Events and workshops - Siblings Connect 2012
We held our first ever national event for the brothers and sisters of people with mental illness in May.
Did you miss the day? You can watch videos, download the presentations and hear from siblings who came along below.
The day provided the chance for siblings to get together and share experiences, take part in workshops to learn more about mental illness and hear talks from expert speakers.
For many, this was the first chance they’d had to get support and talk about their experiences.
Hear from two siblings who came along on the day who told us about their experiences!
We'd like to thank all the speakers, workshop leaders and volunteers who made the day, and to everyone who came along. It was great to hear everyone sharing experiences and advice.
I don't feel so alone in facing the issue of mental ill health in my family. Meeting others in a similar situation has made me feel supported.
We heard excellent talks from Sathnam Sanghera, author of sibling memoir The Boy with the Topknot and journalist for The Times, Monica McCaffrey, Director of the charity Sibs and Dr Jo Smith, a prominent clinical psychologist who is at the forefront of working with the siblings and families of people affected by mental illness.
Read our speaker biographies from Siblings Connect 2012
Watch Monica McCaffrey's talk:
Download Monica McCaffrey's slides: Monica McCaffrey Sibs (192 kb) [ppt]
Watch Jo Smith's talk:
Download Jo Smith's slides: Jo Smith Worcestershire EIP (1912 kb) [ppt]
Read Anjet's blog about the talks on the day and what it meant for her as a sibling
We held a series of workshops in the afternoon.
Take a look at each workshop below to download information and presentations, find out what we discussed and get ideas on how you can get involved, whether you were at the day or not.
Schizophrenia: What's new in research?: The latest research-based tips and techniques in managing the symptoms of schizophrenia with Dr Shubulade Smith.
Download the slides: Schizophrenia What's new in research?
Psychosis: The latest ideas in treatment:The latest research in psychosis and schizophrenia and the resulting recommendations for treatment.
Download the slides: Psychosis: the latest ideas in treatment
Open up: Share your stories, advice and ideas with other siblings in a facilitated peer support session
Talking to professionals: Advice and information on issues around confidentiality and information sharing when talking to mental health services
Planning for the future: A chance to think about future care and support options for your sibling, for instance as your parents get older or circumstances change
Our voice, our rights!: Ideas and tips on how to challenge stigma and discrimination and campaign for your rights
Normal? a sibling play: A chance to talk through common issues and problem solve by watching and discussing Normal?, a play about sibling experiences by Ann Akin of Vintage Star Productions.
We also had a Siblings Corner where delegates could share their thoughts around what it means to be a sibling. We received some wonderful poems, songs, pictures and lyrics.
The area also included a table with recommended books and videos for siblings. Find out more about our recommended sibling resources and suggest some of your own!
Do you want to tell us what it means to you to be a sibling, or share your experiences of the event?
Why not join us on the siblings forum and submit your stories, art and quotes?
Need practical advice & info? We can help.
Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays