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Keeping it in the family

Thursday, 3 May

I spent yesterday in Manchester. My grandson’s school held a ‘dress as who you are’ day. It’s a very multicultural school, and most children went in dress to reflect their culture and roots. But my grandson, who’s 6-years-old, went a Luke Skywalker. He sat next to his ‘girlfriend’ who was dressed (yes, you’ve guessed it) as Princess Leia. His parents were a bit surprised, but I showed them a photo I had of the two of them, aged 15, when they started going out together, at a fancy dress party. And yes, you’ve guessed it, they were dressed as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia. So is this nature or nurture? Do send me your thoughts!

There was a great turnout at the North West Division spring academic conference, a day that focused on mental health and the law.

I also attended the Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health (F-CAMHS) Network conference with the theme ‘Everyone’s Business’. The conference was a great collaboration between the College, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust where I work, and the British Psychological Society. Over 180 people attended, across a wide range of professions, and the conference was opened by health and criminal justice tsar Louis Appleby. The day gave us lots of examples of best practice and pragmatic research. And the challenges of how services will be commissioned and ensuring the pathway of care is not fragmented.

I’m staying in Manchester today, before flying to Philadelphia for the 165th Annual Congress of the American Psychiatric Association tomorrow. I’ll update you from the US next week.

In the meantime, may the force be with you.


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