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Glyndŵr University to host major psychology conference

8 September 2011

Psychology experts are meeting to discuss what can be done to improve the wellbeing of people in the UK as they struggle to cope with the effects of a static economy, high unemployment and lack of affordable housing.

The Welsh branch of the British Psychological Society is holding its inaugural meeting at Glyndŵr University on Saturday 10 September.

Around 70 academics are attending to debate sustainable wellbeing – what the government can do to foster improved wellbeing within individuals, communities and societies.

The event will be opened by Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, Chairman of Public Health Wales, who will lead a talk on Social Networks and Community Resilience: Environments for Health, Work and Happiness.

A spokesperson for the BPS said: ““Sustainable well-being” is manifestly not being achieved by many individuals and communities in the UK, as most recently demonstrated by widespread outbreaks of destructive rioting and looting. We are in an economic crisis that is severely limiting the money available to spend on societal problems and there is increasing inequality of wealth and income that evidence suggests threatens social cohesion and mutual trust.

“We’re hoping that Saturday’s meeting will help us to better understand how we can create an environment which will bring improved – and ongoing – wellbeing for society as a whole.”

Professor Christopher Alan Lewis, Ddean of the Uuniversity Iinstitute for Hhealth, Mmedical Ssciences and Ssociety at Glyndŵr University, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the first BPS Welsh branch annual event here in Wrexham. Our research and teaching in the area of psychology has grown considerably in recent years and the event will be of tremendous benefit for all our staff and students.”

A report of the event will be published on the website of the Welsh Branch of the British Psychological Society.

The BPS was set up in 1901 to promote understanding of psychology among the public.

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