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
TBC Chair – Joan Fraser, Edinburgh Voluntary Organisation’s Council Convenor and Chair of EVOC Children, Young People and Families Network
Welcome: Cllr Norman Work, Carers Champion, City of Edinburgh Council
Presentation: World café findings of young carers talking about their mental health in Salford
TBC Dr Sue McAndrew, Reader (Mental Health), University of Salford
Presentation: What young carers want professionals to know about their mental health and how to respond well
Dr Carole Kelly, Chief Executive, Positive Realities
Presentation: My experiences of mental health and emotional wellbeing
TBC Young Carer and worker
Questions and discussion
12:00 to 13:00 Lunch - Laughter yoga taster session (optional) 1230 to 1250
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: Ways to support the mental health needs of young carers
TBC Margaret Murphy, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Young Carers
Presentation: How Mental Health First Aid training can help young carers (?Title TBC)
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: Speak Your Mind: Scottish Youth Parliament campaign on Young People’s Mental Health
TBC Ben McKendrick, Chief Executive, Youth Parliament
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!