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Young Minds in Crisis: Avenues and Alternatives - Where Do We Go From Here?

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Jane and Debbie are both mothers to young adults who have experienced significant issues with their mental health, and have fought with and for their children through the years in increasingly difficult times.

Both also work in supporting mental health, and dropped into each others' lives at a time when they individually felt that something must be done to prevent the epidemic slide of our young people into the nightmare of suffering that now affects children as young as those in the early stages of primary education.

This inaugural conference is the result of that first conversation over coffee!

What?

The conference aims to bring together mental health and medical professionals, parents, carers, students, and even young people themselves to look at wider causes and issues, plus specifically take a look at what is happening here, and what needs to change.

Early bird ticket prices are available until July 15th - certificates will be available for professional CPD. Please email if you require a separate invoice. The ticket price includes refreshments and a delicious lunch.

Profits are to be split between The Zone and The Invictus Trust - the fundraising aspect is an important one for Jane and Debbie, as is the mood food-themed lunch designed by Jane along with the Creative Art School's fabulously inventive chef, Jake!

Please feel free to share as widely as possible - we'd love this to be sold out and a huge success, create real change, and make it an annual event that instigates tanglible improvements for young people in Plymouth and their loved ones.


How?

So, what questions and concerns do we need to start exploring as a collective of adults striving to bring the next generation into the world, happy, confident and ultimately successful on their chosen path? During the day, we hope to address such questions as these:

- What is going wrong to create such high numbers of increasingly young children suffering?

- How do we not just halt the avalanche, but prevent children experiencing mental health issues at all?

- What particularly is happening in Plymouth, what do we want decision makers, health service commissioners and Government to know, and more importantly, what do we want them to take action on?

- What other avenues are there for helping our children besides conventional medication and therapies?

- What alternative modalities could we be using to help?

The conference will take the form of a combination of keynote speakers, a choice of workshop sessions, and a round table session to create an action plan for change in Plymouth.

Join us and be part of the change we all need to see!


Who?

The content of the day is likely to expand over the coming weeks, but here is a taste of what and who you will see and hear:

Key note speakers:

- Sharon Cowburn, co-founder and director of The Invictus Trust

- Mike Jarman, CEO of The Zone

- Debbie Humberstone, founder of The Project in Axminster


Workshops:

Attendees will have the chance to attend two of these six diverse sessions:

Emotional Logic - Christiaan Stirling and Trevor Griffiths. The Emotional Logic Centre, a UK registered charity based in Ivybridge, helps people of all ages to adjust constructively to change, disappointments and setbacks. Emotional Logic teaches that all our unpleasant emotions make sense and have useful purposes as parts of a single process of adjusting to losses hidden within change. By understanding how our emotions can be turned in partnership with reason to recover the things we value and have lost, the full range of emotions can be harnessed to build relationships around what is stated to be important.

Our aim is to re-humanise organisations and family life by helping people to cooperate better with emotional honesty. Then tension or distress will not build up within, to the point where it bursts out as socially disruptive behaviour or mental illnesses. Emotional Logic provides the conversational skills that can get life moving again with others when people feel stuck. It is much more than 'emotion regulation'. It liberates a way forward having become mindful, by adding greater self-respect, empathy and a capacity to make wise decisions. This builds a stronger personal identity, and a more enduring approach to relationships.

Resilience and Youth Empowerment - Miguel Dean, youth worker, author, and speaker. In this workshop he will share the wisdom and tools that he has discovered that can act as facilitation and a catalyst to enabling resilience and empowering young people.

His work is grounded in love, compassion and a deep spirituality which has arisen from his own journey from a challenging start to life which led to the descent into crime, drugs, violence and homelessness. His ascent and journey back home to the heart is facilitated by his calling to do what he can to empower our young people in the challenging climate that often appears to be all pervading.

Brain Development and Potential - Mike Beard, therapeutic educator, speaker, and facilitator specialising in neuroscience, psychology and learning theory. Young people today face a rapidly and ever-changing future; for example, it’s hard to believe that just 13 years ago, we were all unaware of something called ‘Facebook’.

Some estimates predict that children today can expect to hold up to 40 different jobs in ten completely different career paths over their working lifetime. Other estimates suggest that between 30% and 80% of all the jobs that exist at present will disappear over the next 10 to 20 years, as they are replaced by smart software, automation and robots.

Given this huge rate of change - and the fact that our ‘biology’ as a human being hasn’t really changed much over the past 10,000 years - it’s perhaps no wonder that people (and increasingly, young people) struggle.

This workshop will look at the ‘bit between the ears’ that is the adolescent brain, some of the challenges - and opportunities - that exist for young people as they grow, and how we can best support and scaffold their learning and development into adulthood.

