In honour of World Mental Health Day, Tracscare – a leading provider of support for people with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health needs and Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) – hosted a national conference to encourage health professionals to make mental health personal and enable both recovery and resilience.
More than 60 care professionals attended the conference held at Aston Villa football club’s stadium, where they were provided with practical information and guidance on a range of subjects to support individuals with Mental Health needs.
Topics included a discussion led by Gayle Woodcock, Quality Lead at Tracscare’s Milton Park, on the importance of people with mental health needs receiving peer support and sharing experiences to encourage resilience.
There was also an inspiring talk led by Kerry-Ann Davenport who discussed her own personal journey with mental illness and recovery. Kerry-Ann is currently supported by Tracscare and will be moving home at the end of the year. She is passionate about sharing her own experience of the support she received in order to help others overcome their own challenges.
Also speaking was Ian Callaghan – the Recovery and Outcomes Manager at Rethink Mental Illness. Ian led a lively and thought provoking discussion about his personal journey through secure care.
A number of clinical speakers also addressed attendees – including Peter Battle – the Chief Executive of Tracscare; Dr. Tiago Pinto, an award winning Clinical Psychologist from Milton Park Therapeutic Campus; Samantha Drohan from WCADA (Welsh Centre for Action on Dependency and Addiction); Eleanor Percy, Clinical Support Nurse from Tracscare and Mike Jeffries, a Training Manager at the mental health charity MIND.
Peter Battle, Chief Executive of Tracscare, said:
“We were delighted to mark World Mental Health Day by bringing together so many representatives from across the Mental Health sector to discuss how best to enable the people we support to achieve resilience and recovery.
We want to thank Kerry-Ann for sharing her own deeply personal experience of receiving support and hope that her story will encourage all of the practitioners in attendance, to make mental health care personal.”