Child Mental Health Week-How the European Neuro Convention is putting the spotlight on mental health

Mental health is a topic that is quickly, and rightfully, becoming a focal point for commercial and business news alike. Place2Be found mental health to be the number one contributor to worldwide disease burden, simply proving how prevalent the issue is, and how turning a blind eye was never an option for dealing with it. As Child Mental Health Week winds to a close, it is transparent that the search to understand mental illness, and how we can effectively treat it, is one that is fervently underway. 

As part of the initiative to increase awareness amongst the younger generation, mindfulness classes will be given throughout this week. Mindfulness lets people get more in touch with their mental health, and allows them to realise when help is needed. Mindfulness can be a key part of cognitive behavioral therapy, a topic of deep assessment at the European Neuro Convention. Dr Camilla Nord from the University of Cambridge will be looking into the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and how it can offer further benefits to cognitive behavioral therapy for those with depression. This kind of advanced approach to mental health and the treatments available is a clear reflection of the serious change of attitude towards mental health. Dr Camilla Nord will lead a deeply interesting seminar that explores just how far treatments are coming. 

The study into brain stimulation and the effects it can have in the journey against mental illness is a quickly developing field. Alongside the mental health spotlight brain stimulation is another dedicated focus of the European Neuro Convention, and Professor Michael Banissy from Goldsmiths is one of the leading authorities within brain stimulation research. His seminar at the event will be one that delves into non-invasive brain stimulation and its effects on perceptions of mood and emotional perception. Understanding the potential of brain stimulation is key for the development of personal treatment plans, and the subsequent improvement of patient outcomes as a result. 

The wide spread effect of mental health is one that is starting to be treated with the respect it deserves. The more we understand our brains, the more we can hope to understand the illnesses that will affect 1 in 4 britons throughout their life. Despite this statistic, the charity Mind points out that just 1 in 8 people receive treatment for their mental illness. With the increased funding into mental health services thanks to the NHS Long Term Plan providing 24 hour access to mental health crisis care and the matched mental health support in school, there are solutions being laid out by current leadership. The breakthrough research being conducted and presented at the European Neuro Convention by the likes of Dr Camilla Nord and Professor Michael Banissy all suggests that the statistic of people not receiving help will be turned around. 

At European Neuro Convention the focus of improved patient outcomes and the streamlining of hospital services will look to cause ripples throughout the health service. With the techniques being discussed and the equipment displayed and traded, the European Neuro Convention will benefit all currently dealing with mental health issues by offering clear pathways to efficient hospital services delivering improved patient outcomes.

Tickets for the European Neuro Convention are free, and readily available from the link at the top of the page.