Grace, Andrew and myself (Rhona) attended the Annual Children’s Mental Health Conference in Glasgow on the 28th May.
I think we all came away inspired by the speakers who were mostly passionate about their area. The whole day was fast paced and Jim Taylor did a fabulous job of ensuring everybody kept to their allotted time.
A highlight and a good start to the conference was singing Ali Bali Bee with Tam Baillie Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. Rest assured this was not a duet but a reminder of a song we probably learned in our early years “sitting on our Mammies knee”! He emphasised how crucially important the early years are for determining Children’s mental health and wellbeing throughout their years. Mr Baillie believes the scottish attitude towards Children and young people is changing although may still have a way to go. He covered this with the following points –
- Children need love!
- Children need secure attached relationships
- Children need boundaries and balance especially within social media
- Encourage healthy eating
- Routinisation of children’s sleep patterns
- The importance of play
Other speakers included –
Dr Helen Minnis, Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the university of Glasgow. Her research focus has been on Reactive Attachment Disorder. Dr Minnis spoke on Understanding Complexity in Maltreated Children with Psychiatric Problems, and why only some maltreated Children have mental health problems.
She got us thinking about dandelions and orchids! Dandelions will grow anywhere, whereas orchids need a lot of attention and looking after!
Martin Donnelly, a Nurse Specialist from Yorkhill Hospital spoke on how we can support CYP who self harm!
Dr Claire Stubbs, Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist talked about building resilience in a Technological Age.
Bill Colley, The UK ADHD Partnership, covered latest developments in our understanding of ADHD
Jan Melia, Outreach and development worker with crewe2000, looked at CYP’s relationship with Drugs and Alcohol
Steve Sweeney, Director of Bereavement Sector Support Scotland, Containing Trauma, Bereavement and Loss
Finally we heard from John J Reilly, Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health Science. John addressed the extent to which exercise might improve educational attainment, mental health, and wellbeing, in children and adolescents.
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