The Autistic Spectrum and Mental Health - Tara Vassallo. The elevated risk associated with being on the spectrum, and how to address issues that increase that risk. Tara is a university lecturer and researcher in autism and mum to one teenage son on the spectrum. She has spent more than ten years studying autism spectrum conditions and is a qualified behavioural support teacher and a trained parent therapist. Tara is an active campaigner for equity, improved life chances and a better future for children, adults and families living with autism.

Nutrition and Diet for Mental Health - Jane Hutton, functional nutritionist and chef - the crucial links between what and how you eat and the impact on mood, concentration, focus and more serious mental health disruption.

Our brains need to be happy for us to be happy; a mental health diet focus can make the difference. The brain is an incredible organ, controlling everything we do, whether we’re conscious of its workings or not. This session outlines the basic considerations when looking at ways of ensuring the best environment for optimum functioning and a happy brain, including specific issues like anxiety, focus, motivation and depression.

Oral Health in Mental Health - Fran Marriott, experienced GDC registered Dental Hygienist within Special Care Dental services addressing complex health and social care needs. The two most common dental diseases are largely preventable - not inevitable. As an experienced GDC registered dental hygienist (GDC 1795), Fran knows improving public responsibility ie 'Response Ability' to dental disease is key to overall health and wellbeing.

Building on insight of the uniqueness of 'person centred care' and how poor oral health impacts on the whole person and, indeed, overall social functioning, Fran continues to provide an additional 'entry point' for people to meet a dental professional on a totally 'non-clinical' basis. Her interest areas include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Nutrition and Health.

PLEASE NOTE: workshops and facilitators may be changed or unable to be run due to circumstances beyond our control. You will be asked to specify your choices in order of preference after booking, and will be allocated sessions according to session availability and on a first come, first served basis until sessions are full.

Round Table Action Planning for Real Change in Plymouth!

An afternoon session of action planning for instigating change:

Round Table action-planning discussion to be facilitated by Johnny Mercer, MP - the outcomes will be collated and go to decision makers locally and nationally. Be part of the change by making YOUR voice, experience and ideas known - we need to get together as professionals, parents, carers and change makers to focus on what is really happening and what really matters!



Certificates will be available for professional CPD. Please email if you require a separate invoice.

Please feel free to share as widely as possible - we'd love this to be sold out and a huge success, create real change, and make it an annual event that instigates tanglible improvements for young people in Plymouth and their loved ones.


REFUNDS: Please note that as this is an event with significant costs, and is also a fundraiser, we are asking attendees to understand the No Refunds policy from September 4th when all costs have to be confirmed - if you cannot attend, but can transfer your ticket, we are happy to accommodate that. We will be recording keynote pseakers and some workshop sessions, so CPD certificates can still be issued if professionals are taken ill and unable to attend the day.


Thank you to Plymouth School of Creative Art's Mick Willetts for working with us on the right conference space, and their fabulous chef, Jake McCabe, for working with us on a lunch menu that supports mental health, focus, concentration, energy release and brain function - food is the foundation of health, and Jake embraces that as much as we do!

Here's what delegates will be treated to for lunch:

Wraps

Coconut Oil Grilled Chicken Wraps with Lettuce, Shaved Carrot in a Caeser Salad Dressing. (meat option)

Roasted Red Pepper, Sweet Potato and Garlic Hummus Wraps. (vegetarian option)

Served with:

Norwegian Salad (Honeydew Mellon, Red Onions, Mint, Feta Cheese Lime juice and zest)

Mediterranean Couscous.

Various Vinaigrettes

Chopped Beetroot

Homemade Coleslaw

Red Pepper Hummus

Pea Guacamole

Vegetable Paella


Thank you to our amazing sponsors, demonstrating their commitment to young people and their mental health:

Livewell Southwest: https://livewellsouthwest.co.uk

The China Fleet Country Club https://www.china-fleet.co.uk

If your organisation would like to sponsor a workshop, meaning more of the proceeds go to the charities, do please get in touch via the contact details below!


Keynote Speakers

Sharon Cowburn's story is one which deeply touched us as parents and also as mental health campaigners. Sharon and her family stirred a movement and successfully facilitated action for an improvement in services for young people's mental health in Cornwall.

Sharon Cowburn has always worked in Education and is currently MD of Flying Start Nurseries (SW) Ltd., which she and her husband set up almost 25 years ago, when they had 4 children under 5!

Following the tragic death of her twin son Ben at Christmas 2010, aged just 18 years old, Sharon and her family set up the Invictus Trust. Horrified by the total lack of appropriate services and support for young people struggling with poor mental health, the Cowburns set out to make a big noise and draw attention to what they considered a disgrace!

