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Mental Health Today Wales 2018

Price: From £35.00 excl. VAT
Date: 10 May 2018
Venue: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff

Mental Health Today Wales is back for the 7th year running! Join us for the annual conference and exhibition.

Student rate is £10+VAT. You will need to bring your student ID.

We offer complimentary tickets for service users and unwaged carers. Please email if you feel you are eligible.

Mental Health Today Wales is a CPD certified event for like-minded professionals and service users from across the statutory and independent mental health sectors. The aim of the event is to aid and encourage progress in mental health services in Wales by provoking discussions, improving knowledge and championing the voices of those who aren’t often heard. 

Spend the day with key thought-leaders in mental health as they address today’s most competitive challenges. You’ll go home with new insights and strategies to help improve crisis care, better understand equality & diversity and recognise mental health conditions.

This convivial and inspiring event will consist of 3 main topic streams:

  1. Room 1: Crisis Care and Support
  2. Room 2: Equality and Diversity
  3. Room 3: Mental Health Conditions

Speakers and workshops will tailored to the content in each of the rooms. Check back here for updates on seminars and speaker confirmation!

To discuss exhibiting, sponsorship or other promotional opportunities: Please contact Graham Hoare by email or call 01273 434938.

Who will attend Mental Health Today Wales?

• Frontline professionals and practitioners
• Commissioners, service managers, mental health leads
• Academics, researchers and trainers
• People who use mental health services and their unwaged family carers
• Psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrics
• Counsellors and therapists
• Mental health nurses, care workers, support workers
• Occupational therapists, social workers
• Advocacy workers
• Undergraduate and postgraduate students
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    Clementine Maddock

    Dr Clementine Maddock is dually qualified in medicine and law. She completed psychiatric training at the Maudsley Hospital in London and became interested in law while conducting research into the incidence of mental capacity to make treatment decisions amongst psychiatric inpatients. Clementine completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at Swansea University in 2012 and was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in November 2014. She currently works as a consultant psychiatrist in Swansea and is an honorary senior lecturer at Swansea University. Clementine is the Specialist Advisor for Mental Health and Mental Capacity Law at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a member of the working group of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.
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    Joy Hibbins

    Joy Hibbins is the founder and CEO of Suicide Crisis, a charity which provides a Suicide Crisis Centre in Gloucestershire. In 2012 Joy experienced suicidal crisis after a traumatic experience. The available services did not work for her and she felt that there was a need for an alternative service for people in crisis. The work of the charity has attracted national attention. Joy has presented to the national advisory group on suicide prevention which is chaired by the Government’s adviser on suicide and has also given oral evidence about the Suicide Crisis Centre to a Parliamentary Select Committee which undertook an inquiry into suicide prevention. The Centre is described as an example of best practice, including in a letter received from the Government last year.
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    Emma Mills

    Emma is Training and Quality Assurance Officer for Advocacy Support Cymru, a charity that specialises in the provision of community and statutory advocacy. ASC’s focus is to value, support and work with people who need to be heard in order to promote social inclusion, equality and social justice. Emma qualified as an Independent Mental Health Advocate in 2012. Prior to this, Emma worked in the Criminal Justice System for 12 years. She has an MA in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology.
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    Liv Pontin

    Liv Pontin worked as a social researcher after gaining her MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology. Her main interest has always been policing, and with experience of having been helped by the police in mental health crisis, she is now aiming to use this experience to help the police to help individuals in crisis. In 2017 she wrote a blog titled ‘Mental health crises and the emergency services – Helping you help me’, and this is the theme of her talk: Giving practical guidance and tips for police officers and healthcare practitioners responding to those in mental health crisis.
  • Moira Tombs

    Moira will reflect on her lived experience of mental crisis and police cell detention and how she feels she might have been better cared for. She now works alongside police and partners to improve crisis care by encouraging them to dialogue with the public as to what can be done to mitigate crisis situations and improve outcomes. She has undertaken a review of mental health liaison and diversion screening and assessment tools for NHS England. Moira is a member of various mental health groups and is a Samaritans volunteer.
  • Suzanne Duval

    Suzanne has been working in the voluntary sector for over 20 years. At Diverse Cymru, she is responsible for managing three major projects that tackle inequality in the BAME community. Suzanne works with the seven Health Boards, the Welsh Government and the local authority to represent the views and problems of BAME people with poor mental health, as well as developing local and national actions to improve cultural sensitivity and inclusion in policy and practice mental health services across Wales. Prior to joining Diverse Cymru, Suzanne was the All-Wales Minority Ethnic Mental Health Group Director (the only organisation of its kind) for more than 10 years.
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    Nick Lewis

