In the final weeks leading up to the Youth in Mind conference, as we were printing speeches, name badges, stall plans and schedules, I really began to get a sense of the shape and spirit of the event. But nothing quite compared to the feeling on the day as people began to arrive and the event that we have been planning for a whole year, finally took shape in front of my eyes. At that point, it was with great satisfaction that I stepped back to observe the day unfold. I felt INSPIRED by people’s faces as they were moved during keynote speeches, I witnessed CONNECTIONS being forged and deepened as I saw people coming together in the exhibition hall and I listened to passionate delegates often brimming with new found information and interest that they had LEARNT from our workshop leaders.

These words INSPIRE, CONNECT and LEARN are a fitting summary of what we wanted to achieve and offer when planning the event.

INSPIRE

Youth in Mind - Andrea King

Andrea King leading the panel discussion

anyone working with children and young people to bring about change in their setting to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the people they work with

Our wonderful Equality Panel Chair, Andrea King, opened her speech by stating that to fully support children and young people, we need to engage both our HEAD and our HEART. Mental health goes beyond statistical probability and formula and right to the core of who we are as individuals. The performance of Pipeline by Mandala Theatre Company certainly moved me to consider the individual complexity of the mental health challenges affecting young people who have experienced trauma and who go on to be groomed into gang life. There was a great deal of compelling content in the main hall, which is why we asked all delegates to really engage with what had affected them on the day and to consider making a personal pledge for the improvement of mental health. You can tell us about your pledge in the feedback survey.

“This is an amazing conference, so upbeat and positive. I came last year and found this year even better.”

CONNECT

Youth in Mind - Connect

Delegates connecting in the exhibition hall

with other people working in the sector to bring about joined up working, partnerships and innovative collaborations

As our CEO, Jodie Lloyd-Jones said in her opening address, “Mental Health is everybody’s business.”

Our buzzing exhibition hall was a space where delegates could feel relaxed and to grab a coffee and walk around over 60 stalls, making new connections, learning from fellow professionals in the sector and sharing their own expertise while knowing that they are all working towards a common goal of mental health for all. We were also fortunate to have the creative wellbeing space where many people took time to connect inwardly with themselves. This is such a vital piece of the welling puzzle, and we are so grateful to Ark T for providing inspiring and thoughtful activities to support delegates to connect in this more reflective way.

“A great, inspiring and thought-provoking day with plenty of opportunities to connect and network with other organisations.”

LEARN

Youth in Mind - Workshop

Restorative approach workshop

how to best support the needs of the people that you work with, from children and their families to colleagues and support staff

One down side to this day for me is that I do not get to attend any of the workshops, I create a schedule of my dream CPD day out and then miss it all! Fortunately, we have many the workshop presentations and materials available online, so everyone can access them whether or not they were actually able to attend them.

View/download workshop resources 

I loved hearing from delegates about what new nugget of information they learnt from our many experienced facilitators. The varied programme of workshops offered something for everyone, from an early years setting to working with teenagers in a Pupil Referral Unit. It is always our aim to provide top quality facilitators who can bring new light to our work and support everyone attending to take away something useful to apply in their setting. We always want our workshops to be relevant to all of our delegates, so please make sure that you have completed your feedback form where we also ask about what workshops you would like to see on the schedule for Youth in Mind 2021!

“A great event, bringing so many diverse organisations together to discuss young people’s mental health.”