Thursday, 3 May
I spent yesterday in Manchester. My grandson’s
school held a ‘dress as who you are’ day. It’s a very multicultural
school, and most children went in dress to reflect their culture
and roots. But my grandson, who’s 6-years-old, went a Luke
Skywalker. He sat next to his ‘girlfriend’ who was dressed (yes,
you’ve guessed it) as Princess Leia. His parents were a bit
surprised, but I showed them a photo I had of the two of them, aged
15, when they started going out together, at a fancy dress party.
And yes, you’ve guessed it, they were dressed as Luke Skywalker and
Princess Leia. So is this nature or nurture? Do send me your
There was a great turnout at the North West
Division spring academic conference, a day that focused on mental
health and the law.
I also attended the Forensic Child
and Adolescent Mental Health (F-CAMHS) Network conference with
the theme ‘Everyone’s Business’. The conference was a great
collaboration between the College, Greater Manchester West Mental
Health NHS Foundation Trust where I work, and the British
Psychological Society. Over 180 people attended, across a wide
range of professions, and the conference was opened by health and
criminal justice tsar Louis Appleby. The day gave us lots of
examples of best practice and pragmatic research. And the
challenges of how services will be commissioned and ensuring the
pathway of care is not fragmented.
I’m staying in Manchester today, before flying
to Philadelphia for the 165th Annual Congress of the
American Psychiatric Association tomorrow. I’ll update you from the
US next week.
In the meantime, may the force be with you.
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