A joint conference was held by Unite the Union’s Mental Health Nursing Association and the University of Dundee last month.
The theme for the conference was mental health across the lifespan and was appropriately named, ‘Oor Mental Health, Your Mental Health, A’bodys Mental Health’.
Professor Margaret Smith, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, opened the conference and was followed by Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer, who addressed the conference on the subject of the challenges and opportunities for Scottish mental health nurses.
Presentations on Getting It Right for Every Child, Primary Mental Health Work with Children and Adolescents and the TIE Campaign (supporting LGBTI youth) made up the morning session and were well received by the conference delegates.
Following lunch, James McGinn of the Scottish MHNA Organising Professional Committee welcomed attendees back to a packed afternoon session. Evri Anagnostara and Athia Manawar presented on Jinn, Black Magic and Evil Eye Versus Mental Health, followed by the University of Dundee’s Grant King and Paul Smith who introduced their new suicide intervention model, NEAREST.
Jennie Young, Teaching Fellow at the University of Stirling, presented an interesting take on trauma-informed mental health nursing and was followed by Dr Steve Hemingway of the University of Huddersfield, who detailed the role of advanced practice nursing in memory services. The conference was closed by Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, National Officer for Unite in Health.
Students from the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences acted as stewards for the conference. Jacqueline Eccles, Mental Health Lecturer, said, “Both the School and Unite the Union would like to extend their thanks to our students for their professional conduct and excellent representation of the university.”
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