Navigating Perinatal Psychiatry and Fabricated Illness

As the legal landscape continues to evolve, the intersection of psychiatry and law becomes increasingly vital. At Expert In Mind, we are committed to providing invaluable resources to legal professionals, and our upcoming webinar promises to be no exception. On April 19th, join us for an enlightening session as we delve into the complex world of perinatal psychiatry and fabricated illness.

Hosted by the esteemed Dr. Musters, a Consultant Adult and Perinatal Psychiatrist with extensive experience in both clinical and medico-legal practice, this webinar is poised to offer unparalleled insights into critical areas of concern for legal practitioners and mental health experts alike.

In this compelling session, Dr. Musters will explore four pivotal areas:

  1. Parents’ Mental Health in Family Law Proceedings: Family law cases often involve sensitive issues related to parental mental health. Dr. Musters will provide valuable perspectives on navigating these complexities within the legal framework.
  2. Psychiatric Injuries Following Obstetric Negligence: Obstetric negligence can have profound psychiatric consequences for patients. Dr. Musters will shed light on the psychiatric ramifications of such negligence and its implications for legal proceedings.
  3. Psychiatric Care Breaches of Duty: Instances of breached psychiatric care demand careful scrutiny. Dr. Musters will offer expert insights into assessing breaches of duty and their implications in legal contexts.
  4. Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII): Formerly known as Munchausen By Proxy, FII presents unique challenges in both psychiatric and legal realms. Dr. Musters’ expertise in this area will provide invaluable guidance for navigating these complex cases.

Dr. Musters, renowned for his extensive knowledge and experience, is poised to deliver a wealth of captivating and thought-provoking insights. His expertise extends beyond clinical practice to include medico-legal assessments, making him an invaluable resource for legal professionals seeking clarity and accuracy in their cases.

With a Master’s Degree in Culture and Health, with a particular focus on transcultural psychiatry, Dr. Musters brings a nuanced understanding of diverse backgrounds and experiences to his practice. His involvement in the Royal College of Psychiatrists Expert Reference Group on Factitious and Induced Illness further underscores his dedication to advancing understanding in this complex field.

Beyond his professional accolades, Dr. Musters’ commitment to patient care is evident in his role as clinical lead for the specialist Perinatal service in the East London borough of Newham. His expertise in managing patients with psychotic illness, severe mood disorders, and personality disorders underscores his holistic approach to mental health care.

As legal professionals strive to secure the best outcomes for their clients, the insights offered in this webinar are invaluable. Whether you’re grappling with family law cases, clinical negligence proceedings, or complex psychiatric assessments, Dr. Musters’ expertise will provide the clarity and guidance you need.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of perinatal psychiatry and fabricated illness. Reserve your spot by clicking here and embark on a journey of enlightenment with Dr. Musters as your guide. Spaces are limited, so secure your place now for an enriching and informative experience.

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Announcing the opening of our ADHD Clinic

“Breaking Ground: Expert in Mind Unveils Game-Changing Sister Venture – The ADHD Clinic!”

Expert in Mind is excited to introduce its latest venture, The ADHD Clinic. Recognising the increasing demand for ADHD assessments and the prolonged waiting lists within the NHS, we are thrilled to offer a solution. With almost 16 years of experience in organizing mental health assessments and providing ADHD assessments through the clinical division of our business, establishing a dedicated clinic was a logical step forward.

Our team of ADHD specialists, who have consistently demonstrated excellence, can trust us to operate this clinic with precision and efficiency. This endeavour reflects our commitment to addressing the growing need for accessible and timely ADHD assessments, ensuring individuals receive the care they require without unnecessary delays.

Dr. Sajid Suleman, a dedicated Consultant Psychiatrist with a wealth of experience in diagnosing ADHD since 2008, stands as a passionate advocate for the subject. Driven by a commitment to delivering assessments of the highest quality in adherence to NICE Guidelines, he will be at the helm of our distinguished team comprising 15 accomplished psychiatrists and psychologists. Together, they share a collective dedication to ensuring excellence in ADHD assessments and contributing to the wellbeing of those seeking our services.

