World Mental Health Day Review
Each year World Mental Health Day is on October 10th and each we do something to acknowledge the day.
This year we hosted an educational event for schools. This was following the themes from the World Health Organisation ‘Young people and mental health in a changing world’. We welcomed over 35 people to the Clinic for a free to attend all day workshop.
The Adolescent Brain: Kerstin Thirlwall
The first talk was given by Kerstin Thirlwall, Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist – The Adolescent Brain. Kerstin looked at what happens as we transition from childhood to adulthood as our brain undergoes major structural changes. Kerstin presented information that showed normal developmental progression of the adolescent, how these changes are likely to present themselves in daily adolescent experiences, and how adults can support healthy development during this incredible phase of maturation.
Attachment and Neuroscience – Dr Clare Gates
Dr Clare Gates, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist delivered the next talk – Attachment and Neuroscience. Dr Gates discussed the ways in which our relationships can have an impact on the developing brain and looked at ways in which we can utilise this knowledge to protect young people from mental health problems.
The Role of Parents and Carers in Anorexia Nervosa – Dr Irene Yi
After a well earnt coffee break, Dr Irene Yi, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist presented The Role of Parents and Carers in Anorexia Nervosa. Dr Yi explained treating young people with Anorexia Nervosa is difficult, time consuming and costly. Dr Yi focussed on a parents’ psychoeducation group approach as an early treatment intervention, which has been shared country-wide to all specialist eating disorder services.
Why Children Self Harm – Dr Beth Kremer-Collins
The next speaker was Dr Beth Kremer-Collins, Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist who discussed Self-Harm. Beth looked at some ideas as to why children self-harm, some facts about it, what can be done to help children and their parents. The session gave practical advice for teachers and other professionals, on how to manage the behaviour and where to get additional support from.
Complex Assessment ASD – Amanda Owen
The final speaker of the morning was Amanda Owen, Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist who addressed Complex Assessment ASD. Amanda asked “Is it that they can’t or is it that they won’t?” Amanda described the process and purpose of neurological assessments and how they can inform the approaches that might be helpful with children with learning and behaviour difficulties at school.
The afternoon session was delivered by a multi -disciplinary panel and offered the delegates the opportunity to discuss case studies and problems they are currently facing in school. The panel was led by Dr Fivos Cacoullis, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and clinical lead for the Clinic’s Child & Adolescent services.
The feedback we received was outstanding and we were delighted to have been able to provide this much needed educational support to a forum of people facing mental health challenges with young people each day.