Our Hui on September 9, 2023 (International FASD Awareness Day) had a focus on mental health.
FASD-CAN's 2023 Hui had a focus on mental health and our speakers on the subject included NZ-based FASD expert and two well-known and highly-regarded Canadian experts who Zoomed in.
Dr Jamie Speeden discuss changes in FASD-awareness in the psychiatric world in Aotearoa (alongside the realisation that we have a long way to go in this very challenged field), then Canadian forensic psychiatrist Dr Mansfield Mela spoke from a more clinical angle on the latest mental health research.
Canadian Natascha Lawrence of the The FASD Institute spoke on mental health, substance use and addiction. Her empathy and compassion, together with her many engaging metaphors around how the brain works for people with FASD, were revelatory.
Click here to go to our Hui 2023 recordings.