Positive Realities are organising a number of linked events to coincide with the UK Children's Mental Health Week in February 2017 to highlight the mental health issues faced by young people, particularly those with caring responsibilities or living with a sibling with additional support needs. This event is targeted at professionals aiming to increase awareness of mental health issues faced by young carers, hear about relevant initiatives available to support the mental health of young carers and how professionals can improve their skills in this area. 'Relax and recharge' events will be held prior to the day for young carers themselves with views expressed at these events informing the content of the event advertised here.
The day will feature a range of speakers including Carole Kelly, CEO of Positive Realities and Seamus Prior, Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Edinburgh University and also young carers themselves.
The agenda for the day is currently:
09:30 to 10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00 – 12:00 Session one: Mental health issues faced by young carers
Welcome: Cllr Norman Work, Carers Champion, City of Edinburgh Council
Chair – Joan Fraser, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisation’s Council Convenor and Chair of EVOC Children, Young People and Families Network
Presentation: Careful Minding: Mindful Caring: Looking after the mental health of young people who take on the caring role
Dr Sue McAndrew, Reader (Mental Health), University of Salford
Presentation: What young carers want professionals to know about their mental health
Dr Carole Kelly, Chief Executive, Positive Realities
Presentation: What we know about young people and mental health
Questions and discussion
12:00 to 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Session two: Responding to mental health needs of young carers
Chair – Hawys Kilday, Assistant Director Children's Services (South East), Barnardo’s Scotland
Presentation: Supporting young carers in practice
Kirsty Maguda and Lois Ratcliffe, Edinburgh Young Carers
Presentation: How Mental Health First Aid training can help young carers
Seamus Prior, Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Edinburgh
Questions and discussion
14:00 - 15:00 Session three: Towards an agenda for action
Presentation: Recent research into the impact of caring
Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland
Discussion: What actions should be prioritised locally and nationally to ensure mental health support is available for, and accessed by, young carers? Who can take this forward?
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Tickets are priced at £18 but there are a limited number of discounted tickets for small voluntary organisations (income less than £100,000 pa). Please contact Susan on 07766 058554 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We look forward to seeing you!