For adults, we offer two tiers of assessment.   Tier 1 is a multi-disciplinary assessment. The client has an appointment with a psychologist, and then an appointment with a psychiatrist, who will complete a joint report giving a comprehensive and nuanced perspective.

Neurodevelopmental difficulties are largely cognitive constructs diagnosed based on (mainly) observable behavioural symptoms. In simple terms – neurodevelopmental difficulties are problems with how our brain develops and we figure this out mainly by looking at how people behave in certain situations.  A Psychologist can carry out various psychometrics and can also complete cognitive assessments to look at impairments associated with ADHD. Their extensive training in behavioural and cognitive theory allows for a more in-depth evaluation, ensuring a holistic understanding of an individual’s challenges.

A psychiatrist, with their medical training, brings a unique viewpoint to the assessment, examining aspects from a clinical and physiological standpoint.  A psychiatrist is medically trained and will undertake a structured medical assessment of your mental health and psychiatric history. This means that the doctor will look at other health conditions, especially mental health conditions, which may either exist alongside possible ADHD or exist instead of ADHD.  For example, if people have depression and/or anxiety that is not responding to standard treatments, sometimes this is because ADHD is present and needs to be treated first to enable other conditions to be treated subsequently.

The collaboration between a psychologist and a psychiatrist, (supplemented by input from a trusted, familiar person, and the completion of targeted questionnaires) is exceptionally thorough.  It offers patients a more detailed understanding of their presentation, diagnosis, behaviours, and cognitions, enhancing the overall quality of care and paving the way for a tailored intervention plan.

This thorough approach facilitates personalised support for your journey; a psychologist making in depth and specific recommendations for work and/or education focusing on the social emotional and practical difficulties associated with ADHD; a psychiatrist recommending and prescribing medication based on an assessment of its potential benefits, diligently monitoring its effectiveness, and observing progress and improvements to ensure optimal outcomes.

For those seeking a more expedited process and a concise report, we proudly introduce our tier 2 assessments. In this streamlined approach, assessments are conducted solely by a psychiatrist. While the medical expertise ensures a high standard, it may not delve as deeply as our tier 1 assessments, where both a psychiatrist and psychologist collaborate to provide a more comprehensive perspective. Opting for tier 2 assessments offers a quicker route without compromising quality, catering to individuals who prioritise efficiency in their evaluation process.

In catering to children, our team boasts highly experienced child and adolescent psychiatrists committed to delivering meticulous and comprehensive assessments. Beyond a structured interview, our approach involves a thorough examination of school records, medical histories, and in-depth discussions with parents. To ensure a comprehensive understanding, questionnaires will also need to be completed. Our dedication to the holistic evaluation of each child underscores our commitment to providing the highest standard of care in the assessment process.

We are thrilled to introduce the inclusion of QbTests in our services—a computer based diagnostic screening tool that meticulously gauges the three core symptoms of ADHD: activity, attention, and impulsivity.  Beyond initial assessments, QbTests prove to be exceptionally valuable in monitoring the impact of prescribed medications on an individual’s ADHD symptoms. As a cutting-edge method, QbTests are spearheading the evolution of ADHD assessments, offering a precise evaluation of activity associated with ADHD and signalling a progressive approach for the future.

At the core of our business, we uphold values that embody professionalism, knowledge, clarity, and respect. Recognising the financial considerations associated with ADHD assessments, we’re pleased to introduce a convenient finance option, making the assessment process more accessible. To enhance transparency, we’ve outlined post-diagnosis costs on our website, detailing expenses related to follow-up appointments, the treatment process, and review appointments for individuals seeking ADHD treatment.

Throughout your journey, rest assured that our dedicated team will provide unwavering support, ensuring you’re well-informed and cared for at every step. Your well-being is our priority, and we’re committed to making the entire process as clear and supportive as possible.

