Medical experts, senior health leaders and academics from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK will gather for the Praxis Care Autumn Conference on 15 November to discuss the need for better mental health services for persons with an intellectual disability, autism and complex needs.
The Conference will highlight the fact that a person with an intellectual disability is two to three times more likely to develop a mental health problem than in the general population. 40% of all persons with an intellectual disability in this country will therefore experience a mental illness within their lifetime. Despite this significant service gap being identified as far back as 2006, it has never been addressed with poor levels of integration occurring between the disability and mental health services within the HSE.
The conference will be opened by Minister for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD and will hear from Dr Fionnuala Kelly, the newly-appointed HSE National Clinical Lead of Mental Health Intellectual Disability. Dr Bhathika Perera of Harringey Mental Health Trust in London will give a UK experience on developing Mental Health Intellectual Disability Teams and lessons learnt. Ultimately service users and their families lie at the heart of the process and Adam Harris, advocate and founder of the AsIAm Charity will speak to his experiences. The conference will be chaired by Jacinta Walsh whose son Sam has autism and who is a regular contributor to the media and most recently featured in the RTE Primetime Carers in Crisis programme.
Praxis Care is a leading charity providing specialised intellectual disability, mental health and acquired brain injury services supporting over 1,500 adults and children at multiple projects across the island of Ireland, Isle of Man and the UK. Praxis Care has been working in this area and with such people for over 30 years particularly in Northern Ireland and has the experience to provide the services for this group and wants to work with the HSE and other agencies in devising solutions to this long-standing problem.
Other speakers at the half-day event at the City North Hotel in North Dublin on Thursday 15 November include:
- Dr Christine Kennedy, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, NHS Belfast
- Dr Anthony Kearns, Clinical Lead Forensic Health Services and Intellectual Disability, Central Mental Health Hospital
- Mr. Colin Smith, Consultant – Learning Disabilities, Autism, Mental Health & Behaviour Support
- Prof. Gavin Davidson, Professor of Social Care, Queens University Belfast
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Praxis Care – Autumn Conference:
Date: Thursday 15 November 2018
Title: Creative Solutions for People with Intellectual Disability, Autism and Mental Health Difficulties
Venue: City North Hotel, Gormanstown, Co Meath. Directly adjacent to the M1 Motorway
Registration: 8.30 am
Starts: 9.15 am
Concludes: 1.15 pm followed by Lunch
About Praxis Care
Praxis Care is a leading charity providing specialised intellectual disability, mental health and acquired brain injury services. Praxis Care supports over 1,500 adults and children at multiple projects across the island of Ireland, Isle of Man and the UK. Operating since 1981, Praxis has a wealth of expertise in the delivery of safe, effective and well-led services and can provide a range of bespoken care and support packages including residential care; nursing care; accommodation and support; domiciliary care and floating support; day activity and work skills; short break residential care; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); volunteer befriending services; step-down support services and advocacy
Praxis Care works successfully across four jurisdictions and this is testament to the organisation’s strong governance, providing excellent leadership and management, clear lines of accountability and a transparent learning culture. Expert knowledge of regional health and social care regulations, compliance and quality issues enable it to deliver rigorous quality management and remain committed to continuous quality improvement.
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