Like Psychiatry: The first virtual fair to address the mental health sector’s challenges

LIKE Psychiatry – main hall auditorium

This event appears on the Internet under the slogan “Digital interaction with real prospects”. Three psychiatric clinic associations from three different federal states, LVR from the Rhineland, vitos from Hesse and kbo from Bavaria, are holding it for the first time. The fair will take place on 4 and 5 June and will serve as a meeting place for specialists in the field of psychiatry, nurses who are already active in this field or who wish to move into it, and medical students who wish to deepen their knowledge of this field or to specialise in it from the fifth semester onwards.

This Like Psychiatry virtual event aims to facilitate interaction at the click of a mouse and to create new employment opportunities in this increasingly sought-after field.

A journey to Like Psychiatry

LIKE Psychiatry –  outdoor area

“A picture speaks a thousand words.” The above picture shows what visitors can expect on the platform, and we would describe the various exhibition stands as follows. At the information stand you will find an interactive map, which will mainly help you to find individual clinics and contact exhibitors with whom you would like to exchange information. If you would like to earn CME or CNE credits, depending on your medical or nursing certification, please contact the Thieme publishing house, who will be happy to advise you.

If you would like to talk to other visitors, simply use the chat lounge which we have set up for this purpose. “Impulse lectures”, covering particular topics and their key points and data in just twenty minutes each, will take place in the individual auditoria. A total of 48 lectures will be held for doctors, nurses and medical students. And at the end of our tour we would also like to mention the exhibition halls, where you will be able to have a personal discussion with experts from the 24 clinics represented about the state of the profession and job prospects.

The better the communication and the more open it is, the less risk there is of stigmatisation

This heading sums up the challenges facing the mental health sector. This virtual platform provides a communication channel for experts from this sector and is intended to show possibilities for deepening personal specialised knowledge, exchanging opinions and exploring new job prospects in this specialised medical field. Its functionality has already been described.  

At another level of communication, the issue is what society and the media consider relevant, and here it is worth examining in more detail how certain mental disorders are reported in the news. The need to care for the mind, and not just the body, is being given more and more emphasis in all fields that deal with people, and especially regarding mental health.

In recent years, the media have reported extensively on certain psychological disorders that are directly expressed in personality changes, such as narcissism, antisocial behaviour and borderline disorders (to name just a few), as well as autism spectrum disorders. A team of US psychiatrists has turned the spotlight on narcissistic personality disorder by repeatedly questioning President Donald Trump’s mental health. Another current example is the young environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who openly says that she is proud to be part of the autistic community. We do not propose to examine or evaluate either of these examples in more detail here. However, they lead us to an interesting conclusion: if something is not openly communicated or is forgotten about, it will become stigmatised or will remain within a closed group and will become irrelevant to most of society or go unnoticed.

Information for specific target groups is becoming more important

As with other fields of science and research, a topic automatically becomes relevant and important when it is discussed by a large group of experts.

And this is where Like Psychiatry comes in. Doctors, nurses and students who are interested in this medical specialisation will be introduced to the most relevant and urgent topics of the current state of psychiatry, as well as possible career prospects, on a free platform via this link.

Our work continues after all, although it sometimes goes unnoticed by the media. And we will carry on learning about new diagnostic techniques and therapies that are increasingly tailored to individual patients, in order to improve the mental health of all who are affected.