UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Mental Health and Travel report launch

17 June 2019, 6:15 pm–9:00 pm

A picture of a London double-decker bus

About 25% of the population has been diagnosed with at least one mental illness. This can make travel difficult by affecting the ability to interpret information, to concentrate, and to have the confidence to take decisions and interact with other people. A talk by report author Prof Roger Mackett, followed by a networking drinks reception, will present findings from an online survey on mental health and travel carried out by the Centre for Transport Studies at UCL, and launch the written report containing the evidence. A number of recommendations will be made based on said survey evidence.

This event is free.

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Prof Roger Mackett


Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, G06
45: Roberts Building
Torrington Place
United Kingdom

Join Prof Roger Mackett and guests for a talk discussing the Mental Health and Travel report's findings and recommendations, followed by a networking drinks reception. 

385 people responded to the report's survey; all repondents indicated that they have one or more mental health conditions, with 90% having anxieties and 68% suffering from depression. Over a third are frequently prevented from leaving home by their illness. The main causes of anxiety whilst travelling are the behaviour and attitudes of other people and finding their way without becoming lost.

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About the Speaker

Prof Roger Mackett

Emeritus Professor of Transport Studies at UCL

Roger Mackett BA, MSc, PhD, FCILT, FCIHT has researched into various aspects of transport policy including the barriers to access for older and disabled people, the use of the car for short trips and the effects of car use on children’s lives. He chairs the Transport Working Group of the Age Action Alliance and is a member of the Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) and the Standing Committee on Accessible Transportation and Mobility of the US Transportation Research Board (TRB).

More about Prof Roger Mackett