Youth in Mind Berkshire Conference

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Youth in Mind Berkshire 2023

Tuesday 27 June

University of Reading – Palmer Building

“It was superb! I’m just disappointed I didn’t get to listen to ALL the workshops – the choice was difficult to make.”

Delegate – Youth in Mind Berkshire 2022 Conference

Our Voice, Our Story

Mind in Berkshire is delighted to be hosting this informative and inspiring conference with content that is informed by extensive research and the lived experience of young people. Youth in Mind Berkshire is for everyone working with children and young people in statutory, voluntary and third sector organisations across Berkshire West and beyond.

The conference offers opportunities to learn, share and network, deepening existing connections and discovering new ways of working together. It will include key note speakers, panel discussions, In Focus talks in the lecture theatre and a range of workshops, offering something for everyone. Delivered by experts in their field, the conference content is informative, inspirational, and most importantly, applicable to your work with children and young people.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Luke Beardon
Dr Beardon is passionate about his concept of ‘Autopia’ – an autistic utopia of the future to which he hopes society will aspire to. His talk will cover key aspects of what needs to change from the damaging current narrative and ableist societal view of what being autistic actually means and suggests how our world might move forward to create an harmonious and equitable existence for the autistic community.

Dr Dimitri Gavriloff
Dr Dimitri Gavriloff is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the field of behavioural sleep medicine. He will explain why sleep is fundamental to our physical and mental health. His talk is called Adolescent Sleep: Time to Wake Up? and will look at how sleep works, why it’s so important and what we can do to protect it.

Panel Discussions

Exploring Oxwell Student Survey and Berkshire Youth Survey Findings

Hot off the press, Professor Mina Fazel will present the findings of the Oxwell Student Survey completed by 43,000 young people in schools across the country including Berkshire. Sarah Emery, CEO of Berkshire Youth, will share conclusions drawn from their survey of young people across the county. The surveys give valuable insights into the lives and experiences of young people. Mina and Sarah will be joined by pupils from the Downs School, West Berkshire, and Dee Headley, Head of Year from Maiden Erlegh Reading to discuss some of the surveys’ findings.

Starting Well – The Importance of a Holistic Approach to Good Emotional Wellbeing
The panel will include Lajla Johansson, Assistant Director Joint Commissioning, Berkshire West CCG and Louise Noble, Head of Integrated Services for Children, Young People & Families (Specialist),Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

In Focus

Taking place in the lecture theatre, these will enable us to deepen our knowledge of emerging and important issues:

• Peer-on-peer Sexual Harassment and Abuse: Addressing Harm and Providing Support – Safe! Support for Young People Affected by Crime

• Language When Talking Mental Health: Reflecting on Health Inequalities – Dr Alec de Sausmarez – Brighter Futures for Children

• Supporting Young People Who Self-Harm and an Overview of the Bracknell Forest Self-harm Workforce Development Project- Emily Perrin, Nadine daCal, Katherine Davies, Matt Williams

Break Out – Interactive workshops and presentations with space to explore:

• REAL: Relationships, Esteem, Aspiration, Lifestyle for Key Stage 3 and 4 – Soulscape
• Helping People Feel in Control of Their Money – Money Matters
• Youth Journaling and Getting Active to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing – Sport in Mind
• My Body, Mind and Me – Children & Young People’s Service
• Shifting the Language and Culture Around Mental Health – No 5
• Reading FC Community Trust – A Young Person’s Journey
• Understanding Supported Self Help – Oxfordshire Mind CYP Coordinator

Exhibition Area

There is an exhibition area to explore with stands from the wide variety of organisations and companies.

Hosting a stand at Youth in Mind Berkshire is great value for money. It’s a wonderful opportunity to network and promote your services while also discovering new opportunities to collaborate within the sector, and learn from local and national experts about children and young people’s mental health.

Wellbeing Area

As mental health and wellbeing is at the heart of Youth in Mind Berkshire, we create a wellbeing area for delegates to take time out to relax and reflect, and Mental Health First Aiders are on hand should anyone need their support.

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“Listening to young people 'through their eyes' – that really drove the message home. Very inspiring and further motivating.”

Delegate – Youth in Mind Berkshire 2022 Conference