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London - 14 November 2018
Manchester - 22 November 2018

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Speakers

Anna has over 24 years’ experience in education as a teacher, national and international trainer, consultant and head of service for a transformative emotional literacy curriculum. Most of her working week is spent actively working in primary and secondary schools. Anna has been on two interim executive boards, is an associate lecturer, an Optimus Education Wellbeing Award for Schools advisor and an academic resilience facilitator for Young Minds. 

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Liz taught for over 25 years before becoming an education advisor specialising in Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing. Liz has written three books and teaching resource packs for schools and other organisations that work with children.  These are used nationally and help children to explore the internal world of their feelings and thoughts.

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Having joined the teaching profession in 2008 after a brief spell working in the film industry, Rebecca has a firm belief in the need for a holistic approach to pastoral care and the importance of supporting wellbeing in order to enable young people to achieve in all aspects of their lives. Rebecca has recently been working on campaigns related to screen time and mental health, as well as research into the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for pupils.

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Sarah Berman Gleave is part of the Training and Consultancy team at YoungMinds with over 25 years primary school teaching experience.  Sarah has delivered bespoke training on a range of issues concerning mental health, including the impact of technology on young people’s mental health and resilience. She has also been a volunteer on the YoungMinds Parents Helpline, talking to parents/carers who are concerned about their child’s emotional wellbeing.

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Shirley spent over 12 years as a solution focused clinical hypnotherapist and worked with young people to overcome mental health issues - including anxiety, panic attacks, fear, OCD and eating disorders. She quickly discovered that early intervention is not only key to improved adult mental health - but also provides an opportunity for young people to uncover a stronger sense of identity and lay the foundation blocks for long term success. She subsequently founded The Mental Wealth Factory and now works directly with schools and universities to help improve whole school mental well-being AND performance outcomes for young people aged 14-26.

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Claire Eastham is a mental health blogger and bestselling author of the book 'We're All Mad Here.'  Drawing on her own experiences to talk about social anxiety and panic attacks, Claire is known for her relatable and honest approach, bridging the gap between health professionals, doctors and those who live with mental illness.

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Sam is a renowned and entertaining trainer and speaker on Mental Health and SEN. A SENCO in a large secondary school she gained a wealth of SEN training and experience. Sam then worked with children excluded from school, and children in care. She trains education staff nationally and internationally and writes regularly for education publications.

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Wendy Gleave is part of the Training and Consultancy team at YoungMinds and has experience in both the primary and secondary sector.  Wendy has developed and delivered bespoke training on a range of issues concerning mental health including digital resilience and trauma and has undertaken the Facilitating Academic Resilience Approach course accredited by the University of Brighton.

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Last year Sharon shared her plans with us to counteract Mental Health Services being scaled back by up-skilling Students and Support Staff.  This year, she shares how this became a reality through setting up ‘The Listening Club’ at school, with hints and tips for others to do the same.

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Caroline was one of the first MHFA England instructors to be trained and joined the national MHFA England training team in 2007. In 2015, she was appointed into a new role as MHFA England’s director of partnerships and business. Caroline runs MHFA instructor refresher workshops, is a regular speaker at conferences and is an all-round advocate of MHFA.

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Aarti is a psychology graduate and joined PAPYRUS prevention of Young Suicide in 2016. She is a Regional Manager working across the 32 London boroughs. She feels passionate about equipping communities to talk openly about suicide and break down the stigma surrounding suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – aged under 35 in the UK. Yet suicide is a taboo subject. Stigma promotes silence, which is killing young people.

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Nicola is an international education consultant, teacher and author with over twenty years experience working in a variety of schools implementing behaviour change and empowering children, youngpeople, parents and staff to reach their full potential. Nicola has developed a reputation for successfully managing the most challenging schools and students as well as motivating and inspiring staff to help implement change and ensure sustainability.

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Caroline is a Team Leader working on the implementation of the children and young people’s mental health green paper at the Department for Education.  She has had a career in the civil service for over a decade, and has carried out several policy roles relating to the mental health of children and young people, and adults.  She is passionate about the area and keen to make a positive difference.

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Naomi has worked for the Time to Change Children and Young People’s team since 2013, aiming to improve the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of young people and families around mental health. Naomi convenes a mental health network of senior leaders from 15 Bristol secondary schools and is also a trained person-centred psychotherapist working with women affected by domestic violence.

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Judith is a teacher, designated safeguarding lead and a trainer based in Northants. She works with partner agencies on a range of projects, and is currently working with Northamptonshire Rape Crisis on development of sexual violence prevention sessions for schools.

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Martin is the co-founder of Laughing Phoenix, a consultancy that helps organisations with their ‘purposeful positioning’.  As such, he has facilitated the global Dove Self-Esteem Project since 2003, creating a range of body image resources for teachers, youth leaders, parents and young people.  He also co-leads Creative Beings CIC, a social enterprise using artistic processes for wellbeing.

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Julia Watson is a solution-focused hypnotherapist, wellbeing consultant and Optimus Education Wellbeing Award for Schools advisor. Her work is based in modern neuroscience, bringing a brain-based, solution-focused approach to staff wellbeing. Julia also runs her own retreat company, bringing stress-busting retreats to organisations and businesses.

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Michell and Carol have worked in mental health for 35 years. They shae a vision and passion to improve mental health outcomes for all children and young people using a proactive skills approach.  In 2010, they developed The Decider Skills, which are currenlty being implemented in all Guernsey schools.