Inspire hosts international seminar to explore the mental health legacy of conflict.
This week sees Inspire host an internationally attended networking event that aims to share knowledge and best practice on the effective delivery of community mental health services in a post-conflict society.
The European Community Based Mental Health Service (EuCoMS) meeting is being held for the first time in Belfast at Inspire’s newly opened resilience centre facility, Lombard House.
The meeting will enable leading experts from across eighteen countries across Europe to come together to engage in a unique knowledge exchange that examines lessons gathered from attempts to provide support to individuals and wider communities experiencing the effects of mental health trauma associated to living in a conflicted society.
The event programme will give insights into topics such as the delivery of community based mental health services in countries like Moldova and Belgium, as well as looking closer to home in terms of the reactions of local communities following ‘The Troubles’ conflict here in Northern Ireland.
An internationally respected panel of experts in the area of mental health including: Doctor Laura Shields (Trimbos Institute), Katinka Kerssens (FIT-Academy), Professor Niels Mulder (Professor of Public Mental Health, Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam), Guadalupe Morales (Cano FundaciÓn Mundo Bipolar), Annette Furnemont (GGZ NHN), Raluca Nica (Roman League for Mental Health and Wellbeing) and local contributors Dr.Kevin Dyer from Northern Health & Social Care Trust/Queen’s University Belfast and Professor Siobhan O’Neill from Ulster University will discuss topics relating to training, social inclusion and integrated service models.
The last day of the programme will give the international visitors the chance to visit and see for themselves models of community-based mental health care services in Belfast including the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust’s Old Sea House facility on the Antrim Road, and one of Inspire’s supported housing services known as Milburn Close in South Belfast.
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