‘Be the change in children and young people’s mental health’ was the theme of this exciting & stimulating conference, organised by the LINK Project, celebrating the success of the project which has been running for over a year.
“The lectures were focused around the little things we can do as practitioners to make a difference in a child or young person’s life” explains Natalie Taylor Daodu – MAP’s Youth Mental Health Team Leader. “The workshops continued along the same lines and aimed to up-skill practitioners around self-care, social change, peer support and working with young people’s challenging behaviour”
In-between lectures spoken word artist Chantel Keen and singer Charlotte Jefferies entertained the conference with inspired words & music creating a positive and engaging atmosphere.
Members of the Young Activist Network (YAN) also ran a workshop for Mental Health Champions. It focussed on how to work to achieve social change in the area of children and young people’s mental health, through the lens of the Shelia McKechnie Foundation’s 12 habits of successful change makers. YAN is a Norfolk-based social movement of young campaigners and activists who work collaboratively within their communities to effect social change. Find the Young Activist Network on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out more.
The LINK project has been set up in order to provide training and support to staff in universal settings, as well as promoting partnership work across all sectors to improve outcomes in children and young people’s mental health. Nearly 400 professionals have completed their Mental Health Champion training, and many more from other sectors such as CAMHS, the voluntary sector, Early Help and County Council engage with the project.
The conference was the culmination of a report which has been put together with the UEA School of Psychology, which showed positive outcomes and reflected the good work of practitioners who support children and young people with their mental health across Norfolk and Waveney. For more information on the LINK project please contact Point1