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Youth Mental Health Conference

Youth Mental Health Conference

A day of sharing ideas, making connections, learning about resources and breaking down mental health stigma for anyone working with children and young people. Kindly hosted by Harris City Academy Crystal Palace and funded by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Health Education England. Please come along and bring a colleague or two too.


Chair: Dr Pooky Knightsmith - @PookyH

Pooky is the director of the Children, Young People and Schools Programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

Keynote: Jonny Benjamin - @MrJonnyBenjamin

Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger. At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by hundreds of thousands of people. Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide.

His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide.

Session Lead: Rachel Welch - @RachelWelch

Rachel has been Director of Self Harm UK, and is founder of Freedom From Harm. She has a BA Hons Degree in Childhood and Youth, with a focus on Mental Health, and developed Alumina, an online pro-recovery programme for 14-18 year-olds. Rachel is one of the CWMT training team.

Case Study: Clare Erasmus - @cerasmusteach

Clare Erasmus is Director of Mental Health & Wellbeing and Head of Creative Media Studies at Magna Carta, a comprehensive secondary school in Surrey. Over the last 10 years she has collaborated with students and overseen major anti-homophobia and anti-bullying campaigns which have gained national recognition. In 2015 she embarked on a whole school mental health and wellbeing program which amongst many things involved the students creating their very own bespoke mental health & wellbeing app called My TeenMind. Recently, Clare also helped organise and host the UK’s first Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing Teachmeet.

Session Lead: Ian MacDonald - @IanA_Mac

Ian has held various roles in public health including Healthy Schools, You’re Welcome, substance misuse services and HeadStart. Ian is one of the CWMT training team.


Monday 14th November 2016


Harris City Academy Crystal Palace



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