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I attended the MDF conference for the first time in London with my sister. I was originally invited to exhibit Yessica’s Journey but decided in the end not to as the puppet would not be ready in time and I think it would spoil the surprise of what the puppet and set look like which I am keeping a secret until the launch.
Professor Nick Craddock was there from Cardiff University BDRN Research team. He was doing a workshop on ‘How to take control of our lives’. There were various other speakers during the day from the MDF organisation and a really interesting talk from the father of someone who suffers from Bipolar. There was also a talk on Mindfullness which to me seems very similar to lots of other theories and very much like Yoga disciplines. I think a lot of these theories are all similar, it’s just every few years someone comes up with a new word for it.
We had lunch and a chance to look around the stands which offered information about various organisations including research and the BDRN organisation.
The day finished with a talk from Dr Rachel Perkins OBE – The future of Mental Health Services. She had such a great sense of humor. I have always thought that Mental Health needs more humor, people take things too seriously and a bit more laughter goes a long way, especially for our mental health and wellbeing. Rachel has Bipolar and has a background in clinical psychology. She is a long term user of mental health services. She really made me laugh.
I really enjoyed the day especially the question and answer forum which gave a lot of the delegates a chance to talk and ask questions. A lot of people spoke about their own experiences which I found really useful. Several people were echoing similar experiences to my own, especially about the problems within the health service. I found this really helpful and a relief that I am not alone.