One in four people throughout the world are affected by mental illness at some time in their lives and this can include a range of conditions. A diagnosis of personality disorder is becoming increasingly common and can cause distress and upset to patients and families. This seminar explores the issues surrounding this disorder and tries to set out some solutions and advice for patients, professionals and carers.
Praxis Care organised this morning seminar to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 8th October 2012 at 9.30am in the Tallon Suite, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, Co. Louth. The seminar was entitled The Management and Treatment of Personality Disorders. Praxis Care arranged this seminar in partnership with the Health Service Executive Louth and it was free to all attendees. Speakers included Professor Harry Kennedy Clinical Director Central Mental Hospital Dublin, a service user who gave her perspective on using mental health services and Mr Jason Martin, Praxis Care and Dr Christine Kennedy Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist Northern Trust N.I. Over eighty delegates attended from across Ireland. There was useful discussion as to how services should develop north and south, and how mental health legislation will require further reform.
This was one of a number of events that Praxis Care held to raise awareness of mental ill-health. It is part of a worldwide campaign for World Mental Health Day that is promoted by the World Federation for Mental Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Their aims are to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and the work being undertaken by charities like Praxis Care and other bodies in Ireland to address the needs of individuals suffering from mental ill-health.
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