Mental wellbeing in children and young people

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Cerebra annual conference to discuss improving mental wellbeing in children and young people

On Thursday of this week (28 April) I am looking forward to attending Cerebra’s annual 2016 conference. Cerebra is a fantastic charity that aims to improve the lives of children and young people with brain-related conditions through research, education and by directly supporting children and their carers.

This year’s one day conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London is aimed at parents, carers and professionals and will discuss how to improve mental wellbeing in children and young people with autism, ADHD and learning disabilities.

Mental health is something that is very much in the news at the moment as people become more aware of the importance of mental wellbeing. Cerebra has organised this event to ensure that the needs and voices of children and young people with autism, ADHD and learning disabilities are not lost in the debate.

The event will examine:

  • The risks to mental wellbeing in children and young people

  • The need to involve young people and their families in defining the research and policy agenda

  • The research and action that is underway to improve mental health and well-being for young people

    There will be a number of knowledgeable, high-profile speakers at the conference chaired by Professor Stuart Logan, Cerebra Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology at the University of Exeter, including:

  • Dr Andrew Cuthbert, Research Genetic Counsellor, from the Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University will be addressing mental health problems in children with genetic disorders.

  • Professor Richard Hastings, Cerebra Chair of Family Research in CEDAR at the University of Warwick discussing mental health problems in children with intellectual disabilities.

It promises to be an interesting and informative event and I’m looking forward to learning more from the mental health experts as well as hearing from young people themselves, who live with mental health conditions.

To learn more about the conference visit: http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/whats-on/cerebra-annual-conference-2016/