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Youth in Mind Conference 2022

An Oxfordshire based cross sector conference involving all major stakeholders in the mental health of the county’s children and young people

About this event

A mental health conference for anyone working with children and young people

We are delighted to be hosting this informative, innovative and inspiring event. We have all waited a long time to come together with the shared goal of supporting and improving the mental health of Oxfordshire’s young people, given the uncertain and challenging time we’ve all lived through since the last conference.

Topics covered at Youth in Mind are supremely relevant for those working to support the county’s children, young people and families. Drawing on cutting edge research and the lived experience of young people, our one-day conference will also equip you with resources and toolkits to invigorate your practice.

Youth in Mind kicks off with a group of young people promoting positive mental health in their schools, a keynote talk from Bounce Black’s Nikki Adebiyi and a round of quick-fire presentations delivered by county leaders. In the afternoon, don’t miss professional dance company Body Politic performing live, a choice of 16 workshops, our wellbeing area, opportunities to explore over 60 exhibition stands and an exclusive music performance. Topping off the day is our panel discussion, ‘The Mental Health Landscape Reimagined – a reflective discussion welcoming new ways of working’, involving local and national experts. And we go out on a high with an exclusive music performance from local youth group.

This event will be COVID secure, and we will adhere to any relevant changes in guidance as planning progresses. We ask delegates to perform a lateral flow test before attending and stay at home if the result is positive.

Exhibit at Youth in Mind

Hosting a stall at Youth in Mind is great value for money, the large market place was buzzing last year with a cross sector representation of people working with children and young people. It is a wonderful opportunity to network and promote your services whist also discovering new opportunities to collaborate within the sector and learning from local and national experts about children and young people’s mental health. Conference delegates will include school leaders and staff, local authority health and social care workers, third sector organisations, NHS and other public sector professionals.

Stall holder information can be found here. To book your stall you must also order a ticket for the event -stall options will appear at checkout.

Join us at Youth in Mind

Delegates will also have time to attend three, 45 minute workshops offering something for everyone. Delivered by experts in their field they are informative, inspirational and most importantly, applicable to your work with children and young people. This year we have three types of workshop available: In Focus, Break Out and Networking.

In Focus

Taking place in the main hall, these are delivered in lecture format, enabling us to deepen our knowledge of emerging and important issues identified in recent NHS youth mental health data on:


Dr Dimitri Gavriloff explains why sleep is fundamental to our physical and mental health


Jo McAndrew sheds light on this increasingly urgent issue and offers support with her seven step framework for supporting young people.

Eating disorders

Vickie Kearney from CAMHS focuses her clinical expertise on helping us understand COVID’s impact and supporting young people’s needs.

Break Out

Practical sessions with more space to explore:

  • understanding neurodiversity
  • racism, cultural stigma and mental health
  • top tips for navigating mental health services
  • workplace toolkit to manage your mind and develop mental fitness
  • wellbeing and creativity
  • asking about suicide – why asking matters
  • moving on from Covid: Supporting families to manage difficult feelings
  • top tips for transitions
  • supporting LGBTQI+ young people
  • wellbeing and forest school
  • the importance of early years for lifelong health
  • trauma informed classrooms.


Youth in Mind is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people working in your field, deepen existing connections and discover new ways of working together. In 2022 we have built in facilitated networking opportunities to support you and your organisation to be better connected to your peers:

  • Unconference networking
  • Better Together networking
  • Speed Meets networking.

Please contact Laura Sewell at info@youthinmind.org if you require a parking space for access or if you have any other enquiries.

Please also be aware that there is NO TICKET HOLDER PARKING at the venue. We are a short walk from Oxford train station or you can use the Park and Ride service.

Stallholders have access to one parking space.

We are very grateful to all of our supporters who enable us to offer conference tickets at a subsidised rate.

With thanks to our funder, the Masonic Charitable Foundation

Please read conference terms and conditions prior to booking.


The King's Centre (NO PARKING)
Osney Mead
OX2 0ES Get Directions