With a theme of From Global to Local: Mental Health in a Connected World, the 25th International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference (#MHNR2019) took place on September 12th and 13th 2019 at the RCN in London. The event was organised by Mental Health Nurse Academics UK, the Royal College of Nursing and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) with the Mental Elf once again taking the conference beyond the room with live tweeting, podcasts and hosting for livestreams of keynote speakers.
Delegates were welcomed from around the world to deliver talks, to listen, and to network. First keynote speaker on day one was Professor Fiona Nolan, who shared her experiences of improving mental health care through nurse education in Mongolia. In his keynote, Professor Ricardo Araya described the work of filling the mental health gap in low and middle income countries, whilst day one’s final keynote was delivered by Professor Sue McAndrew, Mental Health Nurse Academics UK Lecturer for 2019, who made connections between young service users, adult users of services and young carers.
First keynote speaker on day two was Past President of ISPN Professor Edilma Yearwood, who invited delegates to examine the global evidence on mental health literacy and stigma reduction. A final keynote of the conference was delivered by members of Recovery in the Bin, who introduced the concept of ‘neorecovery’ and challenged delegates to get back to the idea of ‘recovery’ as it was first envisaged.
Announced at the conference was the news that Dr Russell Ashmore will be delivering the 2020 Skellern Lecture, and Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane will be speaking as recipient of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations to both, who can be heard at Middlesex University on June 11th 2020.