If you would like to know more, or book an assessment, contact the team on office@theadhdclinic.co.uk or visit our website www.theadhdclinic.co.uk

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The Great British Post Office Scandal

Expert In Mind: Supporting Victims of the Great British Post Office Scandal

The Great British Post Office Scandal has been one of the most shocking stories to emerge in recent years. More than 900 sub-postmasters and postmistresses were wrongly accused of theft, fraud, and false accounting. Many of which have been convicted and jailed. The scandal was caused by faulty software that incorrectly made it look like money was missing from post office branches across the UK.

Expert In Mind: Supporting Victims of the Great British Post Office Scandal

Expert In Mind, the leading provider of expert psychiatrists and psychologists to the legal sector throughout the UK, recently hosted a webinar on the Post Office scandal. The webinar featured Nick Wallis, a famous investigative journalist who first broke the story. Wallis discussed the devastating impact the scandal had on the lives of innocent people who had been wrongly accused and convicted.

The Post Office had the power to prosecute, leading to 700 sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses being prosecuted between 1999 and 2015 based on the Horizon computer accounting system. Additionally, other organizations, such as the Crown Prosecution Service, have brought forward 283 cases. Despite repeated attempts to flag issues with the software. Many were convicted and imprisoned for false accounting and theft, while others were left ruined financially.

After two decades of campaigning, a legal victory was finally achieved, and 93 convictions have been overturned to date. Under government plans, victims can fill out a form stating their innocence to have their convictions overturned and claim compensation. Downing Street has also pledged to collaborate with Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure that those wrongly accused in those nations can have their names cleared.

Moreover, the Metropolitan Police is investigating the Post Office for potential fraud offenses stemming from the prosecutions. It is worth noting that a public inquiry, which began in February 2021, is ongoing. Victims are still advocating for appropriate accountability and redress.

The scandal has also been brought back into the public eye by the new ITV drama, “Mr Bates vs. the Post Office”. Which has been hailed as the network’s biggest new drama in over a decade. The drama has brought the story of the wrongly convicted sub-postmasters back to the forefront of the nation’s mind.

Despite the pressure from national press, fewer than 100 wrongfully convicted individuals have had their innocence reinstated. However, there is hope that justice will eventually be served. The Met Police has confirmed that it is currently examining a possible conspiracy to pervert justice at the Post Office.

One of the most high-profile figures involved in the scandal has been ex-Post Office boss Paula Vennells. She recently bowed to public pressure and handed back her CBE, saying that she was: “truly sorry for the devastation caused to the sub-postmasters and their families” and that she is continuing to support and cooperate with the inquiry into the scandal.

The effects of the Post Office scandal have been devastating. Particularly on the mental health of those wrongly accused and convicted. More than 700 innocent postal workers were accused of crimes they never committed. Including village post office shop owner Alan Bates, who lost £65,000. Faulty technology caused sub-postmasters across the nation to be sacked, thrown in prison, and hit with immense mental distress. Tragically, four people died by suicide and others spiralled into a deep depression.

At Expert In Mind, we understand the devastating toll that the Post Office scandal has had on the mental health and lives of ordinary Brits who were just fulfilling their normal job roles. Our highly experienced experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. We are committed to supporting victims of the Post Office scandal and helping them to get the justice and compensation they deserve.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the Post Office scandal, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Get in touch to learn more about our services and how we can help. Together, we can work to ensure that justice is served and that those affected by this terrible scandal can begin to heal.

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Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn how we can help you by visiting our website, or call us on 01424 444130.

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Happy New Year from Expert in Mind


As we approach the end of the year 2023, we at Expert In Mind would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, staff, and customers for another successful year of partnership. Happy New Year to you all. It has been a privilege to work with you all, and we are proud of the achievements we have accomplished together.

