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Tayside mental health nurses to attend Abertay mental health recovery day

26 April 2013

Mental health nurses and student nurses from across Tayside will gather at the University of Abertay Dundee on Tuesday (April 30) to discuss the concept of recovery in mental health.

The event will be an exciting opportunity for those working in mental health to come together under one roof and discuss best practice on this important issue.

2nd and 3rd Year mental health nursing students from the University will attend the event. It will be a chance for them to meet with, and learn from, contemporary thinkers and senior practitioners within the NHS and mental health organisations, such as the Scottish Recovery Network and Penumbra, who are actively involved in working with service users and promoting recovery.

Speakers at the event include:

Karen Robertson – Associate Nurse Director for mental health and learning disabilities, NHS Tayside

John McCormack – Network manager, Learning and development, Scottish Recovery Network

James Kennedy – Practice development nurse, Angus adult integrated mental health services, NHS Tayside

Emma Lamont – Mental health nurse lecturer, University of Abertay Dundee

Mandy McLernon – Penumbra, Scotland.

Recovery is a vital part of the journey for anyone experiencing a mental health difficulty. This philosophy is known to promote hope and optimism, a meaningful life and empowerment.

Understanding continues to grow amongst service users, mental health professionals and scholars, with new opportunities emerging regarding how recovery can be realised and supported by those working in the field of mental health.

Organiser of the event Emma Lamont, Lecturer in mental health nursing at Abertay University, explains:

“People can and do recover from mental health difficulties – they build resilience, overcome adversity, discover strengths and can find meaning through working, further education, volunteering, sports and creative expression.

“Mental health nurses are in a prime position to build relationships with people to promote their recovery and realise their full potential, but it’s important to understand that it can be a long and arduous process.

“Despite a lot of stigma continuing to surround mental health, there have been a great many positive changes in recent years, and there is a lot of hard work taking place across Tayside to change people’s perceptions.

“Monday’s event will be hugely beneficial to our students, as learning about recovery is a key part of their curriculum, and getting to talk to those with first hand experience will help broaden their understanding.

“Recovery is such an important part of mental health and wellbeing, but it can be challenging to fully understand, because each person’s recovery is individual to them. So it’ll be a useful event for the speakers and attendees as well, as they’ll be able to share their experiences with each other, help each other find solutions to problems they may be facing, and exchange ideas about how to continue promoting recovery within the healthcare setting in which they work.”


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Notes to Editors:

Abertay University has been teaching nursing since the mid 1970s and is set to create a centre for excellence in mental health nursing over the coming years.

The Scottish Recovery Network describes recovery as follows:

“Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.”

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For further information about Penumbra, please visit:

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