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UNDERTONES – Mental Health & Arts Seminar


The Department of Mental Health will be co-hosting a seminar entitled, UNDERTONES Mental health and Arts, on the 11th of April at Giardini Lambrosa, Rabat. A host of local academics and experts in the field will be discussing creativity, arts and mental health

For information kindly e-mail Dr. Alexei Sammut on

Registration and Programme can be downloaded by clicking here

End of year message

As the end of the year is approaching, I tick another successful year in the MAPN’s diary. The w20182019ork of the association continues to grow amongst the events and changes which are happening in mental health in Malta. Challenges in mental health care are never scarce, but MAPN continues to adjust its sails to meet these challenges head on. The aim of the association is to promote empower and safeguard the psychiatric nursing profession. This is achieved by monitoring and observing the mental health situation in Malta, organizing events and conferences, being affiliated with other organizations that promote mental health care and the improvement of the mental health services. This year the MAPN organized the Interventions in Mental Health conference, which was well attended and everyone who attended can vouch that it was a success. It involved an interesting array of speakers from the U.K. and Malta, a mixture of local and foreign talent with the focus on skills practiced in our work, including medication management, psychosocial interventions, risk assessment, cognitive behavioural therapy, art based therapies, early intervention in psychosis and the “Hearing Voices” approach.

The MAPN would like to congratulate Dr Alexei Sammut, Vice President of MAPN, who has been nominated and elected as a board representative in the Horatio European Association of Psychiatric Nurses. The board this year has met in Belgium and is planning to organize the Horatio Festival in Copenhagen in 2019.

During this month, the MAPN was also involved in the Universal Health and Mental Health Coverage for all congress which was organized in Malta on December 12th, its aim being Connecting People and Sharing Perspectives. During this congress the Malta Declaration was launched. Further details can be found at:

Finally, this year, Malta is committed in the launching of the Mental Health Strategy, where the government has outlined his vision for mental health for the next 10 years. This is an exciting opening in mental health care in Malta, and focus on an area which historically never received the attention it required. The MAPN have given its contribution to this strategy, and is now looking forward to be part of the initiatives which are meant to strengthen the mental health sector in this country. Mental health is something which can affect all of us, and there are colleagues who experienced themselves the burden of mental illness. We owe them the best services they can get, and the nursing profession continues to strive to provide optimum mental health care to people experiencing mental ill health and support any initiative to strengthen the mental health services.

For next year, the MAPN will continue to promote the mental health nursing profession, with focus on motivation, empowerment and training. We look forward to continue working with you and on behalf of the MAPN council, we would like to wish you a nice festive season and a prosperous new year.


Pierre Galea

MAPN President

The MAPN supports ĦOSS


ĦOSS is the brainchild of Manuel Spiteri and Diane Camenżuli. The word ĦOSS has two specific meanings in the Maltese language i.e. sound and feeling. The concept behind ĦOSS is to bring together music and other forms of expressive arts under the umbrella of mental health. Primarily focused on giving a voice to those that suffer in silence and to raise awareness on the fragile reality of mental health issues.


Ageless, Colourless, Genderless

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Together we are Loud!

ĦOSS  Social Media Sites





The HOSS logo shows a skull, which represents a human being in its rawest form. In the logo, the words H O S S were purposely designed to be in the brain section because our emotions and feelings originate from our minds. Everyone can pass through mental health issues irrespective of age, gender, colour, job, social status and other titles given to the person.



Interventions in Mental Health – 8th & 9th November 2018

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Annette Robbins – CBT as a nursing Intervention

Caroline Attard -Mental State Examination and Risk Assessment

Darren Lloyd – Early Intervention in Psychosis

Dr. Anthony Zahra – The role of medication

Dr. Paulanne Grech – Hearing Voices Approach

Pierre Galea – Medication Management

Rose Warne – Psych-social Interventions

Amy Bonnici – Art Based Interventions

Martin Ward – Patient Centred Care

Dr John Cachia – Commisioner for Mental Health

Speaker Bio (9) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – Medication Management 

Speaker – Pierre Galea

Pierre Galea qualified as a registered mental health nurse in 1998.  For the last 18 years he has worked in different mental health settings across Malta and the U.K. including in-patient settings, community mental health, crisis and home treatment and liaison psychiatry.Pierre Profile Pic

He has completed a degree in Community Mental Health at Oxford Brookes University.  He worked as a community psychiatric nurse with the Oxford Community Mental Health Team, the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team and the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Warneford and J.R. Hospitals in Oxford, U.K.

In 2013 he completed a Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing, where he based his research on the role of the Community Psychiatric Nurse in Malta.  He currently works as a community psychiatric nurse with the Mental Health Services and is the team leader of a community mental health team.  He is a visiting lecturer at the Department of Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta.

Pierre Galea is the president of the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses and is currently the chair for the Alliance for Mental Health, a consortium of organizations which aims to guide the improvement of mental health services in Malta.

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.

In the below links you can find the provisional programme and Registration Form.


Provisional Programme

Registration Form


Speaker Bio (8) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – The Role of Medication in Mental Health 

Speaker – Dr Anthony Zahra 

Dr Anthony Zahra is a consultant psychiatrist, leading a multidisciplinary team, caring for patients needing acute inpatient mental health care. He is clinical lead at the residential treatment centre for eating disorders and obesity.

He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and followeDr. AZd post graduate training in gerontology at the University of Southampton. He has also furthered studies in the philosophy of psychiatry, and is a visiting lecturer at the University of Malta. He is an executive member of the Maltese Association of Psychiatry.

