Working with the whole person: Alcohol, mental health and complex needs

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Access the video presentations from Alcohol Change UK’s first online conference, held in December 2020

Alcohol misuse is often just one symptom of the complex challenges someone faces in their life. Drinking may be a means to cope with underlying trauma or ongoing mental distress. It may bring its own problems with it, such as low mood and impaired cognition.

Such complex needs don’t lend themselves to simple solutions. That’s why we brought together a multidisciplinary slate of academics, practitioners, and people with lived experience, to help us all work towards interventions that support the whole person.

For just £30, you can access seven video presentations from our online conference, given by a range of expert speakers:

  • Keynote speech: Josh Conolly, telling his powerful story of vulnerability and resilience as the child of a dependent drinker
  • Victoria Williams, Veterans’ Therapist at Swansea Bay University Health Board, on ways to work with military veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol misuse
  • Prof Bev John from the University of South Wales, on raising awareness and reducing the stigma around alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD)
  • Speaking from experience: Chelsey Flood, Scott Pearson and Marcus Barnes talk about drinking, not drinking, and how alcohol can come to define our identity
  • Dr Sharon Cox of University College London, on the importance of supporting high-risk drinkers to stop smoking
  • Mike Ward from Alcohol Change UK, on working with the most chaotic and change-resistant drinkers
  • Joe Fisher from Bristol’s Golden Key project, describing their very practical approaches to working with people with the most complex needs.

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Each presentation is around 20 minutes long, in addition to the Speaking from experience talk, which lasts around 50 minutes.