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Better Mental Health: the Beyond Words approach

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Royal College of Nursing

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The Inaugural RCN Foundation Lecture

Mental health problems are the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, and 1 in 4 people will experience mental ill-health in their lifetime. The issue is even more acute for some groups. For example, the experiences resulting from having a learning disability increase the likelihood of having a mental health problem. A study found that between 25% and 40% of people with learning disabilities also experience mental health problems. What can we do to improve mental health both generally and for more vulnerable groups?

Baroness Sheila Hollins, Professor of Psychiatry of Disability at St George's University of London and former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, explains how mental health patients deserve a system that is humane, ethical and principled. The lecture will look at promoting the development of empathy for vulnerable groups, and show how the Beyond Words approach using pictures without words can enhance clinical communication.

This event will be live subtitled and followed by a drinks reception.

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This lecture was originally scheduled for 28 September. We apologise for any inconvienience to those who are unable to make the new date, and hope you will attend future events.

This event is funded by the RCN Foundation. The RCN Foundation supports the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students. As a registered charity we help individuals to develop their practice so that they can provide the very best possible advice, support and care to patients. http://www.rcnfoundation.org.uk

Image Credit: Patients waiting to see the doctor, with figures representing their fears. Oil painting by Rosemary Carson, 1997 (Wellcome Library, London)

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