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Psychological Therapies for Severe & Prolonged Mental Illness

News and presentations from today's conference chaired by Jeremy Clarke CBE, Chair of the New Savoy Conference.  Looking at what works for people with severe and prolonged mental illness, and implications of the next stage transformation for IAPT for Serious Mental Illness.

Parity of Effort in Reducing Stigma – is it time to change from ‘them’ and ‘us’ to ‘you’ and ‘me’?
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes
Vice  President, British Psychological Society 

Reframing severe mental illness for a therapy-first approach in the 21st Century
Professor Peter Kinderman
President British Psychological Society

Pre-event Abstract
Traditional thinking about mental health care is profoundly flawed. The all too prevalent ‘disease-model’ thinking contributes to the negative, punitive, controlling ethos that often prevails in services. It undermines genuine empathy and compassion; instead of seeing people’s difficulties as understandable and natural responses to the terrible things that have happened to them, the person is seen as having something wrong with them – an ‘illness’.” Radical remedies are required. Our present approach to helping people in acute emotional distress is severely hampered by old-fashioned and incorrect ideas about the nature and origins of mental health problems, and vulnerable people suffer as a result of inappropriate treatment. We must move away from the ‘disease model’, which assumes that emotional distress is merely a symptom of biological illness, and instead embrace a psychological and social approach to mental health and wellbeing that celebrates our essential and shared humanity. The need for reform in mental health services is acute, severe and unavoidable. This demands nothing less than a manifesto for change. We should recognize that mental health problems are fundamentally social and psychological issues. We should therefore replace ‘diagnoses’ with straightforward descriptions of people’s problems, radically reduce use of medication, and use it pragmatically rather than presenting it as a ‘cure’.  Instead, we need to understand how each person has learned to make sense of the world, and tailor help to their unique and complex needs. We need to offer care rather than coercion, to fight for social justice, and to establish the social prerequisites for genuine mental health and wellbeing. 
Full presentation

Developments from the West Midlands Commission on Mental Health 
Norman Lamb MP
, MP for North Norfolk and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health, and Chair, West Midlands Commission on Mental Health

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Improving Mental Health Crisis Care: Maintaining Momentum
Tuesday 6 December 2016 
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5 July 2016


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