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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Our trust to hold first national youth mental health conference

Youth Space, the first national conference on early intervention and youth mental health, is being staged by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust later this month.

The major two day event, at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston on November 22-23, will bring together more than 300 delegates and experts to discuss developments and research within youth mental health and related services.

Our trust has pioneered the development of early intervention services that are now a staple feature of mental health trusts across the country. We have extended this approach across a complete spectrum of mental health problems, as more than 75 per cent of enduring mental health issues occur before the age of 25 – mainly during adolescence.

Prevention needs to focus on improving the early detection of disorders among young people, that is the central message of this inaugural Youth Space conference.

Supported the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the National Mental Health Develop Unit, National CAMHS Support Services (NCSS) and NHS West Midlands, organisers have attracted some well-respected speakers to lead discussions.

Bruce Calderwood, director of mental health and learning disabilities at the Department of Health, will open the conference on November 22.

The following day Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, will look at what the future holds for mental health services for young people.

Pat McGorry of ORYGEN and University of Melbourne, Tony Bates, chief executive of Headstrong youth health service in Dublin, and Dr Margaret Murphy, chairman of the Child and Adolescent Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists will also address the conference.

For more information about the conference email audrey.smith@bsmhft.nhs.uk or visit the website www.birminghamyouthmentalhealthconference.org.uk