Professor Sir Simon Wessely

“It’s in young women from about 16 to the age of 24 where there has been a true population increase in anxiety and depression rising from around 18% to 24%, which doesn’t sound very much but actually in population terms it is quite substantial and it’s definitely new.

Simon is professor of psychological medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and head of its department of psychological medicine, vice dean for academic psychiatry, teaching and training at the Institute of Psychiatry, as well as Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research. He is also honorary consultant psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital, as well as civilian consultant advisor in psychiatry to the British Army. He was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to military healthcare and to psychological medicine. From 2014 to 2017, he was the elected president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.