Sleep and Mental Health


Event type Conference

Merchants Hall, Edinburgh

Sleep difficulties are common in children and adolescents, especially in some high-risk groups, such as young people with developmental difficulties or mental health problems. Clinicians working in paediatric or child mental health settings need an understanding of sleep disorders. It is important to know how sleep disturbance impacts on a young person’s physical and cognitive development, and mental health.


Listen to Dr. Max Davie give an overview of this conference in this podcast on Soundcloud or alternatively on iTunes.

Learning Outcomes and key takeaways

• Understand the physiology of sleep and how it changes over time and in different contexts
• Understand the relationship between sleep, behaviour and mental health
• Understand the principles of management and the adaptations that may be required to these
• Gain insight into delivering interventions in the management of sleep issues in CAMHS, paediatric and primary care settings

Who should attend

This day would be beneficial to those who work both in a clinical and non-clinical setting, who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge, specifically around sleep and mental health. In particular; paediatricians, sleep consultants, GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, allied health professionals, social workers, speciality doctors, educational psychologist, therapists, and those that work with children affected with mental health issues.

About the speakers

Dr Michael Farquhar
Dr. Michael Farquhar

Paediatric Sleep Consultant
Dr. Farquhar has been a consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London since 2012. He works in both the general and hypersomnia clinics, and the diagnostics sleep study service. He also works with other departments to assist colleagues in caring for children experiencing sleep difficulties due to complex medical issues. Dr. Farquhar is also involved in educating healthcare professionals on the importance of sleep, with a focus on sleep for staff working night shifts. External departments wishing to request teaching in these areas should contact Dr. Farquhar’s secretaries to discuss this. Dr. Farquhar is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, The British Paediatric Sleep Association, the British Sleep Society, the European Sleep Research Society and the British Paediatric Respiratory Society.

Dr. Max Davie
Community Paediatrician
Max Davie is a consultant community paediatrician, working in Lambeth as part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust Community services. He has a special interest in the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions in school-age children, and in the mental health of paediatric patients more generally. He is the convenor of the Paediatric Mental Health Association. He is involved with the RCPCH MindEd and disability e-portal projects.

Dr Sally Hobson
Dr. Sally Hobson

Associate Specialist Community Paediatrician
Dr. Sally Hobson is a community pediatrician working in the London borough of Lambeth. She is passionate about understanding the presentations and needs of children with complex neurodevelopmental and behavioural difficulties in the context of their families schools and communities. Having recognised sleep difficulties as frequently significant and hugely impairing in this population she undertook training and increased clinical experience in diagnosis and management. Alongside a colleague she worked to demonstrate the significant frequency and impact of sleep difficulties in the children who present to community paediatricians and to design and set up a multidisciplinary cross borough sleep clinic in Lambeth and Southwark. This service aims to assess diagnose understand and support children’s sleep problems and to demonstrate improved outcomes when sleep problems are tackled.

Dr Jenna Vyas-Lee
Clinical Psychologist
Dr Jenna Vyas-Lee is a Clinical Psychologist who splits her working week between the Complex Autism National and Specialist CAMHS at the Michael Rutter Centre, and leading the psychology service in the Lambeth and Southwark Community Sleep Clinic in South London. Jenna has also spent time working in the Evelina Sleep medicine department where she set up and evaluated a sleep and mood group for teenagers with sleep difficulties. Jenna has an interest in sleep and exercise in vulnerable groups and is currently leading on a study to understand the impact of exercise on sleep and wellbeing in a population of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities.