Youth in Mind

Youth in Mind 2024: Safe Spaces – Emotional, Physical, and Digital

We know it’s vitally important to equip yourself and your staff with the tools and knowledge you need to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Delivered by Oxfordshire Youth, the county’s leading youth charity and Oxfordshire Mind, this conference is a transformative professional development opportunity jam-packed with practical takeaways.

Young people face significant challenges in finding safe spaces in the online and offline worlds. This means we must grab the chance to engage in cross-sector problem solving to continue meeting their diverse and complex needs.

We’ll be delving into strategies to promote emotional resilience, exploring the creation of safe online and physical environments, and addressing the complexities of the digital world in relation to youth wellbeing. Youth in Mind has the power to ignite new ways of thinking and address complex problems facing services and their users by uniting Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Thames Valley Police, The University of Oxford, local authorities, school staff, voluntary sector organisations, plus national mental health and youth work organisations.  Watch a short video of last year’s conference to get a flavour of this great event.

Book your tickets here to be a part of the transformative Youth in Mind conference!

Tuesday 25th June at King’s Centre, Oxford OX2 0ES

Keynote speakers from left to right – Mina Fazel, Kadra Abdinasir, Kay Rufai, Peter Leonard

Your keynote speakers for Youth in Mind 2024

Kay Rufai, artist, mental health researcher and founder of the S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys Project will explore how art challenges stereotypes and creates safe spaces with and for black boys in the education, mental health and criminal justice systems. Mina Fazel, Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Oxford is sharing how she strives to bridge the gap between her groundbreaking research and real-world impact to ensure that effective interventions reach those in need, and are transforming the landscape of child mental health services. Kadra Abdinasir, leads policy and influencing work at the Centre for Mental Health, a charity dedicated to tackling mental health inequalities. She brings over ten years’ experience in youth policy, research, and engagement to her role and Youth in Mind. Peter Leonard will be helping us all to create emotionally healthy spaces for children and is Chief Executive of The Centre for Emotional Health. 

Workshops at Youth in Mind 2023

We had a dazzling array of workshops lined up last year. Browse our selection of In Focus, Breakout and Networking sessions below and read more about them in the delegate pack. Each and every one was delivered by experts in their field, and delegates are already telling us they found them informative, inspirational, and most importantly, directly applicable to their work with children and young people.

These are delivered in lecture format, enabling us to deepen our knowledge of emerging and important issues. In Focus workshops for 2023 include:

  • Gaming, social media and wellbeing
  • Self harm to self care
  • Peer-on-peer sexual harassment and abuse.

Practical sessions with more space to explore:

  • Going home well
  • The power of art as therapy
  • Compassion learning spaces: balancing social and emotional learning
  • Self harm to self care
  • Building authentic relationships
  • Over-diagnosed or under-supported? Exploring perceptions of mental health
  • Anxiety toolkit
  • Optimal mental health through focus practices
  • Needs not deeds: working effectively using relational and restorative approaches
  • Community mentoring for young men – being the adult men we want to be!
  • Understanding supported self help
  • Storytelling: a tool to measure impact
  • Hear my voice: how to safely use lived experience
  • Tackling exam stress: advocating physical activity and coping mechanisms
  • Time outside: nature-based activities supporting wellbeing.

Youth in Mind is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people working in your field, deepen existing connections and discover new ways of working together. We build in facilitated networking opportunities to support you and your organisation to be better connected to your peers. The theme of our networking session in 2023 is Networking: strengthening cross-sector partnerships.

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Youth in Mind Guide to children’s mental health services in Oxfordshire

A comprehensive directory of local and national organisations supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

“Superb! It hugely benefits professionals and practitioners.”

The Youth in Mind Guide is a comprehensive directory of local and national organisations supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing that is republished every two years. Click on the front cover below to open up a treasure trove of services.

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