2019 PMH Conference

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Iron House

174 Great Hampton Row

#Ground Floor

Birmingham

B19 3JP

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Join us for an enriching day of self care, inspiration, insight and connection for parents caring for young people with mental illness.

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Hi there, Suzanne here, Founder of Parenting Mental Health. If you don't know me, I started PMH in 2016 after my daughter became suicidal, depressed, and anxious and I found there was little support for us as parents. I don't think I'd ever felt as desperate and alone, and I didn't want anyone else to feel like that.

3 years on and we now support, educate, and empower over 10,000 parents around the world, so they can support, educate and empower their own families, and in time, other families too.

Self care is an important part of the work we do, and I am so excited to introduce our inaugural conference, with a focus on Self Care for the Carer. ( That's you!) Join us on September 21st 2019 for a full day of talks, workshops, yummy food, and time to connect with others and perhaps most importantly, reconnect with yourself. I'm so looking forward to meeting you and sharing a powerful and peaceful day of enrichment and education together.

When I put this day together, I wanted it to be an escape of a day, just for you - a day where you could learn about your child's mental health, but also focus on your mental wellbeing too.

We've got a lovely venue in Birmingham, UK, with plenty of space for quiet chats and contemplation, coffees, and cakes ( free throughout the day!) and we're being joined by a number of amazing people who have all been affected by mental health challenges and made it their life's work to support those going through them.

Parenting a young person with mental health issues is a difficult, relentless, and often thankless task. And as you navigate your new normal, it's easy to get lost in the round of appointments, or focus on a future you can't predict. I know how it feels. I, and many others in the PMH community, have been there. So this is a day just for you - a day of education and enrichment, with engaging speakers and interesting workshops to reconnect you with you!

I'll be hosting the day and sharing how Partnering, the compassionate approach I developed to deal with my daughter's mental illness, transformed the way we communicated and connected and ultimately helped us to all come through the battle against mental illness intact. I want to share with you how we dealt with the challenges of mental illness, dealing with school ( or lack of), family and friends who didn't get it, and how to deal with the fear and uncertainty you face. After years out of education, she starts uni the week before the conference, so expect tears from me! But also heaps of insight and support into how to cope and how to keep the faith that their bright, brilliant future is around the corner.

We'll hear from the inspirational Founder of the Blurt Foundation, Jayne Hardy, who will be speaking in the morning and then running a not-to-be-missed workshop on Self Care (something we all need more of!) in the afternoon. Jayne lost most of her twenties to depression and at the height of her illness she was unable to work, leave the house or even undertake the most basic acts of self-care – she lost a tooth because she didn’t feel worthy enough to clean them. During this dark time, one of the things Jayne struggled with most was the feeling of isolation. She had cut herself off socially for fear of being a burden, and found it extremely difficult to talk to loved ones about her depression because of the great deal of shame she felt. With long waiting lists for counselling, and face-to-face support groups too daunting to attend, Jayne was left to cope with her condition alone. When Jayne founded Blurt in 2011, her chief goal was to prevent others from feeling such isolation. Having experienced first-hand the powerful connections that could be fostered via social media, Jayne deliberately focused Blurt’s activities online – providing interim support for those struggling with depression and challenging the stigma around mental health. We can't wait to hear from her about self care! ( She's written a book on it, so she knows her stuff!)

Also in the morning we have talks from Lucinda Powell, co-lead of the Oxfordshire Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing Network. Lucinda will be helping us to navigate the contentious and challenging issue of screens and our young people - she'll share the latest research and give practical strategies for managing screens at home and we can answer your questions and queries too.

Satveer Nijjar - The Self-Harm Expert - will be joining us to discuss self harm - to debunk some of the myths and to give us a deeper understanding of self harm behaviours and importantly, how to respond. At least one out of ten young people cuts, burns, or pinches themselves, or goes even further as a response to mental pain, and Satveer says that the stigma is still absolutely huge. She'll be drawing on her history of self-harm and expertise to help us all understand and begin to break the cycle.

After a delicious lunch, we'll be running 3 amazing workshops and you can go to all 3, or pick one or more and relax and regroup in our Tranquility Space.

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Tickets include all talks, workshops, a gorgeous lunch (dietary requirements catered for too) unlimited tea, coffee, soft drinks, and sweet treats throughout the day, plus a fantastic goodie bag, AND access to our post-event Facebook group to carry on the conversations with the friends you'll have made on the day.

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In addition to Jayne Hardy's self care workshop, we're so excited that Stuart Sandeman of Breathpod is joining us for a truly enlightening and transformational workshop on breathing. We breathe on average 20,000 times a day yet most of us are unaware of its incredible ability to transform the way we feel. 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dysfunctional breathing and we ALL have experiences in life that affect our breathing patterns. Stuart will be helping us break negative habits, beliefs and patterns and to move into a state of self-awareness, growth and flow, all through the power of the breath! You'll come away with a boost to your mental and emotional wellbeing, energy, confidence and focus. And the best thing is, you can take it away and use it after the day!

We're also lucky to be joined by the amazing Tanja Sharpe of Confident Hearts, who is a counsellor, therapist, and Mum of a young person with mental health challenges. Tanja is such a beautiful, empathetic soul who has walked the walk we all have and she understands the impact of caring for a young person with a mental illness from her own experiences. Tanja will be bringing her restorative and contemplative Mandala workshop to us, giving you a quiet space and support to reflect on your situation and recharge your batteries.

I'll be on hand for chats and hugs throughout the day, plus there will be time to connect with other parents going through the same kinds of challenges as you.

And don't forget tea, coffee, cake, lunch, hugs, and the best goodie bag in town, too! Oh, and a glass of fizz to celebrate ourselves and toast the new friendships we'll have made on the day.

If you're able to join us, we have a number of tickets at a discounted rate of £75, so use the Discount Code PMHSC2019 to get this price. Be quick! This discount code ends on 14th September!

Tickets include all talks, workshops, a gorgeous lunch (dietary requirements catered for too) unlimited tea, coffee, soft drinks, and sweet treats throughout the day, plus a fantastic goodie bag, AND access to our post-event Facebook group to carry on the conversations with the friends you'll have made on the day.

If you're at all concerned about coming on your own, get in touch. We're running a buddy system so we'll match you up with someone with similar challenges. You may arrive a stranger, but you'll definitely leave with a whole load of new friends, who all understand what you're facing.

I really hope to see you on 21st.

Email suzanne @ parenting mental health .com with any questions.

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Iron House

174 Great Hampton Row

#Ground Floor

Birmingham

B19 3JP

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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