Youth Mental Health: a free one-day conference to enhance staff understanding, skills and confidence.
A day of sharing ideas, making connections, learning about resources and breaking down mental health stigma for anyone working with children and young people. Kindly hosted by Framwellgate School and funded by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Health Education England.
8.30am: Registration, coffee and networking
9am: Chair’s Introduction and aspirations – Dr Pooky Knightsmith
9:15: Universal Mental Health Skills for Secondary Pupils - Natasha Devon
10:15: Q&A and action planning
10.30: Coffee & networking
11.00: When to worry - recognising and responding to warning signs – Rachel Welch
11.45: Listening well when time is short – Pooky Knightsmith
1pm: Case Study School – Wendy Minhinnett
1.45: Q&A and action planning
2.15: Practical steps to promoting positive mental health - Ian MacDonald
3pm: Q&A and action planning
3.15: Chair’s reflections and calls to action
3:30-4pm Informal networking for those who wish to stay
Chair: Dr Pooky Knightsmith - @PookyH
Pooky is the director of the Children, Young People and Schools Programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
Keynote: Natasha Devon MBE - @NatashaDevonMBE
Former Mental Health Champion, Department for Education and Founder, Self-Esteem Team.
Session Lead: Rachel Welch - @RachelWelch
Rachel has been Director of Self Harm UK, and is founder of Freedom From Harm. She has a BA Hons Degree in Childhood and Youth, with a focus on Mental Health, and developed Alumina, an online pro-recovery programme for 14-18 year-olds. Rachel is one of the CWMT training team.
Case Study School: Wendy Minhinnett
Wendy will share her own experiences, and those of others with children who have suffered with mental health issues and give a first-hand account of ups and downs of the journey. She will consider the role of schools when working with parents and young people who are facing mental health challenges. Wendy works with schools to promote pupil wellbeing and runs support groups for parents.
Session Lead: Ian MacDonald - @IanA_Mac
Ian has held various roles in public health including Healthy Schools, You’re Welcome, substance misuse services and HeadStart. Ian is one of the CWMT training team.