Adolescent mental health resilience after childhood adversity

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Event type Special Interest Group

O’Flanagan Lecture Theatre, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, York St, St Stephens Green, Dublin 2

Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen

This event focusses on adolescent mental health resilience after childhood adversity, and is delivered by ACAMH’s Early Intervention in YMH Special Interest Group (SIG).

This event is co-hosted by the Youth and Student Mental Health Special Interest Group of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

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About the day
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About the day

Adolescence is a sensitive time characterized by marked cognitive, hormonal and neurodevelopmental changes as well as a rapid rise in the prevalence of mental health disorders. Mental health disorders that first occur in adolescence are more severe and more likely to recur in later life. Importantly, approximately 30% of all mental health problems are attributable to childhood adversity such as parental psychopathology, peer victimization, financial difficulties, or abuse and neglect.

Up to 50% of children and adolescents growing up worldwide experiences such traumatic and stressful events in early life. Therefore, childhood trauma was recently suggested to be ‘Psychiatry’s greatest public health challenge’. Fortunately, not all adolescents who have experienced childhood adversity develop poor mental health, but function resiliently despite their early adverse experiences.

Key takeaways

  • Discover why a large proportion of all mental health problems are attributable to childhood adversity
  • Why is it that up to 50% of children and adolescents growing up worldwide experiences traumatic and stressful events in early life but not all develop mental health disorders?
  • Learn about the importance of studying Resilience, but also why resilient functioning is not facilitated by any single ‘resilience biomarker’.
  • Hear why adolescent mental health resilience is a product of complex processes and influences across multiple levels.

About the talks

In this talk I will argue that resilient functioning is not facilitated by any single ‘resilience biomarker’. I will show that resilient functioning is a product of complex processes and influences across multiple levels, ranging from ‘bottom-up’ neurobiological influences, to ‘top-down’ supportive social influences. As such, I will argue that studies that examine and integration these complex dynamics are needed in order to better understand and help build adolescent mental health resilience.
Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen

Who should attend

This day would be particularly beneficial to psychologists, psychiatrists, nursing staff, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, social workers, teachers, medical students, psychology students and PhD students and researchers who are investigating topics related to young people’s mental health.

About the speakers

Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen
Dr. Anne-Laura van Harmelen

Anne-Laura van Harmelen is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and PI of the Risk and Resilience Group at the University of Cambridge. Van Harmelen leads the MQ funded HOPES project which investigates the social and neurobiological mechanisms of adolescent suicide, as well as the Royal Society Funded RAISE project that aims to understand the neuro-immune mechanisms of stress resilience. For her work, van Harmelen was awarded a ‘2020 Rising Star’ award from the Association for Psychological Science.

Prices and Booking

This is a FREE event but booking is required to secure your place. All delegates will receive a CPD certificate emailed after the event.

Ways to book;

  • Online via the button at the top of the page, or
  • Call the office Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00 on +44 (0) 20 7403 7458

Slides

Slides are password protected, those we have permission to share will be made available when they are supplied to us.

Programme

TBC

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