6 years on, following a highly political campaign, £5 million has been allocated to build Cornwall's first Adolescent Mental Health unit. Invictus Trust are involved in the design and staffing of that unit, hoping to make it truly fit for purpose. Training and workshops that Sharon organises are helping to get the mental health conversation going and hopefully remove stigma and many parents have been supported both emotionally and financially whilst their young people are ill.

http://www.invictustrust.co.uk

Mike Jarman is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ‘The Zone’ in Plymouth, the city’s largest non-statutory provider of youth services, with provision spanning early intervention in mental health for psychosis and personality disorder, counselling for victims of crime, homelessness prevention, sexual health and targeted outreach. The Zone works with approximately 10% of the Plymouth population aged 13-25 years on an annual basis, many from the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods. Prior to working at The Zone Mike was a specialist commissioner within Public Health, and before that he managed a not-for-profit dance-theatre company in Greece.

https://www.thezoneplymouth.co.uk

Debbie Humberstone is the founder of The Project in Axminster. The Project is a peer support network that has been set up to support young people age 13-24 with mental health issues, and their parents and carers. Based in Axminster and Chard, this is a free service open to young people and their parents and carers from across East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset. Debbie's daughter experienced severe mental health issues, prompting her to set up The |Project to help youngsters and their loved ones.

http://theprojectyp.org.uk/about/


Workshop Facilitators


Miguel Dean

Miguel Dean is an independent youth worker who has been working in the field of youth empowerment for the last 20 years. He has worked with homeless youth, in further education and with young carers. More recently he has led youth empowerment projects of an intergenerational nature and using public speaking as a medium to empower young people through self-expression, raising esteem and the development of essential life skills. Miguel is an inspirational speaker that talks in schools, colleges and universities. He also works with youth and parents who are suffering as a result of drug abuse and other behaviours under the mental health umbrella.

His work is grounded in love, compassion and a deep spirituality which has arisen from his own journey from a challenging start to life which led to the descent into crime, drugs, violence and homelessness. His ascent and journey back home to the heart is facilitated by his calling to do what he can to empower our young people in the challenging climate that often appears to be all pervading.

‘Society grows great when old men (and women) plant trees in whose shade they know they shall not sit.’ Greek proverb

In this workshop he will share the wisdom and tools that he has discovered that can act as facilitation and a catalyst to enabling resilience and empowering young people. If you would like to be inspired, moved and empowered then some time with Miguel is highly recommended.

Miguel is the author of ‘Stepping Stones in the Mist – life lessons for overcoming adversity’ which is an autobiographical self-help book for youth and adults.

You can find out more about Miguel @ www.migueldean.net


Mike Beard

Mike is Deputy Head at Plymouth School of Creative Arts (PSCA), a 4-16 mainstream city-centre all through school, sponsored by Plymouth College of Art.

In Mike’s words, ‘The school’s purpose is Creating Individuals, Making Futures, and is all about the transformation of students’ lives and their life opportunities. We intend that our students will achieve both the academic qualifications and the ‘21st century skills’ (the knowledge, skills, work habits and character traits) they will need to be successful in today’s world. We want our students to be the best they can be; young people who are creative, confident, critical and resilient thinkers, able to contribute positively to the world in which they live’.

Mike has previously developed, delivered and directed therapeutic services for a specialist residential facility for young people. He also worked as part of the Personal, Social and Health Education team within Devon, where his work focused on the development and delivery of training for health and education professionals working with vulnerable young children. He has worked as a psychological therapist with children and adults of all ages, through an approach drawn from neuroscience, psychology and learning theory. Mike is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Tara Vassallo

Tara is a university lecturer and researcher in autism and mum to one teenage son on the spectrum. She has spent more than ten years studying autism spectrum conditions and is a qualified behavioural support teacher and a trained parent therapist. Tara is an active campaigner for equity, improved life chances and a better future for children, adults and families living with autism.

Christiaan Stirling and Trevor Griffiths - Emotional Logic

Christiaan Stirling has over twenty years’ experience working in Primary Schools in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall, including as a Head Teacher, and as a co-opted Governor of a large secondary school. He has experience in working with families and supporting children who are disaffected at school or at risk of exclusion. He now has joined the Emotional Logic Centre team three days a week as joint Lead of our schools programme to promote mental health and social well-being. Christiaan facilitates Emotional Logic training for school staff, and mentoring for young people and families, in schools throughout Devon, Cornwall and in other parts of the UK.

