Smartphones have become fundamental parts of our lives. At the same time, increasing rates of mental ill health and other behaviours among young people have fuelled much debate on the widespread impact of digital devices. Please join us at this event to explore these profound issues and how we should best respond.

We are delighted to have as our key speaker Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, and author of the bestseller iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.

Professor Twenge will outline the key themes explored in her book, and then be joined by the following panel for further discussion:

  • Professor Yvonne Kelly, Director of the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London
  • Branwen Jeffreys, Education Editor at the BBC
  • Sir Norman Lamb, incoming Chair of NHS South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and formerly Minister of State (Department of Health) and chair of the House of Commons Committee on Science and Technology
  • Abdul Siddiqi, Youth Mayor for the City of Derby and member of MH:2K
  • Chair: Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of The Health Foundation

We hope you will be able to join us for this unique event. Places are limited so please register to book your place.

More about the event series

This is the first event in our Shaping Health Futures series, which will explore some of the biggest issues facing the future of health and care in the UK.

The event series is one component of the Health Foundation’s Shaping Health Futures programme that has been set up to support health and social care leaders to take a longer-term view by exploring some of the issues impacting on health and social care in the future and what they mean for policy today.

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