CWMT Free Youth Mental Health Conference Durham

2nd Dec 2016

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 Framwellgate School and funded by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Health Education England.


8.30am: Registration, coffee and networking

9am: Chair’s Introduction and aspirations – Dr Pooky Knightsmith
9:15: Universal Mental Health Skills for Secondary Pupils –  Natasha Devon
10:15: Q&A and action planning
10.30: Coffee & networking
11.00: When to worry – recognising and responding to warning signs – Rachel Welch
11.45: Listening well when time is short – Dr Pooky Knightsmith

12.15: Lunch

1pm: Case Study School tbc
1.45: Q&A and action planning
2pm: Coffee
2.15: Practical steps to promoting positive mental health – Ian MacDonald
3pm: Q&A action planning
3.15: Chair’s reflections and calls to action
3:30-4pm Informal networking for those who wish to stay


Chair: Dr Pooky Knightsmith – @PookyH
Pooky is the director of the Children, Young People and Schools Programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.

Keynote: Natasha Devon MBE – @NatashaDevonMBE
Former Mental Health Champion, Department for Education and Founder, Self-Esteem Team.

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: TBC

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.

Please book here


Sjøvoll Centre, Framwellgate School, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5BZ