Expert In Mind is an award-winning company that provides the legal sector with experts in psychiatry and psychology. We have a panel of reputable experts selected for their experience in the field of mental health. Our team provides an expert witness and specialist assessment service, supporting the legal profession and public sector, corporate clients, insurance services, as well as private individuals throughout the UK.

Thank you to all of our clients

We are grateful for the trust and confidence that our clients have shown in us. The team understands the importance of our work and the impact it has on people’s lives. We take pride in knowing that our services have made a difference. Our team is committed to continuing to provide the highest level of expertise and support to our clients.

As we reflect on the past year, we are proud of the progress we have made as a company. We have expanded our services, increased our team, and continued to provide excellent service to our clients. Furthermore, we are also proud of the contributions we have made to our community. Supporting mental health initiatives and giving back to those in need.

None of this would have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our staff. We are grateful for their hard work and passion for their jobs. We are fortunate to have a team of experts who are committed to providing the best possible service to our clients. Their expertise and professionalism are truly invaluable.

We would also like to thank our partners for their support and collaboration. We value the relationships we have built over the years and look forward to continuing to work together to achieve our goals.

Finally, we extend our appreciation to our customers. Your loyalty and trust in us are what motivates us to continue to provide the best service possible. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come.

As we approach the new year, we wish everyone a happy and healthy 2024. We are excited about the opportunities and challenges that the future holds and are confident that together, we can continue to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Thank you once again for your support, loyalty, and commitment throughout the year. We look forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come.

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Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn how we can help you by visiting our website, or call us on 01424 444130.

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Mental health at Xmas: Loneliness

As the festive season approaches, many of us look forward to spending time with loved ones and enjoying the festivities. However, for some, this time of year can be difficult and lonely. With the ongoing pandemic, this year may be even tougher for those who are struggling with their mental health. At Expert in Mind, we understand the importance of mental health and the impact it can have on people’s lives. In this blog, we will firstly discuss the issue of loneliness during the Christmas period. Following by how we can be more aware of other people’s mental health.

According to the National Centre for Mental Health, loneliness can have a significant impact on mental health. During the festive season, when many people are surrounded by family and friends, those who are struggling with loneliness can feel even more isolated. It is important to remember that loneliness can affect anyone, regardless of their age or circumstances.

We believe that awareness is key. It is important to be aware of other people’s mental health – reach out to those who may be struggling. This can be as simple as checking in on a friend or family member or inviting them to join in with festive activities.

It’s important to remember that loneliness is not the only mental health issue that can arise during the Christmas period. Stress and anxiety are also common, particularly for those who may be struggling financially or who are unable to be with loved ones. HQ Therapy highlights the importance of self-care during this time, suggesting activities such as exercise, meditation, and spending time outdoors.

As such, a holistic approach to mental health is key. This includes not only medical care, but also support from loved ones, access to resources and information, and a wider understanding of mental health issues. By working together to raise awareness and support those who may be struggling, we can help to make the festive season a more positive and inclusive time for all.

At Expert in Mind, we understand that mental health can be complex. Particularly for those who may be experiencing multiple issues at once. This is why our panel of expert psychologists and psychiatrists provide medical reports for a range of different cases. Including, clinical negligence, personal injury, immigration, criminal and family cases, as well as occupational health assessments and medical reports for NHS Trusts and Employment Tribunals. We believe that everyone deserves access to high-quality mental health care, regardless of their circumstances.

In conclusion, while the festive season can be a time of joy and celebration. It is important to remember that not everyone will be feeling festive. Loneliness, stress, and anxiety are common issues that can arise during this time, particularly for those who are struggling with their mental health.

At Expert in Mind, we believe that awareness and support are key. By reaching out to those who may be struggling and providing access to high-quality mental health care, we can help to make the festive season a more positive and inclusive time for all.

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Breaking Point – why do mothers hurt their babies?

Postpartum psychosis is a severe mental health condition that can arise suddenly in new mothers. A temporary lapse in sanity that can cause women to lose touch with reality, sometimes with catastrophic consequences.

