Key Points
  • An assessment of the likely long-term impact of the pandemic on the mental health of teens and adolescents
  • Evaluating the suitability of support services and structures to deal with teen and adolescent mental health issues
  • Sharing innovative best practice in self-harm and suicide prevention, treatment for eating disorders and managing anxiety
  • Adopting a collaborative approach towards supporting the mental health needs of teens and adolescents
  • Analysing the specific mental healthcare needs of minority groups
  • Innovation and Integration: using digital technology and social media to support mental health and wellbeing
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Overview
Expert speakers include:

  • Victoria Hornby, Chief Executive, Mental Health Innovations
  • Dr Pauline Whelan, Co-Director, CAMHS Digital Research Unit
  • Dr Bernadka Dubicka, Chair of Child and Adolescent Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Ann John, Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry, Swansea University
  • Jon Goldin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Sally McManus, Senior Lecturer in Health, City, University of London
  • Dominic Arnall, Chief Executive, Just Like Us
  • Nathan Dennis, Founder Trustee, First Class Foundation
  • Dr Rochelle Burgess, Community Health Psychologist, University College London
  • Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and CEO, Stem4
  • Manjul Rathee, Chief Executive Officer, BfB Labs
  • Jonny Benjamin MBE, Founder, Beyond
  • Kadra Abdinasir, Associate Director for children and young people, Centre for Mental Health
The mental health of 13–19-year-olds in Britain is under severe pressure across a range of indicators, according to new research by the Mental Health Foundation and Swansea University.

Join Westminster Insight's Teenage Mental Health Digital Conference to hear from leading experts, frontline practitioners and third sector advocates on the rise of teen mental health issues during the pandemic and how current support services and structures must respond. Special focus will be placed on eating disorders, managing anxiety and the use of technology to improve access.

Join us to explore collaborative, innovative approaches to support young people with mental health challenges and promote wellbeing including social pathways into services and family based treatment. We will also examine how to develop provision that helps break down the barriers to accessing services for boys, young men and adolescents from LGBT+ and BAME communities.

Agenda
Start

09:15 - 09:20
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Victoria Hornby Chief Executive, Mental Health Innovations

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09:20 - 10:05
Identifying and Supporting the Complex Mental Health Challenges Facing Teens Living Through a Global Pandemic

 
  • Establishing strategies for improving support, engagement and access to services for young people
  • Sharing best practices for addressing self-harm, eating disorders & anxiety issues
  • Promoting lasting and meaningful change in terms of suicide prevention in adolescents and young people
  • Understanding how best to provide support for young people living with mental health challenges including sleeping and eating disorders and other emerging issues relating to the pandemic such as depression and anxiety, loss and bereavement or substance abuse
9:50 - 10:05 Questions and Discussion

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Jon Goldin Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

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Sally McManus Senior Lecturer in Health, City, University of London

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Ann John Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry, Swansea University

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10:05 - 10:50
Considering How Best to Support the Mental Health of Adolescents and Young People

 
  • Understanding the main issues and identifying the key priorities for approaching the mental health and well-being challenges of young people
  • Highlighting the need to collaborate with young people to design and produce ways of improving mental health and well-being goals
  • What are the priority areas for teens and adolescents as it relates to their mental health and resources available to them
10:35 - 10:50 Questions and Discussion

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Jonny Benjamin MBE Founder, Beyond

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Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten Reader (Associate Professor) in Childhood Studies & Director of School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth

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Courtney Peet NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC

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Dr Emma Maynard Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

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10:50 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 11:45
Guidance for Supporting Young People with Eating Disorders

 
  • Supporting recovery and best practice tips for responding to young people and adolescents with eating disorders
  • How has the pandemic influenced eating disordered behaviour? What has been the impact on clinical services and how is this being addressed?
  • Eating disorder prevention and removing barriers to accessing specialist care for young people
  • Discussing innovation in practice of family based treatment for eating disorders
  • Understanding how services could better be delivered through the lens of a survivor
11:30 - 11:45 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Hope Virgo Mental Health Campaigner, Author and Ambassador

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Dr Caz Nahman Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist & CAMHS Eating Disorders

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Dr Ashish Kumar Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Lead for Eating Disorder Service for YP, NW Boroughs Health Care NHS Foundation Trust

