How can we improve mental health in young people?

Increasing numbers of young people experience high levels of anxiety, stress and depression. This can have a massive impact on their health, relationships and future options.

Researchers are aiming to improve mental health in young people.

Researchers are aiming to improve mental health in young people.

To provide a greater understanding of this highly topical and constantly developing area, researchers at the University of Portsmouth are hosting a special event to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (8 – 14 May).

The event is taking place on Monday 8 May from 10.30am to 3pm in the St George’s Building. It is hosted by the University’s School of Education and Childhood Studies in collaboration with the MICE (Mental Health in Childhood and Education) Hub.

The MICE hub brings together researchers across the University and beyond with a range of specific interests – from play therapy and wellbeing in early years, to bullying in schools,  wellbeing of care leavers and mental health literacy in HE.

The keynote speakers will be Alison Jeffery, Director of Children’s Services at Portsmouth City Council, talking about ‘Mental health as everyone’s business: emotional well-being in education, safeguarding and city wide children’s services’ and Dr David Harper from the University of East London looking at ‘Rethinking Approaches to Mental Health Stigma’.

There will also be contributions from national charities, Wessex Academic Health Science Network and academics and research staff from the University of Portsmouth.

The event is free but places must be booked at: https://mental-health-awareness-0805.eventbrite.co.uk

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