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Sexual Abuse & Mental Health - Reducing the Impact of Abuse on Mental Health

Monday 10 June 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Sexual Abuse & Mental Health - Reducing the Impact of Abuse on Mental Health
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“Victims of sexual abuse will receive a lifetime of mental health care to help cope with the trauma.” NHS England 2018

“The physical and emotional impact of sexual crimes lasts a lifetime, so it’s important that survivors can get the help they need, whenever they need it. The physical effect of these crimes is so shocking that it can be easy to overlook the long-term mental health needs, which may be less visible but not less harmful. Across England, the NHS is expanding care for people with mental ill health, whatever their condition, and our new guarantee of personal, joined-up and life-long care for those who have suffered sexual assault and abuse, will build on excellent progress to address a big gap in care.” Kate Davies, NHS England Director of Sexual Assault Services, 2018

“Rape and sexual assault can significantly impact on the health and wellbeing of an individual in both the short and longer term, affecting many aspects of daily life. The provision of specialist advice and mental health support is key to supporting recovery.” Dr Rebecca Adlington, a Consultant at The Havens, the London sexual assault referral service

“The scars left by sexual violence may not always be visible, but they can be profound and long lasting – it is my priority that we have the best possible support available for survivors.” Jackie Doyle-Price Minister for Mental Health and Inequalities 2018

Following the 2018 government commitment to ensuring victims of sexual abuse will receive a lifetime of mental health care to cope with the trauma, this conference focuses on the important issue of sexual abuse and mental health; reducing the impact of abuse on mental health.

Researched and produced with Paul Scates Peer Specialist, Campaigner and Survivor of Sexual Abuse, this Third National Conference will through national updates, survivor perspectives, expert sessions and practical case studies the conference cover:

  • Meeting the national commitment to ensure victims of sexual abuse receive a lifetime of effective mental health care
  • Helping reduce the impact of abuse on later mental health problems
  • Reflecting on the lived experience from a survivor perspective
  • What does a gold standard sexual abuse pathway look like?
  • Delivering a recovery focused approach for survivors
  • Understand how to reduce the impact of abuse on later mental health problems
  • Victim support, early mental health support, and the police role
  • The role of Sexual Abuse Referral Centres in Mental Health
  • Delivering therapeutic and practical support to adults who were abused as children and have turned to drugs, alcohol and other ways of self-harming as a consequence of that trauma
  • Relieving the stress of families, carers and parents of children who have been affected by sexual abuse
  • Delivering effective Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service for children, young people and their families who have been affected by sexual abuse    
  • Working with complex trauma and dissociative disorders

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