Research suggests about 20% to 50% of parents will have thoughts of harming their baby at some stage, especially in the first few weeks of life.

For the vast majority, this will remain just a thought – most likely an intrusive, unwanted one at that.  However, for some, they will find themselves hurting their child deliberately, perhaps causing serious harm and even death. The question is why?

This webinar explores areas such as maternal mental health, post-partum psychosis, personality factors, sleep deprivation, physical health, relationship issues and attachment.  The meaning of the child to the parent will also be explored.

Dr Pipon-Young will draw upon her experience of assessing cases for the family court.  Here she will discuss risk assessment strategies and discuss when and how rehabilitation might be possible:

The webinar will include:

  • With the case of Lucy Letby so prevalent in the news currently, Dr Pipon-Young, formerly lead Clinical Psychologist for an NHS women’s forensic inpatient service, will give fascinating insight into what drives mothers to harm their babies.
  • Research suggests about 20% to 50% of parents will have thoughts of harming their baby at some stage. Especially in the first few weeks of life.
  • For the vast majority, this will remain just a thought – most likely an intrusive, unwanted one at that. However, for some, they will find themselves hurting their child deliberately, perhaps causing serious harm and even death. The question is why?
  • This webinar explores areas such as maternal mental health, post-partum psychosis, personality factors, sleep deprivation, physical health, relationship issues and attachment.  The meaning of the child to the parent will also be explored.
  • Dr Pipon-Young will draw upon her experience of assessing cases for the family court to discuss risk assessment strategies and discuss when and how rehabilitation might be possible.

Click here or on the image below, to register now or simply click here to learn more about Dr Pipon-Young and her experience in the industry.

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Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn how we can help you by visiting our website, or call us on 01424 444130.

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The team take on The Dorney Lake Season Finale Triathlon

If you know anything about the team at Expert in Mind, you will know we are always looking for our next challenge – especially if it involves a medal! Fitness and wellbeing are high up on the priority list and having had such a great time participating in The Blenheim Palace relay triathlon in June, several of the team decided it was time to each take on a full triathlon.

Preparing for The Dorney Lake Season Finale TriathlonSo, we devised a (pretty brutal) training schedule, and the office was filled with bikes and running shoes ready to spend lunch hours and evenings practising, and in some cases learning, cycling, running and swimming.  Leigh, Tallula, Nattasha, Shyann and Zofia spent Tuesday evenings driving up to the lake in Lydd to practice open water swimming.  As you know, we haven’t had the best summer so it was often pretty cold in the water, but we always felt great afterwards.  Cold water swimming is definitely as good as ‘they’ say.

The three months we had to train went very quickly and before we knew it, it was September, and time for The Dorney Lake Season Finale Triathlon.

 

Tragically, on the day, Leigh and Tallula ended up in a crash on the M25.  The car was written off but thankfully no one was hurt.  It did however, mean that neither could make it to Eton Dorney to take part in the triathlon and spent the day waiting for recovery in the hard shoulder.  It also means that they can keep training for another triathlon later down the line. Don’t worry, we won’t let you forget girls!

So, in the pouring rain, Zofia, Nattasha and Shyann took on the challenge and all absolutely smashed it! All three completed the lake swim, the cycle, and the run, and in great times. A huge achievement and another medal to add to the collection. Well done ladies!

Here is what they had to say about taking on this challenge.

Shyann

Why did you decide to take on a triathlon?

For the challenge. I have always thought it was something I would never be able to achieve but you can conquer anything you put your mind to.

Shyann of Experts in Mind takes on The Dorney Lake Season Finale Triathlon

What were the main challenges during training? 

Swimming. As someone who never had swimming lessons as a child, this really was the biggest challenge. Learning how to swim correctly in 3 months, and in open water, was the hardest challenge of them all. There were many emotions during the process but seeing improvement each and every time I went swimming really kept me going and I am so thankful I had those who took part to help me learn and push me to keep going.

What did you enjoy most about the experience? If you did enjoy it!

Getting out of the lake as my biggest fear was failing at the first hurdle and needing to be rescued. Once I got that part over with, the immense sense of achievement pushed me through to the end.  Seeing my swim time at the end and doing 1000 times better than I ever thought I would do made me want to do it all over again. I will be back next year to take on the challenge again!

Nattasha

Why did you decide to take on a triathlon?

I always thought of it as an impossible challenge. I wanted to prove to myself that I am strong and I can do anything I put my mind to.

What were the main challenges during training?

The discipline to get to the lake on rainy days, the early starts and the doubts of, can I really do this..?!

What did you enjoy most about the experience?

I loved every single second. It went by so fast – I wanted to do it all over again as soon as it was over…am I crazy?

Zofia

Why did you decide to take on a triathlon?

I am someone who has never really enjoyed exercise or sport but do love a goal and a challenge.  Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever complete a triathlon so this had to go on the bucket list.

Experts in Mind team take on Finale Triathlon

 What were the main challenges during training?

Learning to ride a bike properly for a start! The office car park was a good starting point.  Secondly time – fitting in training for three different disciplines while working full time and walking dogs three times a day was a challenge in itself.

 What did you enjoy most about the experience?

To be honest I loved everything about it.  The sense of achievement with each and every stroke, pedal or step, the absolute joy when we completed it, the atmosphere and the shared experience.

So, as we always say, set yourself a goal and/or a challenge.  It really is possible to achieve things you never thought you could.  It just takes commitment, hard work, and encouragement from those around you. And the elation you get from achieving it makes it even more worth it.

Experts in Mind take on The Dorney Lake Season Finale Triathlon

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Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn how we can help you by visiting our website, or call us on 01424 444130.

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The Great Post Office Scandal – The Human Cost (Unmissable!)

The Great Post Office Scandal is the story of how these innocent people had their lives ruined by a once-loved national institution and how, against overwhelming odds, they fought back to clear their names.

Nick Wallis, best known for his work on the Post Office Horizon IT scandal, joins us and we are honoured to announce that he will host this informative and frankly mind blowing webinar on the Post Office Scandal.

On 23rd April 2021, the Court of Appeal quashed the convictions of 39 former Subpostmasters and ruled their prosecutions were an affront to the public conscience.

They had been prosecuted by the Post Office using IT evidence from an unreliable computer system called Horizon. However, when the Post Office became aware that Horizon didn’t work properly, it covered it up.

Nick describes how a group of Subpostmasters worked out what was going on. Formed a campaign group and fought the government-owned Post Office through the courts to eventual victory.

The Great Post Office Scandal has been described as “an extraordinary journalistic exposé of a huge miscarriage of justice” by Ian Hislop, Editor of Private Eye Magazine. Dame Joan Bakewell says “Nick’s narrative has the power of a great thriller as he lays bare the lies and deceit that has ruined so many lives.”

A taster of what you can expect:

  • Nick is a regular correspondent on The One Show, was the first journalist to take BBC television cameras inside GCHQ and has a long running show, ‘Caught on Camera’.
  • He is perhaps best known for his work on The Post Office Horizon scandal. In 2020 he fronted a ten-part series for BBC Radio 4. A BBC Panorama and he co-wrote a Private Eye Special.
  • In 2021 Nick published a book titled The Great Post Office Scandal. We are honoured to announce that he will host this informative and mind blowing webinar on the Post Office Scandal.
  • Discover the real truth behind the scandal. The huge impact it has taken on the sub postmasters and their families alike.
  • This fascinating talk by Nick is truly unmissable. It gives an insight into the fascinating legal journey and the impacts on the mental health of so many.
  • Concludes with an interactive Q&A session

We have ensured that considerable time is set aside at the end of our webinar for a Q&A session.

