PMHA Virtual Study Afternoon

Following the success last summer, this year the PMHA will again hold a Virtual Study Afternoon on Thursday 15th July (on ZOOM)

The afternoon will focus on providing practical tips to manage commonly seen mental health conditions in the acute setting, as well as increasing understanding of some of the underlying causes for mental health difficulties.

While geared primarily towards paediatric trainees, all healthcare staff who care for children in the acute or community setting are welcome.

The included talks are: 

  • Eating Disorders
  • The Long-term Effects of developmental trauma
  • Acute Behavioural Disturbance
  • Mental Health Law

To register for the event, click here.

The PMHA Annual Meeting is this week

A reminder that the PMHA Annual Meeting 2021 is taking place ONLINE on Thursday and Friday of this week.

The meeting has a great line-up of talks and presentations relating to different aspects of paediatric mental health and is an excellent way to connect with others working in this field.

Don’t miss out on this excellent annual event. If you haven’t registered yet but would like to attend either of the days, then you can still do so by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you later this week!

Updates to the programme for the PMHA Annual Meeting

We’ve updated the programme for the PMHA Annual Meeting, adding an exciting new talk to the already fantastic line up.

Interactive Session 1: COVID and mental health-impact and recovery.
Dr Max Davie, Consultant Community Paediatrician, Lambeth Community & Dr Rory Conn, Consultant Child & Adolescent Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

This interesting and extremely topical session will take place in the afternoon of the second day (Friday January 29th) between 13.30 and 14.15.

The PMHA’s Annual Winter meeting will take place online this year over the two days of Thursday 28th and Friday 29th January – the end of this month.

You can see the full programme for the meeting here.

And you can register to attend here.

Good Riddance But Now What?

Come, children, gather round my knee;
Something is about to be.

Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.

The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.

Hark! It’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! here comes another year.
Ogden Nash
As 2020 draws to a close, the PMHA would like to thank you for your support and to wish you a happy new year.

Hopefully 2021 will be much better and brighter for everyone and we can continue working together to make sure children everywhere lead healthy and happy lives.


Don’t forget about the PMHA’s Annual Meeting (January 28th and 29th)

PMHA Annual Meeting: Deadline extended for poster abstracts

The deadline for submitting an abstract to present a poster at the PMHA Annual Meeting has been changed to next Monday, December 21st

The Paediatric Mental Health Association invites trainees in Paediatrics, Psychiatry, General Practice, and Emergency Medicine to submit abstracts for the PMHA Annual Winter Meeting, which is taking place virtually on the 28th and 29th of January 2021.

This year’s meeting will feature a trainee-led virtual poster session in which trainees can present their audits, research, or quality improvement projects. This year, we are welcoming abstracts related to the interface between physical and mental health. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your work. Three abstracts will also be selected for oral presentation on Day Two of the meeting (29th January). 

To submit an abstract, please click here to download an abstract template then fill it in and submit it to PMHAtrainees@gmail.com.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts.

RCPSYCH Online Study day: Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

On 7th December 2020, the Royal College of Psychiatrists is holding a highly topical online study day, titled Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR): Time for Change?

You can get a programme for the day here and can book a place here.

Below is some context provided by RCPSYCH:

“The UK has one of the lowest minimum ages of criminal responsibility (MACR) in the world, with the age being set at 10 years old in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 12 in Scotland (having increased from 8 in 2019).  These low ages are inconsistent with current neuroscientific knowledge regarding brain maturation and has led to the UK being singled out for criticism by the United Nations, which issued a General Comment in 2019 stating that the minimum age of criminal responsibility should be at least 14 years old. 

The topic received further media coverage last week (see links below), following the release of the Justice Committee report on Young People and Youth Justice which called on the Government to review the current minimum age or provide justification for not doing this by February 2021. 

The purpose of this conference is to explore the issues behind criminal responsibility including current evidence regarding brain maturation, international approaches to setting minimum ages and alternative non-criminal disposal options for those who commit risky offences below the minimum age of criminal responsibility. It is hoped that participants will come from a wide range of backgrounds so that a full range of views can be heard during the discussions.”

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/11/12/age-criminal-responsibility-england-wales-should-reviewed-says/

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/nov/12/review-age-criminal-responsibility-england-and-wales

Register for the PMHA Annual Meeting

Registration for the PMHA Annual Meeting, which is being held on the 28th and 29th of January 2021, is now open.

This year’s meeting will be conducted ONLINE via Zoom. The meeting is a great way to connect with colleagues, refresh your skills, and pick up new knowledge and ideas. There is an exciting line up of talks and presentations relating to all aspects of paediatric mental health.

You can view the full programme here

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Members of the PMHA can attend the meeting at a discounted price. Click here to join now for just £25 for a year

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To read more about the meeting
and to register click here

RCPCH Online course

The RCPCH is organising this interesting one-day online course

How to Manage: Emotional and behavioural problems in community paediatrics

“This online course will help you to confidently support children and young people with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties.”

October 16 from 09.45 – 16.00

For more information, click on the link below:

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/education-careers/courses/rcpch-course/how-manage-emotional-behavioural-problems-community

You-COPE: Youth COVID-19 Experience Survey

Request from Dr Lee Hudson: Clinical Associate Professor, UCL GOSH Institute of Child Health, London

“My colleagues and I (including the President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) are conducting an online study looking at how COVID-19 is affecting the lives, mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 16-24. It’s an academic study, not commercial and results will be used for academic research only. It is a joint project between UCL and Imperial College in London, but is covering the whole of the UK.

  • This is going to be really important to understand what the needs are now and moving forward for policy and healthcare
  • They are a particularly vulnerable group as they tend to fall between the cracks in terms of health provision but also having a voice

Please share this survey with young people aged between 16 and 24

To share the survey – copy the below link into an email:

https://uclpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5hjERUS4yP1xiTz?

For more information about the survey, click on the UCL logo below: