole, CEO, Versus Arthritis who partnered with ARMA for this flagship lecture, the two presenters Sue Patey and Dr Brendon Stubbs, delivered speeches to an attentive audience of patients, public health, health education and NHS officials.
Sue Patey, who has arthritis, spoke about the impact arthritis had on getting dressed, eating and on her mental health in a moving, honest speech.
Dr Brendon Stubbs is Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and NIHR Clinical Lecturer at Kings College London. He spoke about the links between pain, depression, lack of sleep/disturbed sleep and anxiety. He spoke about the evidence for physical activity in comparison to CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) for reducing depression. He spoke candidly that while exercise is considered a wonderful antidote, people with depression may not feel able to get up and shower and cook, let alone exercise.
In case you missed the lecture, or want to see it again, the recording of the event is available here.
Twitter was popular at the event; you can see the range of tweets via #MSKMentalHealth.