His presentation will focus on the role of psychotropic medication in Mental Health.

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.

In the below links you can find the provisional programme and Registration Form.


Provisional Programme

Registration Form

Speaker Bio (7) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – Art Based Interventions in Mental Health

Speaker – Amy Bonnici – Mental Health Nurse

Amy has been working as a Registered Mental Nurse within local inpatient psychiatric services for the past year, and is currently reading for a Masters Degree in Mental Health Nursing. Over the years she has also worked as a children’s art teaAmy Borgcher and creativity instructor for adults during fortnightly events called Creative Evenings, of which she is a co-founder. This love for art inspired her undergraduate dissertation titled Managing PTSD: Expressive Arts Therapies VS Talking Therapies, which explored the use of art, dance, music, and drama in managing trauma as opposed to traditional talking therapies. The presence of evidence based research backing artistic interventions in psychiatry motivated her to introduce art based sessions at the acute admission ward where she currently works. Amy hopes to continue making a positive impact in patients’ lives through both her psychiatric training and artistic abilities.

Speaker Bio (6) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – The Influence of Patient Centered Care on Nurse Therapy

Speaker – Martin Ward, Visiting Senior lecturer, University of Malta


Martin first came to work in Malta in 2003 as a consultant jointly to the Health Department and the University to set up and deliver degree programmes in psychiatric/mental health nursing. In 2015 this became the multi-disciplinary Department of Mental Health, with a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and he was appointed HMartin Wardead of Department. After a long career in nurse education in the UK Martin was also the Director of Mental Health Nursing at the National Institute for Nursing, Oxford, the Director of Mental Health for the Royal College of Nursing and Chair of the European Expert Panel of Psychiatric Nursing. He was the founder of the NPNR (Network for Psychiatric Nursing research) as well as joint founder of the UK Health Advisory Service (later taken over by NICE). He has published over 100 papers and seven books speaking at conferences worldwide. He retired from full-time academia at the University of Malta in September 2015 whilst President of Horatio: European Psychiatric Nurses. He still lectures at the university part-time and is currently an advisor to the government of the Czech Republic for their mental health reforms and undertaking mental health coaching work with several companies in Malta. Martin’s special interests include practice development and international collaboration. He is currently working on a biography of Professor Shirley Smoyak of Rutgers University, a famous USA psychiatric nurse, with whom he is great friends.

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.

In the below links you can find the provisional programme and Registration Form.


Provisional Programme

Registration Form


Speaker Bio (5) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title – Insight: Early Intervention in Psychosis Service.

Speaker – Darren Lloyd, Clinical Team Manager

Mr Darren Lloyd qualified as registered mental health nurse in 1997.

In the past 25 years he worked in a number of psychiatric settings and in different parts of England.

He started his career in in-patient settings, in Oxford, U.K., working in a rehabilitation unit, then on a Psychiatric Intensive Unit.Darren Loyd

Since 2004 he worked in a variety of community mental health settings, firstly in a Community Mental Health Team in Oxford, then moving to work in the Early Intervention Service in Birmingham.

He also worked as a community psychiatric nurse in Coventry CMHT, then working in the Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service, within the Magistrates and Crown Court. Since 2015, he worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse and a Clinical Team Manager in Plymouth, U.K.

He is now the manager of the Early Intervention Service in Plymouth, U.K.

The tenets of Early Intervention in Psychosis; Psycho-Social Education, the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the optimum use of medications and the involvement of families, are the guiding principles for the care he provided over the past two and half decades and advocates how this should be a major part of how clinicians, approach mental health nursing in the years ahead.

Speaker Bio (4) – Interventions in Mental Health 8th/9th November

Presentation Title: Mental State & Risk Assessment

Speaker: Caroline Attard

Caroline Attard is currently the Director of Quality Improvement  working in Berkshire Health Foundation Trust in the UK.  Her career and expertise spans over 20 years working in her native country Malta and in the United Kingdom. She specialises in in-patient mental health nursing and Quality Improvement.  She has worked as an in-patient mental health Nurse Consultant which consisted of education, clinical leadership, research and service improvement. Caroline has taught on under and post graduate level mental health nursing programmes at various universities. She has also developed and facilitated various in-house training programmes on a variety of subjects, including suicide prevention, risk training and psycho social interventions.  She has developed a preceptorship programme for newly qualified mental health nurses which focuses on resilience and uses methods such as action learning sets and quality improvement methodology

Caroline has a passCaroline Attardion for working with carers and facilitates family work in her own Trust. She is involved in several research projects, from using sports with people who have severe and enduring mental health problems to CBT and sleep in in-patient mental health wards. Her expertise in service development has been utilised successfully in various areas on inpatient mental health wards and her adoption of quality improvement methodology has resulted in improvements in a variety of areas, including improving absence without leave from hospital, improving medication management, increasing post intervention reviews following rapid tranquilisation and improving monitoring of post rapid tranquilisation. Caroline is now leading a Quality Improvement programme across the whole organisation to implement a complete strategic transformational change for her trust. Her Quality Improvement achievements and support projects portfolio include more than 100 projects and span across the whole organisation. One of her most recent projects includes developing a care pathway for people with Emotional unstable personality disorder, whilst others include reducing falls, reducing violent and aggression, reducing self-harm and reducing the use of prone restraint.

Caroline has also contributed to several Research studies in the last few years and publications of both journals and books. Caroline is also the main editor of an International new book focusing on In-patient mental health in collaboration with Oxford University press which will be published in 2018.

For further details contact the MAPN on or call directly on 99825731.