Conference: Making Mental Health Personal - Enabling Recovery and Resilience
As part of World Mental Health Day we held a complimentary conference on the 11th October. More than 60 care professionals attended the conference held at Aston Villa football club’s stadium, where they were provided with practical information and guidance on a range of subjects to support individuals with Mental Health needs.
Topics included a discussion led by Gayle Woodcock, a Mental Health Nurse and lead role at Recovery and Outcomes Network, on the importance of people with Mental Health needs receiving peer support and sharing experiences to encourage resilience. Dr. Tiago Pinto, an award winning Clinical Psychologist from Milton Park Therapeutic Campus, presented Psychological inventions and Mike Jeffries, a Training Manager at the Mental Health charity MIND talked about surviving and thriving as a Mental Health worker.
There was also inspiring talks led by Ian Callaghan Recovery and Outcomes Manager from Rethink Mental Illness, who shared his personal journey through secure care and Kerry-Ann Davenport who discussed her own personal journey with mental illness and recovery. Kerry-Ann is currently supported by us but will be leaving residential support at the end of the year. She has been on a very challenging journey, making progress towards full recovery. She is passionate about helping others and hopes sharing her story will help others overcome their own challenges.
We were delighted to mark World Mental Health Day by bringing together so many representatives from across the Mental Health sector to discuss how best to enable the people we support to achieve resilience and recovery. We were especially proud of Kerry-Ann for sharing her own deeply personal experience. The conference provided an important platform to share best practice and advice. We look forward to hosting further events in the coming months. Peter Battle Chief Executive Officer