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Top five calls to action from the #MQScienceFestival

This blog was written by Mariana Bolivar, Mental Health Inequalities Programme Lead at MQ Mental Health Research.

For the last eight years, MQ has hosted an annual event that convenes experts, researchers, experts by experience, policy makers and mental health practitioners all into one place so that together, we can tackle some of the biggest challenges in mental health.

This year, for the first time ever, the MQ Science Festival was fully virtual and completely free, leading to a sold-out event with 405 participants from 37 countries, and many more people watching the recordings on YouTube.

But besides its success as a conference, the crucial question is ‘Does this event make tangible contributions to mental health?’ We are confident to say that it does.

The progress we have seen makes a case for some well-founded optimism, which is always needed. This is why we share below our Top 5 Calls to Action from the 2022 MQ Mental Health Science Festival, in reference to the past Top 5 from the 2021 Summit.

We hope this shows how every year the conversations also advance in depth, we see more comprehensive, bold and diverse examples of research that improves mental health interventions on areas that matter to people the most. We see increasingly dynamic collaborations with Lived Experience Experts, and even more being sparked through the event: 75% of feedback respondents either have or plan to connect with another participant.

We are incredibly proud and thankful to the Mental Health Science Community for making the Festival such a diverse, impact-driven and collaborative space.

Remember you can watch all of the expert presentations and discussions on the MQ YouTube channel here.

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