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Conference to focus on recovery and mental health

20 Sep 22

Dealing with the challenging times we are living in and how it affects us all is the theme of a conference organised by the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

The 16th Annual Hertfordshire Recovery Conference has twin aims - to celebrate recovery in all its forms and to encourage everyone to do more to improve their responses to issues arising from poor mental health, learning disabilities and autism.

This year’s event, Challenges and Opportunities in Uncertain Times, which takes place online on Thursday, 13 October, is open to the public, service users, carers, experts by experience and professionals.

It will include contributions from people with lived experience, carers and professionals - locally, nationally and internationally. There will be some research, information about coping and support, and updates about plans for the Trust’s services going forward.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist Andrew Nicholls said: “We find ourselves in extraordinary times. We have the unfinished Covid-19 pandemic, the challenges of a cost of living crisis and a devastating war in Europe with no signs of a resolution. 

“The impact of all these events on our collective mental wellbeing is becoming ever clearer: More of us are struggling and asking for help, more children and young people are afflicted with anxiety and mood problems and, as all this unfolds, more health professionals are also needing help. In these circumstances there can be no doubt that many people will suffer.

“However, this conference presents an opportunity to talk these issues through and we are looking forward to an honest discussion and debate and to hear the voices of lived experiences.”

Anyone interested in joining can book via the Eventbrite link -  and be prepared to join the conference via MS Teams. A recording of the event available to anyone who is not able to join for any reason. Copies of the Recovery Newsletter will similarly be available.

Any queries please contact Leigh Heaps at leigh.heaps@nhs.net or 07812 785533

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