A conference for practitioners and those with an interest in Mental Health from the voluntary and statutory sector. The day will feature exciting guest speakers, dynamic workshops, a networking marketplace and a challenging Q&A panel. Lunch and refreshments included.

Brathay Trust and Sheffield Mind are pleased to announce our first joint conference exploring adult and children's Mental Health Services in the Sheffield region.

Guest Speakers

Dr Trevor Gedeon, Chimp Management -  Dr Gedeon has worked in the community, in psychiatric hospitals, in secure hospitals and in prisons. He works with a variety of patients who often have complex backgrounds and a mixture of complex problems. He is a forensic psychiatrist who is passionate about working with people to help them reach their goals so that they can function at their best.  A talented and engaging public speaker, Dr Gedeon will give his take on Mental Illness, his experiences of Rampton and the concept of Chimp Management.

Paul Blomfield MP, MP Sheffield Central. Mental health is one of the issues frequently raised with Paul, particularly by young people. As a result, mental health is high on Paul’s agenda in Parliament. He has challenged Ministers on ‘parity of esteem’ in funding, and supported work to improve mental health in our colleges and universities as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Students. He is here to listen, as part of his annual ‘Big Conversation’ community consultation, but will begin by speaking about the political challenges we face in improving mental health services in Sheffield.

Dave Henry, trustee and former Chair of MIND UK will discuss Bevan, Brexit and Beyond!  What exactly is happening with this £350 million being put back into the NHS?

Luke Ambler, Halifax and Ireland Rugby League Player and founder of Andys Man Club.  Addressing the isue of the growing rate of suicide in men under the age of 45 and the #itsoktotalk campaign

Workshops will be bookable on the day.

Workshop A - Watching the Detectives: Are portrayals of mental health in TV drama changing? 

Hosted by writer and consultant Liz Kettle, author of the sensational Broken Biscuits.  According to Time to Change 2014 report 'Making a drama out of a crisis', mental health depictions are becoming more authentic and prompting people to seek support.

Is Mental Health finally out of the closet?  Or is it simply the source of sensational storylines for programme makers.  Liz's workshop will examine this issue with the aid of clips from popular TV shows and discuss the authenticity and helpfulness of these depictions for people with mental illness and on society's perceptions as a whole.

Workshop B - Working together

This will be hosted by Dr Lucy Maynard, Head of Research for Brathay Trust.  Lucy will examine the concept of new and innovative partnerships within the sector at a time of great change.  How do we as statutory or voluntary organisations work together to contribute the national agenda for Mental Health and Wellbeing.  How does this look and how do we really work together in true partnership to provide the best services for children and adults in the region.

Q&A Panel

Hosted by former chairman of MIND Dave Henry.  Featuring a panel of professionals, councillors, specialists and service users.  Get your questions ready!

Secure your place today and book here.

Tickets are priced at £60 per person and include lunch and refreshments throughout the day.