Young Lives Matter - Intergenerational Health and Well-being Conference

Birmingham City University, C192, Curzon Building
4 Cardigan Street
B4 7BD
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Birmingham City University, C192, Curzon Building
B4 7BD

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30 Mar 2019 9:30am -
30 Mar 2019 4:00pm

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Join Birmingham City University, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and the Association of Jamaica Nationals as they present a conference highlighting mental health issues within minority communities. 

Why is mental health important and why now?

The promotion of equality and achieving the elimination of unlawful discrimination within the West Midlands is paramount. The recent mental act review highlights and addresses racial inequalities amongst communities from BAME backgrounds particularly in the areas of mental health.

People from minority communities are often diagnosed with severe mental health problems up to eight times more compared with the wider population. Moreover, these communities experience more restrictive measures within the health system, including being subjected to forensic services and locked wards. Furthermore, there are concerns of the disproportionate rate of suicide within the young BAME population.

About the conference

This Conference will complement the current strategic health and well-being work being carried out across the region. A series of workshops and speaker sessions will be held to help you raise your understanding of mental health and how to best support it.

Agenda - 

09:30 - 10:00 Registration 

10:00 - 10:15 Overview of the day - Prof Louise Toner and Dr Beverly Lindsay OBE, OD 

10:15 - 10:40 Suicide and self harm prevention - 3 minutes to save a life by Claire Dickens, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health

11:10 - 11:30 Tea and coffee break

11:30 - 12:15  Workshops 

Liaison and Diversion - Steve Jenkins, Secure Forensiv Services

Increased high rates of suicidal behaviour - Kerry Webb, Clinical Nurse Consultant

Overrepresentation and disproportionality within mental health services (BAME communities) - Dinesh Maganty Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Mental Health Triage - Police Sergeant Andrew Notley

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch and exhibition

13:15 - 14:00

Prof Joanna Bennett Professor for Mental Health Nursing - BCU 

Identify and self-actualisation - comparative studies with the Carribean

14:00 - 15:00

Shifting the Dial emotional resilience - Nathan Dennis First Class Legacy

Talking with Young People about their Mental health. Develop and identify opportunities to improve mental health conversations with young people - Sandra Griffiths

Youth violence - Raymond Douglas

Faith and Spirituality - Bishop Mike Royale

15:00 - 15:30 Tea and Coffee break/networking 

15:30 - 16:00 - Plenary, conference survey and distribution of BCU Academic CPD certificates of attendance.

A round up of the day, what are the next steps beyond this conference and how can delegates maintain keeping in touch.

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