Mental Health

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This is a joint event organised by BPS NI Branch, DCP NI Branch and Queen's University Belfast School of Psychology in support of World Mental Health Day. This event will be of interest to people working in public health and education settings, people with an interest in issues of social justice, and those interested in current affairs.

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A University of Kent study that enhanced the assessment and treatment of female sexual offenders internationally has been published in BPS Impact. BPS Impact is our web portal that highlights high quality psychological research and its contributions to wider society.

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I'll start today with the fact that this may well be one of the last presidential blogs in the current format.

Because, after investing a significant amount of money, effort, and time, the British Psychological Society will soon start to roll out a brand new website.

The new website will be much more engaging and accessible, and is particularly designed to help members of the public to access the work of the society.

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The British Psychological Society is delighted at the government’s announcement today of £816m investment in many vital areas of health research including dementia, obesity and adult’s and children’s mental health.

This commitment from the Department of Health recognises the need for more funding for research into preventing mental health conditions, and other conditions which have a psychological impact, and in finding interventions that really work.

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Cigarette smoking and mental health problems are highly comorbid, but it remains unclear whether these mental health problems lead to smoking, or smoking leads to mental health problems. It could be either, or both, or the relationship could be due to some third factor (e.g., socioeconomic factors). This talk will describe new methods that take advantage of recent insights into the genetic influences on both smoking and mental health that allow us to better understand whether this relationship is simply correlation, or reflects a causal influence.

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As a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA), the British Psychological Society is teaming up with Andy’s Man Clubs to encourage men to reach out for help and support when life feels overwhelming.

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I have to confess a personal interest. In a few days time, my son, like many thousands of others, will be going to university. Distressingly, this means beginning what may well be a lifetime of debt. The psychological consequences are potentially serious.

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As I’m technically on holiday, I’m cheating very slightly this week, with an edited snippet from my book.

I commute to work by car and unfortunately drive for quite long distances on motorways. So my journey to work (like, I suppose, everything else in life) depends on the operation of the laws of physics.

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This is a special event to mark World Mental Health Day 2016 on 10 October 2016. World Mental Health Day has the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

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Today is the last chance to take advantage of a discounted rate for our 2016 Developmental Psychology Section annual conference in Belfast (14 to 16 September).

The conference has a high quality programme including lectures from distinguished keynote speakers, oral presentations, symposia, workshops and interactive poster presentations. There are also plenty of opportunities to socialise and enjoy meeting new contacts including a visit to Titanic Belfast for the conference dinner.

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Collaborating and learning from Service Users, Carers & personal experiences. Addressing issues of labelling and using best practice.

A series of presentations and workshops from key people with both professional and personal experiences of personality disorder.
 

Speaker information

Sue Sibbald
Co chair of the Commission on Personality Disorder
Patients as partners: how to build collaboration, influence and change within the NHS.

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There are a range of different models for working with families where someone has psychosis. For those of us who have trained in a particular model, it is easy to have misconceptions (or even prejudices!) about what other approaches entail.
 

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An event for psychologists working with early intervention services to learn more about the current access and NICE guidance and discuss ways to implement this within your service.

Confirmed Speakers: Alison Brabban, Tony Morrison and James Kelly.

Registration information

This is a free event for members of the DCP Faculty of Psychosis and Complex Mental Health. Places usually go quickly so early booking is advised. 

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I thought, last week, that the political world could not get any more turbulent. But events in the South of France, in the USA, in Turkey, and even here in the UK, proved me wrong.

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Representatives of 16 organisations in the mental health sector, including our President Professor Peter Kinderman, have signed a letter published in The Times today that calls on Theresa May to prioritise the nation’s mental health.
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The British Psychological Society is actively engaged in several important policy issues, but two are particularly contentious. They are technically complex and they are personally challenging.

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Most of us have unwanted thoughts and images that pop into our heads and it's not a big deal. But for people with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) these mental intrusions are frequently distressing and difficult to ignore.

A new article discussed on our Research Digest blog explores the possibility that the reason these thoughts become so troubling to some people is that they play on their fears about the kind of person they might be.

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The United Nations has passed a resolution reaffirming the right of everyone to be guaranteed the full... enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, without discrimination of any kind. 

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A free British Psychological Society public event discussing the prevention and treatment of obesity through the lifespan will take place next Wednesday 29 June from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Queen’s University Belfast.

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There is less than a week left for the chance to present your research to the British Psychological Society’s 20th Transpersonal Psychology Section Annual Conference being held in Northamptonshire.

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Earlier this year, the NSPCC’s ‘It’s Time’ campaign called for significant improvements in therapeutic support for children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

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The popular annual Cheltenham Science Festival is hosting a sold-out British Psychological Society supported event this evening on the topic ‘The Myth of Masculinity’.

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Pregnant women and new mothers need more expert psychological support across maternity services and mental health settings such as community perinatal teams and inpatient mother and baby units, says a new briefing from the British Psychological Society’s Faculty of Perinatal Psychology.

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A one-day symposium to mark the publication of the British Psychological Society’s new guidance document on the management of disclosures of non-recent (historic) child sexual abuse was held in Oxford this week.

The new guidance can be downloaded from this website.

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