First young people's mental health and wellbeing conference held in borough

Over 200 young people, parents, carers and teaching professionals attended the borough's first Positive Youthful Minds conference on Wednesday (30 October).

Posiitve Youthful Minds

The event - organised by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council - was held at Bishop's Hatfield Girls' School, with over 30 local mental health and wellbeing service providers delivering interactive workshops and talks.


Speakers included Professor Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, Lara McHale from MIND, Dr John Coleman, Jen Beer from Hertfordshire County Council, and Beth Makowski and Laura Wells from the Welwyn Hatfield Youth Council.


Workshops were delivered by organisations including: NHS Foundation Trust, Herts Mind, Empowering Learning, The Ollie Foundation, YC Hertfordshire, One Chance CIC and JOCA (Just One Click Away).


Workshops covered a range of topics - including managing stress, anxiety and worry, supporting boys with their mental health, and suicide prevention, and were aimed at young people, parents and carers, and professionals and teaching staff.


Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Public Health, said:

We know that mental health problems in young people have become more common - with an estimated 1 in 10 children and young people being affected - which is why, with the help of local mental health and wellbeing providers, we organised the first Positive Youthful Minds conference in Welwyn Hatfield.

This conference gave attendees a chance to hear from local experts, gain a better understanding of when someone might be struggling, and learn strategies to help us all experience better mental health.

I hope that everyone who attended the event left feeling better equipped at supporting young people and children with their mental health and wellbeing.