We did it!

We managed to get over 500 people to join us at the Kings Centre in Oxford on the 27th March 2019 to talk about children and young people’s mental health. We (Oxfordshire Youth and Oxfordshire Mind) are very proud to have coordinated this event.

We wanted to create a space where all providers of services for children and young people could come together to learn and collaborate and provide a space where we could showcase some of the innovative approaches that different organisations have to meet the needs of children and young people in the county.

Youth in Mind Cotswold Hall I felt a huge amount of pride as I walked around the Cotswold Hall and saw Oxfordshire’s youth sector represented in such a way. We are fortunate to work with the amazing diversity of youth clubs and organisations who work with young people every day. One of the exciting things about Youth in Mind was seeing over 200 schools, 200 public sector, and 100 third sector all sharing one space, all with the same passion for children and young people.

Our key messages for the day were:

  • mental health is everyone’s business – everyone has a contribution to make
  • Collaboration and partnerships of services is essential in supporting Children & Young People’s mental health
  • Prevention and early intervention is essential to instilling positive wellbeing and ways to keep well.

To top it all off the young people involved were amazing!  Pupils from glorious Aureus school not only opened the event with an inspiring talk and a mindfulness exercise, they ran the whole day. The chimes of the school bells they rung informed the delegates of when they had to move onto their workshops. They did such a good job. The film made by Sadie Rees about her story of mental illness was courageous and inspiring and we are honoured that she shared her story with us, plus Paris who presented on stage with Lucy Butler, who offered us great insight into her views around bringing animals into children’s lives to aid better wellbeing. All of the young people should be very proud of their involvement and we are very grateful for their support.

Youth in Mind conference hallIt was inspiring to see so many people in Oxfordshire keen to address children and young people’s mental health and we hope that this is the beginning of cross collaboration events and networking around children and young people’s services. We have had so many encouraging emails and posts on social media about the event.

Another celebrated feature of the conference was the launch of the Youth in Mind MAP, with county wide information about voluntary sector services and groups that support the wellbeing of children and young people as well as key statutory service contacts. You can find the electronic version here

We would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed whether you funded, presented, delivered a workshop, introduced partners, shared the event adverts, or attended on the day. We are very grateful to you all. Thank you for doing the work that you do and we look forward to seeing you all at the Youth in Mind conference next year.

Upcoming events

Children and Young People’s Forum
Tuesday 9th April, 10:30-12:30 – Marmalade
Thursday 23rd May, 10:30-12:30 – further details to be released soon

An Introduction to Children and Young People’s Mental Health Training
Wednesday 12th June, 09:30-17:00

Annual Youth Work Conference November 2019 – Further information to be released soon

A massive thank you to all involved

Professor Mina Fazel – Oxford University Department of Psychiatry
Lucy Butler- Director of Children’s Services at Oxfordshire County Council
Lajla Johannson – Senior Commissioning Manager, Clinical Commissioning Group
Andrea Shand (CAMHs), Lajla Johansson (CCG), Donna Husband (Public Health), John McLaughlin (Response) & Maria Godfrey (OCC) speaking about CAMHs and cross partnership working to meet the needs of C&YP in Oxfordshire.

Quick fire presentations – walking through the years 0 – 25
0 – 5 OXPIP
5-11 One Eighty
12-18 Oxfordshire Youth
19+ Oxfordshire Mind

Key features
Aureus School
Richard Veneables – The High Sheriff of Oxfordshire
Body Politic dance piece – Father Figurine
Sadie Rees – Film ‘Through your eyes’
Chelsea Birkby – comedian


  1. A Sense of Self in the Early Years: Building a Child’s Resilience and Confidence Through Bonding, Love and Play with Joanna Tucker from OXPIP
  2. A Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing with Lucinda Powell from OxonMHWB Network
  3. Active Inclusion of LGBTI+ Young People with Clara Barker from TOPAZ
  4. An Introduction to Self Harm and How to Respond to It with Anne Peake from The Self Harm Network
  5. Anxiety: Using a CBT Based Approach to Tackle Anxiety with Charlie Lewis-Pryde from One-Eighty
  6. Changing the Tide of Mental Health Diagnosis with an Understanding of the Impact of Trauma and a Recovery Approach with Betsy de Thierry from The Trauma Recovery Centre
  7. Creating a Space of Engagement Encouragement and Ease: An Introduction to Art Room Practice with Ali Avery and Catherine Sandford from The Art Room @ Place2Be
  8. Laying the Foundation for Good Mental in Children and Young People with Sarah Darton from Family Link
  9. Martha 21 Exhibition: Helping Young People to Find Their Voice with Anne Marie Cockburn and Lizzy McBain
  10. Missed Opportunities: Supporting the Mental Health of Children with Additional Needs with Catherine Lloyd from One-Eighty
  11. Routes to Resilience – A Sense of Place with Annie Davy and Loren Green from The Nature Effect
  12. Teens, Technology and Mental Health with Gary Hibbins from The Abingdon Bridge (TAB)
  13. The Benefits of Physical Activity on Young People’s Mental Wellbeing with Josh Lenthall and Annie Sillence from Active Oxfordshire and Oxfordshire Mind
  14. Understanding Eating Disorders in Young People with Vickie Kearney from CAMHS
  15. Yoga in Schools: Engaging Wellness Techniques for Teacher and Student in the Classroom with Charlotta Martinus from Teen Yoga
  16. Young Muslims: The Stigma of Mental Health with Imam Monawar Hussein from The Oxford Foundation
  17. 5 Ways to Wellbeing with Sara Keppie and Evelina Savickaite-Kazluske from Oxfordshire Mind

Stall holders
Activate Learning
Adventure Plus
The Ark T Centre
AT The Bus
Be Free Young Carers
Bladon Primary School
Body Politic Dance
Banbury Young Homeless Project
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Clear Sky Children’s Charity
Compassion Matters
Emerging Minds Network
Family Links
Healthwatch Oxfordshire
Highfield Hospital Media Studio
Home-Start Oxford
It’s Time for Change
National Citizens Service (NCS)
Oxford Health
Oxford Mental Health Network (OMHN)
Oxfordshire Mind
Oxfordshire Parent Carers Forum
Oxfordshire Youth
OxonMHWB Network
Priory Group
Relax Kids Ltd
Rotary International
SAFE! Support for Young People Affected by Crime
The Art Room
Trauma Recovery Centre / Betsy dT Ltd
Virtual School for Looked After Children (VSLAC)
Where The Fruit Is / Forest School Association