Women are 20 times more likely to experience an episode of severe mental illness in the weeks following childbirth than at any other times in their lives.
Why is the postpartum a period of such high risk?
How is research helping us understand the triggering of episodes by childbirth?
And how will this make a difference for women and their families?
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Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
16-18 Queens Square
Arrive from 6.30pm, talk 7-8pm
Speaker - Professor Ian Jones
Ian Jones is Professor of Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at Cardiff University. He is Director of the National Centre for Mental Health and with colleagues leads the Bipolar Disorder Research Network.
NCMH has recruited over 20,000 people with mental health problems to its research cohort and BDRN has involved over 7,000 people with bipolar disorder from around the UK in research.
He leads the Cardiff University Psychiatry Service (CUPS) and a clinical service offering pre-conception counselling to women with severe mental illness.
He is Director of BEP-C, a group psychoeducation programme for bipolar disorder, and is a Trustee of The Maternal Mental Health Alliance and a Trustee and Scientific Advisor to Action on Postpartum Psychosis.
His research focuses on bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis. He has authored or co-authored over 300 publications and book chapters and has been awarded the Marcé Medal for his research on Postpartum Psychosis and was named Academic Psychiatrist of the Year at the RCPsych Awards 2013.
In 2014 BEP-C was awarded the British Medical Journal (BMJ) award for innovation in medicine. He has spoken widely across the UK and internationally including appearances at Hay and Cheltenham Festivals.
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