Thursday, 29 March 2012

Catholic Symposium on Mental Health to Be Held in Leeds

A national Catholic healthcare symposium dedicated to mental health is to be held in Leeds in May this year. Aiming to furnish delegates with a broad exploration of mental health from a Catholic perspective, the symposium is inspired by the often hidden suffering of people with mental illness and is an active response to the Holy Father’s call to prayer:

“I invite you to pray for those with mental health difficulties: that they are not placed on the margins, but treated with respect and lovingly supported as they live their life with dignity."
- Pope Benedict XVI

A continuation of an annual symposium series organised by the Catholic Medical Association (UK), the symposium, entitled, ‘A Light Shines in the Darkness: A Catholic Perspective on Mental Health,’ is under the direction of the Leeds Branch of the organisation. With seminars on topics ranging from stigma to psychotherapy, speakers include Emeritus Professor Peter Gilbert, Sister Margaret Atkins, Ms Trish Gale, Dr Pravin Thevasathan, and Mr Chris Butler.

The symposium is open to healthcare professionals and students as well as anyone interested in a Catholic perspective on Mental Health. It will be held at the Leeds Diocesan Pastoral and Conference Centre, Hinsley Hall, on Saturday, 5th May 2012 and is followed on Sunday, 6th May 2012 by the Annual General Meeting of the Catholic Medical Association (UK) which is open to members of the association only.

Further details of the symposium, including booking arrangements, can be acquired from http://sites.google.com/site/cmaleeds/ or by contacting cmaleeds@gmail.com.

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