On 3rd July, a new exhibition opens at the Bethlem Gallery, showcasing young people’s artwork on the theme of identity. Young artists from Bethlem Adolescent Unit, Bromley Pupil Referral Service (Kingswood) and Hayes School visited the Museum to view a variety of portraits from the collection, before using a variety of creative media to generate their own artwork. The exhibition runs until 26 July, and will be open on the day of the Bethlem Sunfayre.
The annual site open day takes place this year on Saturday 6 July, with activities and events running from 12 – 5pm. There will be live music, stalls, complementary therapies, free children’s entertainment, refreshments, exhibitions, talks, tours and art workshops. This year, the Archives and Museum will have a marquee, allowing us to offer additional exhibitions, talks on the History of Bethlem and to showcase the plans for the new Museum of the Mind. Museum staff will be on hand at all times to answer your questions and listen to your feedback. We look forward to seeing you there!
Face Value opens 3 July, 3 – 6pm
Exhibition continues: 4 – 26 July, Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm
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The specialist Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital has been recognised as providing an example of “best practice” in caring for women suffering with severe mental illness during pregnancy or post-birth.
An NSPCC report released last week suggests the wellbeing of more than one in 10 newborn babies in England could be improved if all new mothers with mental illness had equal access to good services.
The report states there is evidence to show that the work carried out at the Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit, part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, leads to significant improvements in mental state in approximately three quarters of women, in the sensitivity of mothers with schizophrenia and postpartum psychosis when interacting with their babies and major improvements in the interaction of the babies of mothers with schizophrenia, psychosis and depression.
The 13-bed unit was set up for women who develop or have a relapse of serious mental illness during pregnancy or following the birth of their baby. The unit offers a wide range of treatment, therapy and care which is not offered on the same scale in any other unit in the UK.
One unique factor is the work of a developmental psychologist who works closely with the mothers and infants.
Dr Susan Pawlby works clinically as a developmental psychologist at the unit and academically at the King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry.
She said: “I think our unit stands out because we have a developmental psychologist to work with nursery nurses and nurses on the ward and most other units do not have that.
“It means we can give mothers and infants more support in forming and maintaining this early and most fundamental relationship. We have developed video feedback interventions so that mothers can see how their babies respond to them. Together we watch video clips of play sessions, talk about the communication between the mother and her baby in order to help mothers develop their relationship with their baby.
“We systematically evaluate this intervention and see how effective it is. Our work is to encourage mothers to respond to their babies’ cues, so that mothers become more sensitive and babies more co-operative in their interaction with one another. I am delighted our work has been recognised by the NSPCC.”
Alongside this support, the Mother and Baby Unit also treats mothers with medication where needed. The unit also offers various forms of therapy (psychological, art psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive analytical therapy), life skills, health skills, leisure activities, baby massage and dance therapy.
Following the release of the report the NSPCC is calling on health ministers to lead a drive to address major gaps in access to mental health services for pregnant and new mums.
Mental health problems including depression, anxiety, postpartum psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorders, eating disorders , schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorderand personality disorder can begin or escalate when a woman is pregnant or in her infant’s first year. They can have a damaging effect on family life, and in the worst cases, impact on babies’ health and welfare.
Evidence shows that the vast majority of these illnesses are preventable and treatable, and with the right support, the negative effects on families can be avoided.
Sally Hogg, author of the NSPCC report, said: “The Mother and Baby Unit at Royal Bethlem Hospital provides excellent support for mothers suffering from perinatal mental illnesses and their babies. They do fantastic work to help mums to care for and bond with their babies, which helps ensure these children have the best possible start in life.
“It is crucial that more units like this are made available across the country for all families who need them, as without access to specialist units such as this some mothers don’t get the right help and can be separated from their babies, which is traumatic for the whole family.”
For more information on the NSPCC report:
Read Susan’s story here
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Don’t Call Me Crazy launches It’s A Mad World – a season of films on BBC Three looking at a range of mental health issues affecting young people in Britain today, from schizophrenia, OCD, eating disorders and self-harming to dealing with family members affected by mental illness.
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Carers & Family Members : Making involvement more effective Description Aim: To raise awareness of the issues that affect family members to better the experience for all – staff, carers and service users
After completing this course you should:
* Understand the importance of identifying a carer or family member at the earliest opportunity
* Know how to apply the principles of carer involvement using the Triangle Of Care model
* Increase your knowledge of legislation influencing carers rights * Have completed a Carers Needs Assessment
* Have role-played talking to a distressed carer using empathy
* Know how you will ensure that the essential role and expertise of carers is recognised and respected when you return to work Pre-training Requirement: It is strongly recommended that before attending this course you first complete the Family & Carers eLearning package.
Target Audience All staff working with family members and carers Dates Available 16-Jul-2013 @ Croydon Training Centre, Bethlem Hospital
To book email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application form: INTERNAL_TRAINING
For the next stage in the development of the college, we are running a pilot scheme, at the new Ortus Learning Centre, of eleven courses – all of them created and delivered by peers and professionals working together.
For dates and details of the courses on offer, please see the attached timetable.
If you are a service user, supporter or a member of staff and would like to register for a course, email me with the details of which course(s) you’d like to attend. Places are limited, so please don’t be offended if we can’t accommodate your request this time around. There’ll be plenty more opportunities to register as a student when the college launches.
And a big thank you to everyone for all your support and interest!
Social Inclusion and Recovery Volunteer
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Maudsley Charity
Corporate OT | 1st Floor Admin | MaudsleyHospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ
Telephone: 020 3228 2175
SUITE is continuing with their successful Empowering Family and Carers Events for this year. All events have a different theme with presentations based on this theme.
These events are an opportunity for family members and carers to find out about how SLaM operates, what they can expect for themselves and their loved ones and how they can access these services. There are ‘surgeries’ for carers to meet professionals, get information about benefits, support services, medication, care and treatment and raise any concerns or complaints they have regarding the people they care for.
The next event will be on Tuesday 30th July at Mind in Croydon from 3.15 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. and the theme will be Medication. Please see poster attached for more information.
Please help us to advertise this event by passing this on to Carers & Family members and also Service Users so they can pass it to their carers. Please note this event is for Carers and Family members only but we are always looking for staff to be involved in delivering the event.
For more information, to book a place or to find out how you can be involved in helping to deliver the event please contact
Angela.Mitchell@slam.nhs.uk Tel: 020 3228 3722
Please note that I only work part-time.
South London & Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust
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