During this time you will have the chance to directly engage with Nick and get all the answers you are looking for regarding the scandal. Here you will be able to delve deeper into a particular concept, or simply share your thoughts.

Take the opportunity to learn the facts by Nick himself, and join us on Friday the 29th of September 2023 at 9.30am – 11.30am GMT by copy/pasting or clicking on this link for full information and to register – https://www.workcast.com/register?cpak=7155840553507442 today.

We look forward to seeing you.

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Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn how we can help you by visiting our website, or call us on 01424 444130.

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The Importance of Pride Month for Mental Health

The Importance of Pride Month for Mental Health

Pride celebrations, festivals and marches dominate the calendar in the summer months and especially in July. If you are a member of the LGBITQ+ community, this can stir up all sorts of emotions. Although there is much to be proud of and celebrate, it’s important to remember that there is still progress to be made towards achieving true equality. By pondering what Pride means to us and to our community, we can initiate new dialogue, gain fresh perspectives, and explore new opportunities for growth and learning.

Why we celebrate Pride

Historically, LGBITQ+ identities were considered by psychology professionals to be mental illnesses. It wasn’t until 1990, when the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. Unfortunately, to this day, 67 jurisdictions still criminalize same-sex sexual activity, with 42 of those countries prohibiting consensual sexual activity between women. Shockingly, 11 of those countries (https://www.thepinknews.com/2023/05/17/lgbtq-death-penalty-idahobit/) even impose the death penalty for queer individuals. As a result, the LGBITQ+ community has faced threats, abuse, mistreatment, detention, punishment, social exclusion, and even death.

As such, celebrating Pride is an opportunity to highlight the diverse lives of LGBITQ+ individuals and acknowledge the beauty and joy of the community. It’s a way to show the importance of acceptance and inclusion, which is especially crucial in the face of negative and prejudiced messages about LGBITQ+ people.

Pride History

Pride has its own significant history that is important to remember. After all, for many years Pride was effectively also a protest. The first Pride happened in 1970, to mark a year since the Stonewall Uprising, where LGBITQ+ people protested the discrimination and violence they were experiencing from the police.

In 1972, the UK’s first Pride march took place in London. As well as a celebration, it was a protest against the unfair treatment of LGBITQ+ people. Male homosexuality stopped being illegal in England and Wales in 1967, but in 1972 it was still illegal in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Being gay was still classed as a ‘mental illness’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) until 1992 – and they didn’t stop classifying being transgender as a mental illness until 2019.

Society made lots of people feel ashamed of who they were because being gay, queer, or trans was seen as being wrong, which in turn had an adverse effect on their mental health.

For this and many other reasons, Pride protests have been important in securing the rights of LGBITQ+ people across the world. People continue to protest through Pride marches because LGBTIQ+ people still face discrimination and inequality in the UK and around the world.

Issues LGBTIQ+ people face

Being LGBTIQ+ does not automatically mean someone will have mental health issues, but does nonetheless mean that they are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health, than other societal groups.

As a clear indication of this, a study conducted by Stonewall (Take Pride report 2022) found that over the previous year:

  • half of LGBTIQ+ people had experienced depression, and three in five had experienced anxiety
  • one in eight LGBTIQ+ people aged 18 to 24 had attempted to end their life
  • almost half of trans people had thought about taking their life
  • Hate crime
  • Accessing healthcare

Pride month mental health benefits

There are a plethora of mental health benefits that can be derived from pride month, some of which have also been scientifically documented. So let’s have a look at a list our team have created for you below:

Connection: Several studies demonstrate the link between loneliness, poor mental health and early mortality. As it is often the case. LGBITQ+ people can feel disconnected from friends and family, and find social acceptance difficult to come. Causes such as pride month, enable them to feel a sense of inclusion and community through events, marches, articles and media focus. Even though taking part can initially be intimidating, the relatability, common interests, affirmation and human connection can be a tremendous confidence boost.