    Nick is the founding Director of Umbrella Cymru, a national support service that specialises in gender and sexual identity, diversity, equality and inclusion. Nick has held a number of roles throughout his career, including working for many departments of the Welsh Government such as Education, the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales (CSSIW) and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Nick is also passionate about adoption and fostering work, and as an adopted person, he is a strong advocate for the provision of inclusive services and appropriate support for looked after children and young people. Nick has a Masters degree in Equality and Diversity from Cardiff University.
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    Sarah Stone

    Sarah Stone is Executive Director for Wales for Samaritans. She has an MSc in Social Policy. Samaritans vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Following the release of ‘Dying from Inequality’ research, there is now overwhelming evidence of a strong connection between socioeconomic deprivation and suicidal behaviour. As part of the Equality and Diversity programme, Sarah will be discussing Samaritans latest report ‘Socioeconomic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour – Finding a way forward for Wales’.
  • Jules Twells

    Jules' focus is on ending discrimination and stigma, which persists across Wales and beyond. She is working towards recruiting more employers to sign up to pledging to end stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Time To Change Wales are currently running a pioneering campaign led by young mental health champions.
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    Rebecca Lynch

    Rebecca Lynch works at the National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University, where she coordinates and co-facilitates the Bipolar Education Programme Cymru and a new psychoeducation programme for people with a learning disability and affective disorder, the Mood Awareness Programme. Rebecca is a graduate of Cardiff University and King’s College London, and has extensive experience of delivering group education to young people and adults.
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    John Tredget

    John Tredget is a Community Mental Health Nurse seconded part-time to the National Centre for Mental Health to co-facilitate the BEPC and MAP courses with Rebecca Lynch. John has worked in acute and community mental health services for many years and enjoys the combination of clinical, academic and research work which the involvement with the NHS, the NCMH and Cardiff University provides.
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    Ann John

    Ann John is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University Medical School. Ann chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government on suicide and self-harm prevention and is the national lead for suicide prevention for Public Health Wales. She is a Principal Investigator at the NHMH and sits on the HQIP Mental health Independent Advisory Group to the NCISH. Ann works across sectors aiming to translate research into evidence based practice and policy to prevent self-harm, suicide and young people’s mental disorders.
  • John Stacey

    John started his career as a nurse in the late 1970’s. John has challenged and worked towards changing some of the prevalent beliefs, attitudes, practices and systems in services for people who hear voices, have visions, and beliefs that they and others find difficult to understand and live with. He has led, managed or been a member of the governing bodies of statutory, private and a number of voluntary or people with experience-led organisations. Up until April 2017 John was a non-executive member of IMHCN and has worked in the UK and abroad developing practices and services using a Whole Person, Whole Life, Whole Systems approach.
  • Eve Mundy

    Eve Mundy is the manager of Voice Collective, a UK-wide support service for children and young people aged 6 to 25 who hear voices, see visions or have other sensory experiences, at Mind in Camden. Voice Collective offers support by email, telephone, and via an online forum as well as in peer support groups and creative workshops across London, the South and Midlands. Voice Collective offers training and mentoring to professionals working with young voice hearers in community and in-patient CAMHS, EIP services, youth organisations, schools and colleges.
  • Keir Harding

    Keir has worked in mental health in the NHS for over 15 years. This includes 8 years in specialist Personality Disorder Services where he led teams to win an NHS Wales award (2010) and be the only mental health team shortlisted in 2016. Keir's MSc involved studying how organisations work effectively with the difficulties often labelled as personality disorder. His research project examines how a team he was part of was able to save several million pounds from their Continuing Health Care budget.
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    Lucy Johnstone

    Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of 'Users and abusers of psychiatry' and co-editor of 'Formulation in psychology and psychotherapy: making sense of people's problems' and ‘A straight-talking guide to psychiatric diagnosis’. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and was the lead author of 'Good practice guidelines on the use of psychological formulation'.
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    Jo Watson

    Jo Watson is a psychotherapist, activist and trainer. She has worked therapeutically for the last 22 years with people who have experienced trauma. Jo actively challenges the biomedical model of mental health and believes that emotional distress is caused primarily by what is experienced. As such Jo is committed to promoting a trauma-informed philosophy which translates directly and positivity to people's lives.

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Mary Ann St
CF10 2EQ

To discuss exhibiting, sponsorship or other promotional opportunities:

Please contact Graham Hoare by email or call 01273 434938.

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