Conference at Elmwood

A ‘celebrating recovery conference’ at Elmwood College was well attended recently, with over 120 people, from statutory and voluntary sector mental health organisations in Scotland and England. Chrys Muirhead, conference organiser, welcomed everyone and spoke of her own personal recovery from mental ill health then introduced the opening speakers Prof Phil Barker and Poppy Buchanan-Barker who gave a thoughtful and inspiring presentation on their Tidal Model of recovery and reclamation. This was followed by seminar discussions around tables and in breakout rooms, addressing questions about the meaning of 'good' mental health, the impact of personal recovery stories, local and national recovery initiatives. Falkirk District Association for Mental Health, established in 1981, provided the final workshop with a presentation on their new £1 million pound centre recently opened after a 6 year fund-raising effort. Many activities are held here including befriending, counselling, drop-in facilities, different group-work activities and support. Susan Archibald was the final speaker and is involved in disability rights work, helping people to recover their self-worth and dignity. Simon Bradstreet, Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) Director, gave the vote of thanks and said, “I’m sure that this event will help in the promotion of recovery, which is already underway in the mental health services locally and nationally.” The SRN also covered the venue expenses for this free event. For further information on the range of care related courses at Elmwood contact Student Services on 01334 658856 or for more information about mental health log-on to


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