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High Suicide Rates among Neurodiverse Individuals: Why it matters and what can be done about it

Autistic people make up approximately 1% of the population but 11% of suicides. We heard from David Stocks, a Suicide Prevention Community Worker at Black Country Healthcare NHS Trust about the high suicide rates in neurodivergent individuals and what NHS Trusts can do to improve the mental health support in place to help these individuals.

In conversation: Tackling Alcohol Addiction and Discovering the Impacts of Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD) 

In 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in the UK increased by 19.6% compared to the previous year. We heard from Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Dr Julia Lewis about how authorities can work better to support those who misuse substances.

Providing Culturally Competent Mental Health Support

Multiple studies have highlighted health inequalities which disproportionately affect Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Issues have been identified across the entire lifespan, from increased dental disease in childhood, poor experiences for black women using maternity services, to low numbers of elderly black people using mental health services. This case study will highlight the work CAHN are carrying out to identify structural and systemic barriers, and how they continued to deliver their services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mental Health Services: Taking a Preventative Approach to Local Mental Health Services and Support

Councillor Ed Davie, Cabinet Member for Children & Young People at Lambeth Council, spoke about the importance of preventative measures when providing local mental health support at the Mental Health Services conference 2021.

Rebuilding Mental Health Services

As we emerge from the pandemic it is essential to acknowledge its impact on our mental health and mental health services. In turn, this article outlines reform plans for the sector set out by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Tackling Multiple Disadvantage with a Multi-Agency Approach

This article will look at how best to frame multiple disadvantage, why the current system is failing, and examine some practical steps that can be taken to improve the services provided.

Preventable Causes of Mental Distress and Illness: With Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent OBE & Geraldine Strathdee CBE

Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent OBE & Geraldine Strathdee CBE discuss preventable causes of mental illness and distress and share their own valuable insights and experiences.

The Mental Health Impact of Covid-19 on Patients Living with HIV

This article explores the additional challenges that Covid-19 has presented for those living with HIV and the reported lack of support those with HIV have received throughout the pandemic

The Need for ‘Whole Person Care’ for HIV Patients

The suicide rate for people living with HIV is twice the rate of the general population, with around one in three people living with HIV experiencing symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. The key underlying factor that makes HIV stand out from other long-term conditions is stigma.