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Final Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference

04 May 2016

Together For You is coming to an end, and to celebrate its achievements and share learning gained, it will host a final half day conference on Wednesday 22 June 2016.

The event will include:

  • An opening address from a senior civil servant from the Department of Health
  • An overview of the Independent Evaluation of the project including findings and learning arising from the range of Together For You mental health and wellbeing services provided;
  • Impact of the project, hearing from direct and indirect beneficiaries;
  • Educating young people for good mental health, by leading teen author Juno Dawson
  • How research can influence policy, Iris Elliott, Head of Research and Policy, Mental Health Foundation
  • An opportunity to question expert panel on mental health in Northern Ireland;
  • Networking opportunities;
  • A complimentary copy of the summary evaluation research report by PACEC.

When: Wednesday 22 June 2016, 9.30am – 1.30pm (registration from 9.00am)

Cost: FREE (lunch will be provided)

This is an invitation only event, however if you are interested in attending, please email your full name, job title, your role in mental health services and your contact details to Caroline McCoubrey: cmccoubrey@amh.org.uk

Further details on speakers / participants at the event

David Babington, Chief Executive of Action Mental Health, lead parter in Together For You

Chief Executive since August 2010, BA (Hons), MA, FCIPD. Previous experience in the private sector as a HR consultant and running his own company working with the banking, property, consumer and retail sectors. He also has experience of leading and managing change in the public sector. He lives in Holywood. 

Joanne McDowell - Northern Ireland Director

Joanne has been the Big Lottery Fund's director for Northern Ireland since September 2010.

Joanne spends most of her time meeting and listening to stakeholders, including VCSE groups and the people they work with, as well as government officials and elected representatives who want to know about the Big Lottery Fund’s programmes and investments. She also works with the NI chair and NI committee to deliver on funding programmes and strategic direction.

Before joining the Fund, Joanne lectured in European Studies and Rural Development and she worked as a consultant for a major private sector body in Northern Ireland. Joanne has a Doctorate from the University of Ulster in planning policy and legislative change in Spain.

Iris Elliot, Mental Health Foundation

Iris is Head of Policy and Research at the Mental Health Foundation, the UK's leading mental health charity. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the  Arts in recognition of her "exceptional and longstanding commitment to improving public mental health in the UK and Ireland". Originally a social worker, Iris holds an MSc in Health Promotion, MA in Public Culture Studies and a PhD in Sociology. Iris' main interests are creating human rights and equity in everyday life, and trauma informed places (communities and services). Her most recent publication is 'Mental Health and Poverty', a report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to inform its UK Anti-Poverty Strategy. 

Juno Dawson, Teen Author

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson – formerly known as James –  is the multi award-winning author of dark teen thrillers HOLLOW PIKE, CRUEL SUMMER, SAY HER NAME and UNDER MY SKIN. In 2015, she released her first contemporary romance, ALL OF THE ABOVE. In 2016, she will author one of the World Book Day titles: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.

Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine and The Guardian and has contributed to news items on BBC Women’s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education.

Her first non-fiction book, BEING A BOY tackled puberty, sex and relationships in a frank and funny fashion. A follow up for young LGBT people, THIS BOOK IS GAY came out in 2014. Her most recent release, ‘MIND YOUR HEAD, everything a young person needs to know about mental health’, will form the basis of Juno’s talk at the Together For You Conference in June in Belfast.

Dr Gerard Lynch, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Dr Gerard Lynch MD FRCPSYCH has been a consultant psychiatrist since 1994 and is currently working in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. He has worked in many areas of general adult psychiatry and has been involved in numerous service developments during his time as a consultant. This includes setting up of crisis resolution and recruitment teams, the reorganisation of community mental health and inpatients teams and the development of mental health liaison services. He has been Clinical Director of Northern Trust since 2003 and Divisional Medical Director since 2015. Dr Lynch has recently been appointed as Chair of the Northern Ireland division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Lynch will participate in the expert panel debate.


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