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Lord Layard wins first ever Royal College of Psychiatrists President's Medal

Richard LayardLord Richard Layard, founder and director of LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, is one of eight people who have been awarded a medal by the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The President’s Medals, which are being presented for the first time this year, have been awarded for outstanding individual contributions to mental health and psychiatry.

College president Professor Dinesh Bhugra said: ‘When I became president, one of my personal priorities was to extend the ways in which we celebrate and honour people from all walks of life who have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to improving the lives of people with mental illness.

‘That’s why this year, for the first time ever, I am proud to be awarding the President’s Medal to eight people whose contributions in fields relevant to mental health - research, education, clinical work, advocacy, the media and public policy - are both inspiring and stunning.’

The other people who have been awarded a medal are:

  • His Excellency Dr Salih Al-Hasnawi, psychiatrist and minister for health in Iraq
  • Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind
  • Paul Jenkins, chief executive of Rethink
  • Lynne Jones, former MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health
  • Baroness Molly Meacher, member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health
  • Sathnam Sanghera, author and journalist
  • Dr R Thara, director of the Schizophrenia Research Foundation in India

The recipients will receive their medals in a special presentation ceremony on Wednesday 23 June, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ International Congress in Edinburgh.

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