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In the UK today approximately 1 in 60 children have Autism. A report in 2017 showed over 5,000 suicides in the UK alone. Over the past few years these numbers have continued to rise and yet these situations are swept under the rug more often than not. Help us breakdown the walls surrounding mental health issues and start talking about what is truly important. Let's work together to understand these conditions and see how we can improve the attitudes people have towards things that they have never fully understood.
How can we help autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Professor Jonathan Green (Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) effect more than 1% of the population, emerge usually early in childhood and endure often throughout life. What is our current understanding of autistic development and how to help it best?
Beyond suicide awareness: research that saves lives
Dr Pauline Turnbull (Project Director, National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH))
Suicide awareness and prevention has never before had a higher profile. In 2018, the government made a commitment to reduce suicide rates in the form of a three-year investment worth £25 million, and appointed the first ever minister for suicide prevention. Tireless work by people affected by suicide has opened the conversation in the last few years, and we’re beginning to see a fall in overall national rates. Drawing on 20 years of NCISH research, Pauline will talk about how science can move this important conversation beyond suicide awareness and into suicide prevention.
The Schizophrenia ‘epidemic’ among people of African and Caribbean descent
Dr Dawn Edge (Academic Lead for Equality Diversity & Inclusion, The University of Manchester)
In the UK, people of African and Caribbean descent are 6-9 times more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia than White British peers and experience the greatest inequity in mental healthcare. Community stigma and institutional racism are major barriers to accessing evidence-based care and improving outcomes. Dawn will explore how an assets-based approach to co-producing culturally-informed psychological interventions could both address the paradox of persistent race-based inequalities in schizophrenia care within an equity-based NHS and reduce community-level stigma.
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