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Abertay academics attend Scottish Mental Health Nursing Research Conference

3 May 2013

Two academics from the University of Abertay Dundee will be speaking at the Scottish Mental Health Nursing Research Conference in Aberdeen today (Friday, May 3).

Emma Lamont and Robin Ion from the University’s Division of Nursing and Counselling will be discussing the concept of recovery in mental health.

The conference, which is supported by the Scottish Government, is now in its second year and will be held at Robert Gordon University (RGU).

Entitled “Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being for all – evidence for mental health practice”, the event will bring together experts from a number of specialist areas to showcase innovative research, best practice, and education techniques in the field of mental health care.

The concept of recovery – aspects of which Emma and Robin will each highlight in their presentations - is a vital part of the journey for anyone experiencing a mental health difficulty, as it is known to promote hope, optimism, a meaningful life and empowerment.

Emma, who is one of Abertay University’s Mental Health Nursing Lecturers, will give an overview of what recovery is, looking in particular at where the idea came from, and the new opportunities that are emerging around how it can be achieved and supported by those working in the field of mental health in Scotland.

Robin, who is Head of the Nursing and Counselling Division at Abertay, will then present a paper on the development of a tool designed to measure recovery. This is part of a collaborative project with the mental health charity Penumbria, and Dr Scott Hardie from Abertay University's Division of Psychology.

In addition to the presentations from researchers and mental health practitioners from across the UK, a strong line-up of keynote speakers has been confirmed for the event including Hugh Masters, Associate Chief Nursing Officer Interim for the Scottish Government.

The event, which is free to attend, is open to health and social care staff practicing in the field of mental health or with an interest in the area, academic staff in colleges and universities, students in health and social care, volunteer service staff, and service users.


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Notes to Editors:

The conference is a partnership between Scottish Universities, NHS Healthcare providers, and the Scottish Mental Health Research Network.

The concept of recovery is described by the Scottish Recovery Network as “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.”

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.

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