28-30 October, 2023
Krakow, Poland

James Downs

United Kingdom
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James is a mental health campaigner, peer researcher and expert by experience in eating disorders. He holds various roles at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, NHS England, and a number of Universities and charities – all of which focus on developing collaboration across a range of professional and personal perspectives to improve mental health for all. Examples of this work include co-writing the MEED guidelines, membership of the PHSO “Ignoring the Alarms” implementation group, and peer research projects with UCL and Mind. James is also an Associate Lecturer in psychology with the Open University, and is a yoga, barre and mindfulness teacher. He has written extensively about his own experiences, from textbook chapters and peer reviewed research to blog posts and mainstream media features. He recently co-authored papers on eating disorders in Lancet Psychiatry and the Journal of Eating Disorders, and Co-Edited The Practical Handbook of Eating Difficulties.