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Dying Well: Palliative Care and The Psychedelic State [ONLINE]

September 9 @ 10:15 am - 1:00 pm

About this Event


The Maudsley Psychedelic Society is excited to host an online evening symposium where we will explore the potential of psychedelics in the field of palliative care.

Palliative care clinicians encounter a high prevalence of psychological, existential and spiritual suffering experienced by their patients. Early clinical trials have suggested the potential for psychedelics to alleviate distress associated with life-limiting illness, with evidence for reduced anxiety and depression, better quality of life and improved attitudes toward death. More recently, studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of psychedelics in a therapeutic setting. With the growing acceptance of psychedelic-assisted psychological support, we can now rethink the therapeutic use of psychedelics in end of life care.

The event will include talks from three speakers with interests in this fascinating field, followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A.


General entry: £6

Concession: £4

Agenda (UTC+01)

18:30-19:00 Dr Sam Gandy- A trip beyond existential fear: The history and science of psychedelics and end-of-life

19:00-19:30 Ivor Williams- Whenever we look a death, we look at networks – Designing systems of care

19:30-20:00 Dr Oliver Bashford – Psychedelics at the end of life: Psychological mechanisms

20:00-20:15 Break

20:15-21:00 Panel Discussion with all speakers and Shaheen Kahn, chaired by Prof Matthew Hotopf


September 9
10:15 am - 1:00 pm
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Maudsley Psychedelic Society