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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

New connections

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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Re: New connections
With over 70% of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders developing mental illness, I can see why Autistica is anxious that more adult psychiatrists are trained in autism. I am a carer of someone originally diagnosed with schizophrenia who we then realised had Asperger's Syndrome. Different needs, different treatment & it's now working well.
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