Friday 11 March 2014
Yesterday I had a really interesting
meeting with the lead from Autism medical research charity Autistica, whose ethos is "with
knowledge comes understanding".
The charity is developing and delivering on
a wide range of research projects across the field of autism
working with the NGOs in this field. This includes research
projects in Newcastle that are looking at autism and older people.
The charity also stresses the need for adult psychiatrists to have
solid training in autism.
I then met with Dr Gordana Milavi, one of
the Child and Adolescent Section leads at the World Psychiatric
Association (WPA) to look at the key issues psychiatrists around
the world are facing in this area, particularly that of vulnerable
groups of children impacted on by war and abuse.
I’m absolutely delighted - if not a bit
surprised - that after an interview last week I will be taking up
the role shortly as Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental
Health Coalition (CYPMHC), which is based at the offices of the
Mental Health Foundation. I’m really looking forward to the
opportunity to continue to play a part in championing mental health
- in this case child and adolescent mental health.
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