Invisible Struggles - Youth Mental Health Conference
Invisible Struggles - Youth Mental Health Conference

Invisible Struggles - Youth Mental Health Conference

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Kensington Town Hall

Hornton Street


W8 7NX

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We believe that everyone is an asset and that by working together we can transform the support that young people receive for their mental health. 

Rethink Mental Illness, No Bounds, MIND, Time To Change and NWL C CCG will all be sharing information about volunteering opportunities and how you can get involved in their work. 

The event is for young people aged 16-25 years old, hosted by Jonny Benjamin and Hussain Manawer. There will be lots of workshops to provide you with information, tools, opportunites to share your stories, learn new skills and feed into the transformation of mental health services. 

You are invited to Invisible Struggles – Youth Mental Health Conference

What is included:

  • Two course meal
  • Special guest performances by Jonny Benjamin and Hussain Manawer 
  • Interactive workshops
  • Freebies & goodie bags

What you can gain: 

  • Volunteering and campaigning opportunities
  • Resilience building tools
  • Understanding of local services and support 
  • Networking with like minded individuals
  • Direct influence into the local transformation plans of children and adolescent mental health services 

The conference will include a choice of two workshops. Once you have selected your first workshop ticket, please email with your name, D.O.B, address and choice of second workshop. 

If you do not select a second workshop by the 26th of October, you will randomly be allocated a workshop based on availability. 

                                                            Workshop Descriptions

Digital Focus Group


No one can deny the emergence of digital communication in modern culture. As a result of the digital revolution, more and more health organisations are developing their own apps and websites to help provide better quality services. However, how many of these apps and websites are actually useful? This workshop gives you the opportunity to evaluate and review existing digital apps and services. The workshop will include an in depth discussion on what you find helpful, and what you did not. We will then work shop  ideas on what could be improved or changed. All of your ideas and suggestions will be fed back directly to NHS commissioners who will use it as their blue print for future digital developments.



Step-up Transitions


This workshop is co-designed and co-delivered by Step Up:Transitions champions. Step Up: Transitions is a collective of professionals and young people with lived experience who co-produce and deliver trainings across London for 16-25 year olds. We use real life experiences to create activities, tools and resources that encourage a more prepared, resourceful and resilient approach to dealing with mental health in times of change. Expect to meet passionate young people who want to share their tools and tips on increasing your resilience through inter active activity.


Well-Being Through Art


Words can have a powerful impact on those hearing or reading them. Words can also have a powerful effect on the person creating them. Poetry, story telling, lyricism and other forms of writing have long been known to be a great way to express ones self. It empowers us to tell our story, express our feelings, and/or convey a message. There has been a long link between the positive effect of telling our stories and building mental health resilience. We are collaborating with No Bounds to bring a workshop on how you can express your personal story through lyricism and poetry. This will include a lesson on how to structure your words to convey your message, examples of completed work, and a chance to create something yourself. All those attending the workshop will also be given the opportunity to submit their work to I Am Hip Hop for a chance to have their work published in a print magazine! “The pen is mightier than the sword,”


No Bounds is youth lead charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty, crime and discrimination by applying a holistic approach to change. One of its most popular projects is a music culture magazine titled I Am Hip-Hop. All of the content the magazine publishes has been written, created & designed by young volunteers. No Bounds offers a platform for young people to express their emotions, opinions and narrative. As well as a chance to simultaneously gain important media skills, experience and contacts.


Mental Health Awareness


This workshop is a safe space to better understand mental health and mental illness. The workshop will include discussion and inter active activity, delivered by Rethink MI young champions and staff who will share their own journeys of getting support for their mental health. The workshop will be an opportunity to explore and understand the effects of stigma and discrimination on people’s mental health and how mental health difficulties can manifest in day to day interactions. The workshop also aims to give you more information on where to find key sources of information on mental health and mental illness.

                                                            A little bit about our hosts

Jonny Benjamin

Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger from London.

At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar. He later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have since been watched by hundreds of thousands of people. In January 2014 he launched a social media campaign called ‘Find Mike' to search for the stranger who talked him out of taking his own life in 2008. The purpose of the campaign was to raise awareness of suicide and mental illness. It went viral and received global media attention. Within just two weeks Jonny found the stranger he was looking for. The story of the campaign was made into a documentary film that was which was broadcast on channel 4.

Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. 

Hussain Manawer

Hussain Manawer is a campaigner, social entrepreneur, poet, mental health spokesman and astronaut in training. Originating from East London, he has been described as "the voice of a generation" by Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan. 

 In 2015 Hussain was the winner of the Kruger Crowne Rising Star competition with a powerful spoken word performance. He beat thousands of applicants to gain the chance to travel into space in 2018. Hussain has since utilised his platform to speak on many important social issues such as mental health on mediums like Ted Talks and his own YouTube channel called “Hussain’s House.”

His videos have been viewed tens of thousands of times and have helped raise awareness and reduce stigma around getting young people talking about mental health.

If you have any dietary or access needs please let us know in advance by emailing or call 0207 840 3018

Please note that tickets are limited and admission is strictly ticket only. 


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