DR MINA HUSAIN

Mina is the Medfest Committee lead. She is a psychiatrist and film producer based in London. She is interested in digital health, particularly its use in rural settings, and is pursuing a doctorate in this area at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.  Her film career began on a sabbatical in 2017 when she collaborated with director Hamza Bangash. The team’s first film “Paak”, shot entirely on an iPhone 6, told the story of a person struggling with mental health difficulties through a series of video calls. Paak premiered at MedFest 2018. Their next film “Dia” is a short narrative film about a young Pakistani woman and touches on family pressures, secret relationships, mental illness and its interface with culture and religion. Dia premiered at Locarno International Film festival and has since been screened at festivals in Latvia, Italy, Canada, India, Bangladesh, Romania, Georgia and the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival. Stay tuned for their third film which highlights the issue of urban loneliness and the alarmingly high rates of youth suicide.  Outside of medicine she is a keen runner and has recently developed a love-hate relationship with Barry’s Bootcamp.

Mina is the Medfest Committee lead. She is a psychiatrist and film producer based in London. She is interested in digital health, particularly its use in rural settings, and is pursuing a doctorate in this area at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

Her film career began on a sabbatical in 2017 when she collaborated with director Hamza Bangash. The team’s first film “Paak”, shot entirely on an iPhone 6, told the story of a person struggling with mental health difficulties through a series of video calls. Paak premiered at MedFest 2018. Their next film “Dia” is a short narrative film about a young Pakistani woman and touches on family pressures, secret relationships, mental illness and its interface with culture and religion. Dia premiered at Locarno International Film festival and has since been screened at festivals in Latvia, Italy, Canada, India, Bangladesh, Romania, Georgia and the BAFTA qualifying London Short Film Festival. Stay tuned for their third film which highlights the issue of urban loneliness and the alarmingly high rates of youth suicide.

Outside of medicine she is a keen runner and has recently developed a love-hate relationship with Barry’s Bootcamp.

DR JULIA OGUNMUYIWA

Julia is a general adult psychiatrist and founder of charitable organisation Colourful-minds.  She has an interest in educating the public about mental health and mental illness. She feels passionately about eradicating stigma that can be so harmful to people with mental health difficulties and removing barrier's to people accessing mental health services. Film is a powerful medium for informing and influencing public opinion.  She became involved with Medfest as it was a wonderfully creative opportunity to communicate issues surrounding mental illness to the public. She is proud to be an ambassador for this subject through charity work.

Julia is a general adult psychiatrist and founder of charitable organisation Colourful-minds.

She has an interest in educating the public about mental health and mental illness. She feels passionately about eradicating stigma that can be so harmful to people with mental health difficulties and removing barrier's to people accessing mental health services. Film is a powerful medium for informing and influencing public opinion.

She became involved with Medfest as it was a wonderfully creative opportunity to communicate issues surrounding mental illness to the public. She is proud to be an ambassador for this subject through charity work.

DR BENJI WATERSTONES

Benji is a NHS psychiatrist working in north London. He's interested in the psychedelic renaissance within research and is helping with the current study at Imperial College exploring psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression. He is also passionate about the recruitment crisis within psychiatry and sits on the Choose Psychiatry committee.  Outside of medicine he is an award-winning stand-up comedian. His show 'The Ayahuasca Diaries', about healing plant medicines, was short-listed for Best Newcomer at Brighton Fringe 2018, and is in talks to be transferred to television with Dom Joly's production company Shady Cabel.   Benji sees a valuable role for using humour to demystify and destigmatise mental health issues to a wider audience and has written for Huffington Post and the Guardian. Follow at @its_benjis

Benji is a NHS psychiatrist working in north London. He's interested in the psychedelic renaissance within research and is helping with the current study at Imperial College exploring psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression. He is also passionate about the recruitment crisis within psychiatry and sits on the Choose Psychiatry committee.

Outside of medicine he is an award-winning stand-up comedian. His show 'The Ayahuasca Diaries', about healing plant medicines, was short-listed for Best Newcomer at Brighton Fringe 2018, and is in talks to be transferred to television with Dom Joly's production company Shady Cabel.


Benji sees a valuable role for using humour to demystify and destigmatise mental health issues to a wider audience and has written for Huffington Post and the Guardian.
Follow at @its_benjis

DR ADDY RAJA

Addy is a London-based Medical Registrar and Film Producer. He is a UCL graduate and completed his Core Medical Training at the Royal Free Hospital in 2015. He is a Darzi Fellow Alumni (#Darzi8) in Clinical Leadership & Quality Improvement, and is a Year 2 NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow.  Addy has set up the UK’s first independent film production company focusing solely on narrative healthcare stories. His first short, NORA, is a multi-award winning film about #NHS70 and premiered at TEDxNHS in August 2018, at the British Film Institute IMAX. To date it has won a total of fourteen awards in the international film festival circuit.   www.Nora70.com   Addy has a strong interest in mental health, and the use of film to help educate, raise awareness, and shift the perception of an audience. He is currently developing a short film on the topic of doctors and suicide, and a dramedy TV series set in a hospice.  Twitter:  @addyfilms   Instagram:  @addyfilms   Website:  www.addyfilms.com

Addy is a London-based Medical Registrar and Film Producer. He is a UCL graduate and completed his Core Medical Training at the Royal Free Hospital in 2015. He is a Darzi Fellow Alumni (#Darzi8) in Clinical Leadership & Quality Improvement, and is a Year 2 NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow.

Addy has set up the UK’s first independent film production company focusing solely on narrative healthcare stories. His first short, NORA, is a multi-award winning film about #NHS70 and premiered at TEDxNHS in August 2018, at the British Film Institute IMAX. To date it has won a total of fourteen awards in the international film festival circuit.

www.Nora70.com

Addy has a strong interest in mental health, and the use of film to help educate, raise awareness, and shift the perception of an audience. He is currently developing a short film on the topic of doctors and suicide, and a dramedy TV series set in a hospice.

Twitter: @addyfilms

Instagram: @addyfilms

Website: www.addyfilms.com