The government’s pledge of £1.3bn to improve children and young people’s mental health shows just how high young peoples’ mental health is on everyone’s agenda. Mental health matters to the whole family; approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents.1 Parental mental illness can increase the risk of mental health issues in childhood and adolescence.2 This essential conference will address the question of how you can effectively support families in developing their resilience.
The morning features expert speakers, both professionals and those with lived experience, exploring parental mental health. In the afternoon, you’ll hear from inspiring young people sharing their stories on topics such as being in gangs and trauma. Our panel will discuss their innovative approaches to supporting young people vulnerable to mental health problems.
Please note that the programme is subject to change
Confirmed speakers (we’ll update you as more are confirmed)
Angela Style- Director, Maternal Mental Health Alliance
Angela joined the MMHA as Director of Development in January 2016. She has over fifteen years’ experience working for charities including Diabetes UK, Save the Children and Family and Childcare Trust. Angela is currently Chair of Endometriosis and a trustee of Art Against Knives.
Camilla Rosan - Programme Lead, Children and Young People at the Mental Health Foundation
Camilla Rosan is a chartered clinical psychologist and couple therapist by background and has been leading the families, children and young people's programme of work at the Mental Health Foundation since June 2016.
Camilla has held a range of therapeutic roles relating to perinatal, family and young people's mental health across her career. She has specific therapeutic training in video-feedback for positive parenting (ViPP-SD), cognitive behavioural therapy, compassion-focused approaches, emotion-focused couples therapy and mindfulness.
Camilla retains an honorary clinical academic post at Imperial College London in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit and has published extensively in peer-review journals, therapy manuals, book chapters, policy reports and national guidelines.
Kat Cormack – public speaker on mental health
Kat Cormack is a service user and a public speaker on mental health (including her own). She works for Kooth, an award-winning digital mental health service for young people. She’s devoted herself to reducing the stigma around mental health. She also has a wealth of experience in training young people and professionals through her work with YoungMinds, The Mix and the NHS.
Sarah Cresswell – The Children’s Society
Sarah Cresswell is the manager of PAUSE, part of Birmingham’s Forward Thinking services. PAUSE is an innovative drop in service for anyone under the age of 25. Its cool, bright space in the city centre provides a relaxing and welcoming environment for young people who are feeling anxious and low. Trained counsellors, youth workers and therapists are on hand for anybody who needs help coping, or who just wants to get things off their chest. PAUSE also runs workshops and groups for families alongside their drop in sessions.
Anne-Marie Douglas – CEO, Peer Power
Having extensive experience working with children and young people services across statutory and voluntary sectors, Anne-Marie is passionate about positive changes to support excluded children and young people. Her work is underpinned by a belief in supporting individual choice, the importance of empathy, nurturing, and a person-centred therapeutic approach.
Peer Power is a social justice charity that is rooted in the promotion of empathy. Their work supports the most vulnerable children and young people in society; those impacted by adverse childhood experiences, including abuse, trauma, rejection and loss, those most excluded and not heard in society, and often with experience of social care and youth justice agencies.
Claudia Kempinska-Hill – psychodynamic therapist
Claudia Kempinska-Hill is an experienced psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, working with adults and young people, with a variety of presenting issues on both a time-limited and open-ended basis. She works both individually and in groups, in various settings. Claudia is also a qualified teacher who has set up and managed counselling within schools.
- Hear about innovative ways of supporting mental health in the family
- Find out more about adolescent mental health and ways of engaging children and young people
- Learn practical tips on support families that they can take back to their place of work
Who should attend:
- Parenting and family practitioners
- Children's centre workers
- Families services officers
- Commissioners of children and family services
- Social workers
- Directors of children's services
- Youth workers
- Youth engagement teams
How to book
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1. Royal College of Psychiatrists. (2016). Parental mental illness: The impact on children and adolescents. Information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people. Retrieved from rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/parentsandyouthinfo/parentscarers/parentalmentalillness.aspx
2. British Medical Journal. (2014) One-third of children of parents with severe mental illness are at risk of developing severe mental illness Retrieved from http://ebmh.bmj.com/content/17/3/73