Summer Forum Theme

TRAUMA MATTERS: Values, Evidence and Responses to Trauma in Mental Health Services

We need to be mindful that each person’s mental health is different. People need opportunities to achieve their optimal level of mental health, and we all need to invest in that. Deterioration in a person’s mental health often starts in small ways, think of these changes as whispers. Unfortunately, whispers can be missed or misunderstood. Therefore, when we hear the whispers, we need to become aware that mental health is being impacted, and we need to listen more closely to what that whisper is telling us, rather than waiting for the roar before taking action.

The concepts of mental health and mental illness have changed over the years and it is timely to use events such as TheMHS to showcase the evidence of how we reform, reflect and review the supports and services we all provide.

Even if trauma occurred many years ago – it matters. It matters for the person, their family and the services and institutions they contact.

One of the many lessons from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is the powerful role that institutions and systems can have in recognising, responding and resisting the re-traumatisation of survivors.

TheMHS Summer Forum 2018 explores how mental health services can recognise and respond to trauma and shows the way forward with trauma-informed care and effective, evidence-based responses that promote healing and recovery.

TheMHS Summer Forum will feature examples of good practice and explore the questions:
  • How is the experience of trauma related to the development and exacerbation of mental health problems?
  • How can services recognise the effects of trauma and provide environments that facilitate safe disclosure and establish trauma-informed responses that are accountable to trauma survivors?
  • Can mental health services go beyond being trauma-informed to provide effective, evidence-based treatments?
  • What is the best available evidence to avoid traumatising and re-traumatising all people who have contact with mental health services?

Registrations for TheMHS Summer Forum are closed. 

See you in 2019!