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

Public Mental Health 

 

2016 Public Mental Health Network day (13th June)

Theme: Prevention and Early Treatment of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

If you would like to attend, please email Thomas.Rutherfoord@rcpsych.ac.uk.

First Floor, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, E1 8BB

 

Chair: Peter Byrne, Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health

 

9.30

am

Registration and tea / coffee

10

Welcome by RCPsych President

Professor Sir Simon Wessely

10.10

Introduction to PMH Network

Peter Byrne

10.20

Understanding the challenges of public mental health projects to help children and young people

Jonathan Campion

10.50

Cheap challenges to the impact of
parental mental illness on children

Alan Cooklin

11.15

Coffee break

11.45

 

Trauma informed approaches to help children who have been abused

Warren Larkin

12.05

Impact Arts, Glasgow: working with children of parents with addictions

Rob Gallagher and Alison Peebles 

12.20

Childhood sexual exploitation

Nadia Wager

12.40

Panel & floor discussion

Facilitator: Mike Shaw

1.00

LUNCH

2.00-2.40

Public health approaches to the prevention of violence against children and young people

Jeremy Coid

2.45

Workshops (take tea/coffee into workshops)

2.45

Workshop group A: Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival: events for children and young adults (Gail Aldam & Andrew Eaton-Lewis) (Media room 1.1)

Workshop group B: Core curriculum for the workforce in public mental health – children / young people (Amrit Sachar) (Main auditorium)

 

Swap over

3.50

Workshop group A: Core curriculum for the workforce in public mental health – children / young people (Amrit Sachar) (Main auditorium)

Workshop group B: Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival: events for children and young adults (Gail Aldam & Andrew Eaton-Lewis) (Media room 1.1)

5

Closing remarks for 5 PM finish

Peter Byrne

Summaries from the 2015 event are available here.

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Introduction to the Network from Dr Peter Byrne, Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health

Solutions to close the gap

 

Associate Registrar for Public Mental Health: Dr Peter ByrneThese are difficult times for Psychiatry and it is tempting to circle the wagons, anticipating further attacks on core mental health services.

 

Short termism, in our paymasters or in us, ignores the major public health opportunities for our patients. It is a national scandal that people with severe mental illness (SMI) lose 10 - 25 years of their life expectancy, AND that we have plenty of solutions to close this gap.

 

Smoking cessation programmes, early intervention to improve lifestyles / address physical ill health, and alcohol prevention strategies - that have minimum alcohol pricing at their core - will each impact on these stolen years for people with SMI.

 

Evidence-based prevention and promotion

 

Public mental health (PMH) is not just something around nebulous concepts such as wellbeing, happiness index or social capital. It is the application of Psychiatry and the social sciences to establish evidence-based prevention and promotion. There is an appetite amongst the public, and even in Government, for cost effective early intervention: parenting skills for people with SMI, further integration of mental health into the school curricula, vocational and workplace interventions, multilevel suicide prevention, psychosocial interventions in people with dementia, and much more. Learning from effective measures that reduce stigma-discrimination, PMH efforts will be "focal and local".

 

My role as PMH Lead builds on the innovative work of Kam Bhui, Jonathan Campion and others to bring "no health without public mental health" to local commissioners and national policy makers. I will work within and outside the College to pursue this agenda.

 

Contact

If you would like any further information regarding the Network, please contact Helen Phillips.

 

 

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