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11:45 - 12:30
Creating a Mental Health System that Works for All - Delivering Services for Young People and BAME and LGBTQ+ Communities

 
  • Creating meaningful opportunities for engagement with (Children and Young People’s services) CYPMHS for young people from racialized backgrounds
  • Understanding the barriers that exist for young people who identify as LGBTQ+ from accessing CYPMHS
  • Exploring the concept of intersectionality and the importance of cultural competency for therapeutic interventions
12:15 - 12:30 Questions and Discussion

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Kadra Abdinasir Associate Director for children and young people, Centre for Mental Health

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Jawwad Mustafa Communications Consultant, Emerging Minds

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Antonio Ferreira Mental Health Ambassador

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Dominic Arnall Chief Executive, Just Like Us

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12:30 - 13:00
Lunch Break

 

13:00 - 13:45
The Role of the Community for Creating Culturally Informed Safe Spaces That Support Young People’s Mental Health

 
  • Social Pathways into Services: Exploring mental health through creative expression; art, music, drama, film etc.
  • Assessing the role of youth clubs, social prescribing and outdoor activities in supporting youth mental health
  • Helping young people to gain access to education, apprenticeships and employment opportunities
  • Approaches to tackling the mental health challenges faced by boys and young men
  • Understanding what is needed to help national and local governments and statutory bodies to engage with communities
13:30 - 13:45 Questions and Discussion

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Nathan Dennis Founder Trustee, First Class Foundation

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Dr Rochelle Burgess Community Health Psychologist, University College London

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Nikki Adebiyi Founder, Bounce Black

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13:45 - 14:30
Innovation and Integration: Health and Social Care Fit for the Future

 
  • The use of technology and its impact on the mental health of young people and adolescents
  • Identifying the benefits of innovation in response to the pandemic that could be carried over into the post-COVID world
  • How can we harness social media in a positive way to support mental health and wellbeing?
  • Digital safeguarding, policy and regulation around the use of digital technology and social media
14:15 - 14:30 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Nihara Krause Consultant Clinical Psychologist and CEO, Stem4

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Pauline Whelan Co-Director, CAMHS Digital

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Manjul Rathee Chief Executive Officer, BfB Labs

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14:30 - 14:40
Afternoon Break

 

14:40 - 15:25
Ensuring Mental Health Provision is Equipped to Support the Increasingly Complex Mental Health Needs of Young People Post Pandemic

 
  • Reviewing the last months and assessing the impact of the pandemic on young people and adolescent mental health
  • Assessing how clinical practice and research in young people and adolescent mental health could and should change after the pandemic
  • Keeping mental health at the top of the agenda: making policy to improve children and young people's mental health 
15:10 - 15:25 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr Bernadka Dubicka Recent chair child and adolescent faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists Honorary reader University of Manchester

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15:25 - 15:35
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Victoria Hornby Chief Executive, Mental Health Innovations

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End

Speakers

Kadra Abdinasir Associate Director for children and young people, Centre for Mental Health

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Nikki Adebiyi Founder, Bounce Black

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Dominic Arnall Chief Executive, Just Like Us

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Jonny Benjamin MBE Founder, Beyond

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Dr Rochelle Burgess Community Health Psychologist, University College London

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Nathan Dennis Founder Trustee, First Class Foundation

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Dr Bernadka Dubicka Recent chair child and adolescent faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists Honorary reader University of Manchester

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Antonio Ferreira Mental Health Ambassador

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Jon Goldin Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

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Victoria Hornby Chief Executive, Mental Health Innovations

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Sarah Hughes Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health

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Ann John Professor in Public Health and Psychiatry, Swansea University

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Dr Nihara Krause Consultant Clinical Psychologist and CEO, Stem4

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Dr Ashish Kumar Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Lead for Eating Disorder Service for YP, NW Boroughs Health Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Dr Emma Maynard Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth

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Sally McManus Senior Lecturer in Health, City, University of London

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Jawwad Mustafa Communications Consultant, Emerging Minds

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Dr Caz Nahman Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist & CAMHS Eating Disorders

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Courtney Peet NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC

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Manjul Rathee Chief Executive Officer, BfB Labs

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Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten Reader (Associate Professor) in Childhood Studies & Director of School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth

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Hope Virgo Mental Health Campaigner, Author and Ambassador

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Pauline Whelan Co-Director, CAMHS Digital

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