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Youth in Mind Berkshire Conference

Wednesday 18 May, 9am to 5pm, The Globe, Reading West

Mind in Berkshire are delighted to be hosting this informative and inspiring event for people working in statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations. Drawing on extensive research and the lived experience of young people, this one-day conference offers opportunities to learn, share and network, deepening existing connections and discovering new ways of working together.

With young people’s voices being at the heart of the conference, together we learn about the data gathered from children and young people which helps us to understand the wellbeing and mental health challenges they face. Professor Mina Fazel will present the findings of the Oxwell Survey, No 5 Counselling will share their Restart Youth research and, David Seward of Berkshire Youth will give an insight into conclusions drawn from their organisation’s survey of young people.

Following on from this, there will be three in focus discussions in the main hall alongside a choice of nine workshops, a wellbeing area and exhibition stands to explore.

In Focus

These sessions will enable us to deepen our knowledge of emerging and important issues identified in recent NHS youth mental health data on:

How to talk about Suicide – Reading Samaritans

Isolation and Loneliness – The Mustard Tree

Physical activity & Mental Health & Wellbeing – Sport in Mind

Break Out – Interactive sessions with more space to explore:

Understanding Neurodiversity – Autism Berkshire & Kimel Foundation

Eco-anxiety

Gaming – Andy Robertson – Taming Gaming

Wellbeing in Schools – Owen Joyce Senior Mental Health Lead – Kennet School Academies Trust

The Importance of Early Years for Lifelong Health – Oxford Brain Story

Youth Offending – Wokingham Youth Offending Service – Youth Justice Service: New Focus on Prevention Intervention

Financial Literacy – HSBC

Refreshments will be provided by Fink Street Food, a social enterprise company that donates half its profits to combatting stigma around mental health.

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