Mike Scanlan
Psychiatric Nurse
Mindfulness For Professionals

Dr Mike Scanlan works as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant and was responsible for setting up and designing the clinical model for the successful and award winning ‘Changing Minds’ Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service. Mike is trained to use Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Response prevention (EMDR) and Compassionate Focused Therapy approaches. He led a project supported by the Department of Health to illustrate how telehealth principles can be utilised to deliver IAPT group therapy via webinar to people with mental health problems with co morbid long-term conditions. 

More recently he has been working with a number of CCG’s to introduce a Perinatal Emotional Health Check aimed at improving the wellbeing of women and their partners. In September, Mike was the key note speaker at the Jersey Prescribing Conference where he shared his thoughts and work on mindful prescribing. Mike is the author of the widely used and well-respected CBT guided self-help series of books entitled ‘Moving Forward’. These books blend theories of bibliotherapy with CBT principles. The books are used in a number of IAPT services across the UK.

Words of Mike: 

I have been working with people, to help them to recover from feelings of sadness and worry for over 20 years.

I have spent most of my career in the NHS and occupied very senior clinical roles during that time.

I have a special interest in helping people recover from traumatic life events, helping people control their anger and get a better nights sleep.

Sleep Show Presentation

Saturday 16th March 2019

Time 14:40-15:10pm

"The Importance of Sleep in Managing Anxiety and Depression"

Sleep is the seed bed of good mental health. This talk explores these common health conditions discussing beneficial therapeutic techniques and the role of medication.