UCLan community event to explore impact of Covid-19 on mental health

Posted on - 4th September, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Health, Politics, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, What's On in Preston
UCLan's campus in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall
UCLan’s campus in Preston Pic: Tony Worrall

UCLan has invited the public to a community event next week to consider the long-term impacts of Covid-19 on mental health and well-being.

On Wednesday, 7 September, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing (NFHW) will welcome guests to the Preston Campus.

The event will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in UCLan’s Greenbank Building, Victoria Street, Preston. It is free to attend, and there is no need to pre-register, with parking available on campus.

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UCLan's Student Centre and University Square
UCLan’s Student Centre and University Square

Professor Romesh Gupta OBE is the chair of the NFHW, a UCLan honorary professor and one of the speakers.

He said: “The partnership with the school of medicine and the Creative Communities Group is going from strength to strength, and we are all looking forward to being back on campus this September engaging with our audience of community members and senior health practitioners.

“We strongly encourage students and the public to attend the evening, and if clinically vulnerable, please don’t hesitate to wear a mask for additional protection and personal safety.”

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Topics include how the pandemic affected education and children’s services, Covid and mental health from a GP’s perspective, and the impact of the pandemic on children and young people.

Russell Hogarth is a UCLan honorary fellow and community ambassador, CEO of the NFHW and chairman of the UCLan Creative Communities Group.

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Russell said: “The impact of Covid-19 is far-reaching, and we hope, through this public event, to bring people together to discuss and reflect on how it has affected our mental health.

“The seminar will be of interest not only to the public but also to a wide range of health professionals, including health care workers and others involved in assessing and managing the long-term effects of Covid-19 on mental health in wider society.”

“Our last engagement seminar, delivered to a capacity audience at UCLan, was in February 2020. Due to the Covid outbreak, we had to move everything quickly online and engage with a new virtual audience.

“We are delighted to be back on campus delivering the first face-to-face public engagement seminar since the Covid pandemic.”

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In partnership with the UCLan School of Medicine, supported by the Creative Communities Group, the evening includes guest speakers and people sharing personal accounts of dealing with the long-term impact of Covid 19.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at UCLan, Professor StJohn Crean, said: “Covid exerted a malevolent influence upon our communities, and there remains a residual imprint on our human experience.

“Community events such as this will bring into focus Covid initiated collective shared experiences and hopefully shine a light on a journey to recovery.”

For more information, email Derek Ormerod at

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