Second National Conference
Sexual Abuse & Mental Health 

Reducing the impact of abuse on mental health
Monday 12th November 2018, London

Following the June 2018 government commitment to ensuring victims of sexual abuse will receive a lifetime of mental health care to cope with the trauma, this conference focuses on the important issue of sexual abuse and mental health; reducing the impact of abuse on mental health.

“The physical and emotional impact of sexual crimes lasts a lifetime, so it’s important that survivors can get the help they need, whenever they need it. The physical effect of these crimes is so shocking that it can be easy to overlook the long-term mental health needs, which may be less visible but not less harmful. Across England, the NHS is expanding care for people with mental ill health, whatever their condition, and our new guarantee of personal, joined-up and life-long care for those who have suffered sexual assault and abuse, will build on excellent progress to address a big gap in care.” Kate Davies, NHS England Director of Sexual Assault Services, June 2018

Researched and produced with Paul Scates Peer Specialist, Campaigner and Survivor of Sexual Abuse the conference will include a national update from Kate Davies, Director of Sexual Assault Services, NHS England, and will continue with survivor perspectives, expert sessions and practical case studies covering:

    • Meeting the national commitment to ensure victims of sexual abuse receive a lifetime of effective mental health care
    • Helping reduce the impact of abuse on later mental health problems
    • What does a gold standard sexual abuse pathway look like?
    • Victim support, early mental health support, and the police role
    • The role of Sexual Abuse Referral Centres in Mental Health
    • Delivering therapeutic and practical support to adults who were abused as children and have turned todrugs, alcohol and other ways of self-harming as a consequence of that trauma
    • Relieving the stress of families, carers and parents of children who have been affected by sexual abuse
    • Supporting survivors of historical abuse in an institution
    • Case studies on how we can more effectively support men, and older people who are survivors of sexual abuse

There is an allocation of free places for victims/survivors, patients and service users which can be booked by emailing [email protected], and the organisers are also offering paying registrants a 20% discount with code hcuk20suk.

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