St Albans Mental Health 24-25th Nov

Do take a look at this fabulous initiative – something for everyone.  I hope to see you there. I am speaking at 11:15 on Saturday 24th.

  1. The St Albans Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference is a partnership event between YC Hertfordshire, Sandringham School and The OLLIE Foundation.
  2. It runs over the weekend of the 24th –  25th November at Sandringham School in St Albans, Herts.
  3. It’s free for students and amazing value for everyone else –  £45 for professionals and £25 for parents.   We have been able to keep ticket prices down as almost everyone has been able to donate their time.
  4. Tickets include a full day of workshops and talks on the Saturday from some of the leading lights in wellbeing including Natasha Devon and Jonny Benjamin a full lunch and refreshments throughout the day plus entrance to a range of free events, talks and workshops on the Sunday*
  5. Attached also is the timetable for the Saturday which is just packed with great speakers including those from Mexico, Poland, South Africa and the USA –  all flying in at their own expense to support this important event.
  • Galina Dolya, one of the world’s leading experts on Vygotskan and Early Years Education will be making a rare UK  appearance to talk about the importance of emotional regulation.
  • Marcelo Lombard and Rosa Perez from Mexico are giving their only UK talk this year and will share details of their new anti-bulling programme.
  • Zara Phillips, an Adoption Trauma Coach from New York will support delegates to think through the life-long impact of adoption and how we can provide the most useful support when they don’t live happily ever after.  Zara will be joined by international adoptee Ella and her mum who will discuss the impact adoption has had on them.
  • Marta Piernikowska-Hewelt from Poland, will talk about her incredible work in improving communication skills in children and young adults with autism, cerebral palsy, emotional and or behavioural difficulties.
  • Dr Alan Barnard,  one of the world’s leading Decision Scientists, will be running a one day training  –  The Odyssey Decision Maker Masterclass Programme,  based on Behavioural Economics and Positive Psychology
  1. There are 47 talks scheduled for Saturday (full schedule is attached) that cover a range of subjects and issues that will be relevant to anyone who works with or supports children and young people.  The plenary will be delivered by the Head of Public Health Hertfordshire, Prof. Jim McManus.
  2. Sunday will have a more casual atmosphere with delegates simply turning up for the sessions they are booked on to.

I would like to highlight three of Sunday’ FREE workshops:

  • The Odyssey Decision Maker Masterclass Programme, developed by Dr Alan Barnard based on Behavioural Economics and Positive Psychology.  Dr Barnard also created the Harmony Decision Maker App to support his one-day Odyssey programme, and delegates attending will have free access to the App for 1 month. Alan believes this App is has the potential to make a significant difference to people struggling with all sorts of emotional issues including stress, anxiety and suicidal ideation (where no mental health illness is present) and why he has donated his time to attend this conference.  We know that over 50% of youth suicides are not the result of mental illness, but are instead due to an emotional crisis. Often the root cause of that crisis is an overwhelming problem or problems with no light at the end of the tunnel and no ability, or faith in our ability, to tackle the obstacles faced or imagine more effective solutions other than self-harm. The opportunity to attend a seminar with Dr Barnard will give our young people (and adults) a number of tools that will support them with this so they are more confident to think through their problems and find solutions that don’t result in self-harm of suicide.  Whether it be academic pressures, confidence and self-esteem or relationship issues, this FREE full course is suitable for EVERYONE but will be particularly useful to young people or those supporting them, to improve their problem-solving skills and develop their efficacy and agency to manage emotions that may currently be causing them high levels of distress.  You can learn more about Dr Alan Barnard, his work, this award winning decision making process and app as well as see testimonials from past Odyssey Alumni attendees from the video below:
  • OLLIE are putting on a fully funded suicide prevention training, this is a certified course for anyone aged 16 and above.
  • Adoption Trauma specialist, Zara Phillips will be running a work shop with teen international adoptee, Ella, to discuss their shared experiences and how and why we must not ignore the reality of the life long impact of adoption.

You can read more about the workshop hosts and speakers here:

And tickets can be bought here:

Summary here:

Thank you once again for helping with this –  its going to be amazing.

Debi Roberts
YC Hertfordshire Project Officer | Services for Young People |
Hertfordshire County Council | Postal Point CH0022 | County Hall | Hertford | SG13 8DF

01442 454 226  | Internal 84226

About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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