Identity: Lack of affirmation and constant abuse and questioning of one’s identity can often lead to a suffering mental health. As such, being alongside others on the same or similar path, can help LGBTQ+ to move between stages and reach a point where they are able to be proud and non-fearful of their identity.

Representation: Living in a society that adheres to hetero-normative and cis-normative standards makes it challenging to find individuals who share the same experiences. When we see others like ourselves represented, it gives us a sense of belonging and the confidence to pursue our goals fully. This can be the inspiration we need to take significant steps in our personal and professional lives, whether it be at school, work, or home.

Role models: Pride is a time of celebration, where we share our stories and listen to those who have overcome hardships to lead authentic lives. These stories can motivate us to take an important step in our journey towards personal pride.

Conclusion

The LGBTIQ+ community faces a higher risk of mental health problems. For example, depression, self-harm, alcohol, and drug abuse, and suicidal thoughts. Pride has been shown to have numerous mental health benefits for LGBTIQ+ individuals and the community as a whole. Not only does Pride help secure equal rights, which is crucial for their well-being. It also provides a platform for people to celebrate the best parts of being LGBITQ+. This includes acceptance, belonging, community, and joy! If you’re looking to explore your feelings or simply need a safe space to talk, psychotherapy is a great option, no matter where you are on your journey.

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The intricacies of PTSD and Trauma – Webinar

The intricacies of PTSD and Trauma – hosted by Professor Walter Busuttil

Consultant Psychiatrist & Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College London 
Friday 15th September 2023 – 9.30am – 11.30am GMT

Professor Walter Busuttil has not only published extensively but has lectured nationally and internationally about treatment and rehabilitation of military personnel, veterans, military families and survivors of traumatic stress suffering from chronic and complex presentations of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Professor Busuttil served for 16 years in the RAF qualifying as a military psychiatrist. He was part of the team that set up rehabilitation services for Gulf War combatants and the British Beirut hostages.

He was appointed as Director of Medical Services at Combat Stress in 2007 and led the setting up of UK-wide cutting-edge community and residential clinical services and a research department.

In August 2020, he became Director of Research and Training. Earlier this year, Professor Busuttil was appointed visiting Professor to the Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology and Neuroscience at Kings College London.

 

Webinar:

We are excited to invite you to join us for an exclusive webinar hosted by one of the leading experts, both nationally and internationally, in PTSD and trauma.

Discover the transformative power of knowledge by immersing yourself in our first webinar, meticulously crafted to unravel the complex tapestry and multifaceted dimensions of PTSD and trauma.

Professor Busuttil will also discuss the intricate similarities between PTSD and other conditions such as Psychosis and BPD; illuminating the complex identification between such interconnected symptoms.

Our esteemed host, a trailblazing specialist in PTSD and trauma, will be sharing his unparalleled knowledge and unwavering passion for this field. A taster of what you can expect:

  • Early interventions – Ukraine War Civilians, COVID-19, Earthquake and Disaster Victims, Military Combatants
  • Classification– Complex PTSD, Trauma Related Grief
  • Emerging concepts – Moral Injury
  • Physical illness and PTSD
  • Use of medications
  • CPTSD Treatment
  • Psychedelic assisted therapies
  • Similarities between PTSD and closely connected conditions
  • General points about medico-legal expert witness practice
  • Online vs in person assessments
  • Interactive discussion

We have set time aside at the end of our webinar for a Q&A session.

During this time you will have the unique opportunity to directly engage with the host and seek clarification on any aspects that may require further elaboration, delve deeper into a particular concept, or simply share your thoughts.

So do join our webinar and register your interest for the event, by clicking here. 

We look forward to seeing you.

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Expert In Mind is the leading provider of Expert Psychiatrists and Psychologists to the legal sector throughout the UK. Our exceptional service and specialized knowledge can save you precious time and help you get the best outcome for your client.

Our highly experienced Experts, personal service, and strict recruitment criteria ensure the highest standard of report for your case. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you by visiting our website, or simply give us a call on 01424 444130.

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