RCPsych in Scotland webinars

We've been producing webinars in which our experts discuss specific aspects of the pandemic.

The webinar is focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown on vulnerable children and young people, particularly those with ASD.

It features a diverse panel led by our Child and Adolescent Faculty Chair, Elaine Lockhart, alongside representatives from Kindred, Young Scot, ASPEP and the Scottish Association for Community Child Health.

It provides the opportunity for a discussion that can highlight the potential fault lines exposed in the support provided to children and young people, as well on how we can build on new ways of providing support discovered during the past few months.

Presentations

Led by Dr Jane Morris with presentations from the College’s Suicide Prevention Lead, Dr David Hall, and Samaritans Scotland Director, Rachell Cackett, discussions focus on the impact of the pandemic on incidences of suicide.

The efforts underway or in development to support those who are suicidal are discussed, as well as research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

An overview of the emergency provisions within the Coronavirus legislation, when this might be enacted and the support the College would provide.

Roger Smyth of NHS Lothian discusses the specific legislative changes, and Arun Chopra of the Mental Welfare Commission speaks about the practical day-to-day impact of processing these changes.