Trevor Griffiths was a GP with an interest in family medicine and mental health for twenty-five years. He developed the Emotional Logic lifelong learning method as an alternative approach to counselling therapy or medication to help people adjust better to disappointments, setbacks and hurts during times of change. For the last twelve years he has worked full-time in UK and internationally to promote Emotional Logic's use in schools, healthcare and community pastoral care and befriending. The method has been translated into several languages, but now Trevor is concentrating on making Emotional Logic widely accessible to help the deteriorating health situation in the UK.

https://www.emotionallogiccentre.org.uk

Jane Hutton

Jane Hutton is a holistic functional nutritionist, food and health writer, educator, and chef with a driving ambition to help people reach, and maintain, vibrant all round health by making nutritious, delicious food a daily habit as natural as brushing their teeth.

A lifetime love of good food and cooking combines with two decades of functional medicine and nutrition knowledge to create a way of returning to real food in a modern way, promoting real health, delicious meals and local produce – the art of functional food from The Functional Foodie.

Jane specialises in specific nutrition for mental health disruptions, ME/chronic fatigue, cancer recovery, autoimmune disorders, gut issues, hormones, ASD diet changes and reaching your happy weight. Oh, and delicious food!

http://www.trinityholistics.co.uk

https://www.functional-foodie.com


Frances Marriott RDH (GDC 1795) MRSPH Cert Ed Independent Oral Health Educator

After qualifying as a Dental Hygienist in 1978 (Womens Royal Naval Service) Fran spent many years working in both health and education settings home and abroad. She became an accredited training provider for the National Examining Board for Dental Nurses and delivered the post registration qualification 'Certificate in Oral Health Education' for ten years.

She is co-author of a study guide/revision book for registered Dental Care Professionals and maintains continual professional development via inter-professional /agency networking. Her previous roles have included Tobacco Control Advisor (Stop Smoking Services) and Oral Health Co-ordinator for a local NHS Trust. It is however, her experience within NHS Special Care Dental Services caring for people with complex health and social needs which remains particularly important to her. In 2005, Fran had to retire from clinical practice due to disability and, although a difficult time personally, this proved to be the catalyst for her to 'do dentistry differently'.

Building on insight of the uniqueness of 'person centred care' and how poor oral health impacts on the whole person and, indeed, overall social functioning she applied for a place on Lloyds Banking Group School Social Entrepreneur Programme (2013 - 2014) with her project titled 'Oral health is a right, not a privilege! As an Independent Oral Health Educator, Fran continues to provide an additional 'entry point' for people to meet a dental professional on a totally 'non-clinical' basis. Her interest areas include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Nutrition and Health.

An experienced dental hygienist (GDC 1795) who has provided oral health care and advice for many young people with health and social needs (Young Parents, NEET, LAC). Fran will discuss the impact of poor oral health on general health and wellbeing and overall social functioning. Now working as an Independent Oral Health Educator, in a totally non-clinical setting, she provides 'top tips' for better oral health in a common sense style. There will be no looking in mouths.


Action Planning Round Table Session Facilitator: Johhny Mercer MP

Born in Kent and raised with his seven siblings by two working parents, Johnny learned early on in his life the vital qualities of teamwork, dedication and perseverance. He achieved ‘average’ results at school, where he spent more time on the sports field than in the classroom. Being part of a large working family and contributing to the family home meant that employment and not university beckoned, and Johnny worked as an intern in the financial sector of the City of London. From a military family, and with three brothers in the Royal Navy, Johnny could only resist the allure of the military for so long. He elected for the Army over the Royal Navy and subsequently graduated from Sandhurst in 2002. He served from the tactical to the strategic level throughout a career across the globe, including multiple combat operations.

Johnny lives with his wife Felicity who he met at school, and his two young children. It was a simple desire to improve the community in which his children are growing up in that initially attracted him into politics. He resents inequality and prejudice, and resolved that the best way to change it was to put himself forward. In October 2013 Johnny was selected by the Conservative Party to fight his local marginal seat of Plymouth Moor View, and won the seat in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.

Johnny serves on the Defence Select Committee and has recently been appointed to the Health Select Committee. He also holds the position of Vice-Chair on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Disability and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Veterans. Johnny speaks regularly in Parliament on the subjects of defence, veterans care and mental health.

http://www.johnnyforplymouth.co.uk


REFUNDS: Please note that as this is an event with significant costs, and is also a fundraiser, we are asking attendees to understand the No Refunds policy from September 4th when all costs have to be confirmed - if you cannot attend, but can transfer your ticket, we are happy to accommodate that. We will be recording keynote pseakers and some workshop sessions, so CPD certificates can still be issued if professionals are taken ill and unable to attend the day.

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