Mental health (FS-25)

Focused symposium
Chair/speaker
Speakers
PHYSICAL THERAPY IN MENTAL HEALTH

Probst M1Stubbs B2,3Nyboe L4Brunner E5,6Connaughton J7 
1KU Leuven, Rehabilitation Sciences, Leuven, Belgium, 2South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust., London, United Kingdom, 3South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust., Physiotherapy, Lodon, United Kingdom, 4Aarhus University Hospital, Dep. of Affective Disorders, Central Region , Denmark, Aarhus, Denmark, 5Kantonsspital Winterthur, Institut für Physiotherapie, Winterthur, Switzerland, 6KU Leuven - University of Leuven, Rehabilitation Sciences, Leuven, Belgium, 7The University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Physiotherapy, Fremantle, Australia

Learning objective 1: Gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of physical therapy in mental health
Learning objective 2: Understanding why physical therapists are ideally placed to motivate people with (severe) mental illness
Learning objective 3: Providing arguments to include more specific mental health courses in physical therapy education
Description: Physical therapy in mental health care and psychiatry has not been acknowledged yet in all countries. The aim of this focussed symposium is to discuss the potential value of physical therapy in mental health care and the inclusion of mental health in physical therapy education and in clinical practice. At the same time, this symposium illustrates new developments in physical therapy methods and applications in the fields of mental health and psychiatry, including innovative and effective strategies to address today's complex health challenges. The symposium is focussed as well on effects of exercise in prevention and management of mental illness, body and movement awareness in work-related posttraumatic stress disorders, identifying and addressing psychological factors in chronic low back pain and interventions to improve mental health skills of physical therapy students. In the discussion, topics for future interactions and initiatives in regard of research and clinical practice will be explored.
Implications / Conclusions: Mental health is all physio's business! 
Key-words: 1. Mental health 2. Psychiatry 3. 
Funding acknowledgements: NA
Relevance to physical therapy globally: Mental health is a topic of growing interest in society. Physical therapy in mental health care addresses human movement, function, physical activity and exercise in individual and group therapeutic settings. Additionally, it connects the physical and mental health needs of humans.
Target audience: Physical therapist interested in the field of mental health care.