On 11th January 2017, Brent, Wandsworth & Westminster Mind attended the #HeadStartLearning conference on improving young people’s mental resilience and wellbeing.
The event, held at Amnesty International Centre, presented by the Big Lottery Fund in collaboration with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is the first in a series of biennial events to take place this year.
It was attended by a wide range of mental health professionals, educational professionals, MPs and charitable organisations, provided excellent insights into the lived experience of young people suffering ill mental health and featured highly impressive presentations from young people.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge is a committed champion of issues related to children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing and was also in attendance, speaking with ambassadors and attendees about the mental health wellbeing issues faced by young people in the UK.
BWW Mind found the conference extremely insightful and would like to extend its thanks to the Dr Jess Deighton, Professor Michal Ungar, Dawn Austwick, Simon Munk, Richard Head and Neil Humphrey for their insightful contributions to the conference.
BWW Mind will use knowledge and best practice shared from the conference to inform our engagement with schools and local authorities and to help prioritise a programme of mental health wellbeing in partnership with these organisations.
Mentoring programmes in schools are a particularly effective way of increasing young people’s mental wellbeing, although such programmes do not currently form part of the curriculum. BWW Mind hopes to work more closely with schools over the coming years to help emphasise the importance of good mental wellbeing and to support schools in engaging students in how they can look after their mental health.
You can read the insights of the #HeadStart research and findings on the UCL website : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/evidence-based-practice-unit/headstart-learning-teama.