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:

Coronavirus Resources

We’ve put together a range of resources to help children and young people, as well as their parents and carers during the current situation.

For young people:

  • The Anna Freud National Center for Children and Families has produced this video giving advice for young people about managing their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus situation.

Talking with children:

For parents and carers

  • The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has also produced this video with guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus.
  • Norfolk County Council has produced these tips for staying healthy and happy while at home.




Do you know of any more resources we should include here?
Please send us an email at ContactPMHA@gmail.com

Save the date: PMHA Annual Winter Meeting 2021

We had a really great annual meeting this year and are starting the ball rolling for next years meeting…

The 2021 meeting will take place on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of January, once again at Highgate House.

So whether you came to this years meeting and enjoyed it, or missed out, make sure you save the date.

This year, for the first time, the meeting featured poster presentations from trainees. Everybody agreed these were a great addition and we will definitely continue to do this next time.

If anybody has any suggestions for topics or speakers for the next meeting, please don’t hesitate to click here to get in touch.






Paediatric Liaison UK Network Winter Meeting 2020

This coming Friday, January 31st, the Paediatric Liaison UK Network will hold its bi-annual meeting in London.

Date & Time: January 31st, 9.45am – 5pm

Location: Leolin Price Lecture Theatre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH

Click here to get more information about the day’s schedule and to register for the meeting.