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Annual Conference 2018

Mental Health and Emotional Resilience Conference 2018

This year's conference aimed to bring leaders across educational and local communities together to focus on strengthening partnerships to support the emotional resilience and mental health of children and young people across Cornwall.

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Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

The Education Strategy for Cornwall and the One Vision Partnership Plan, recognise the importance of this and as such have placed the promotion of children’s mental and physical health as one of their priorities.

The conference was attended by over 120 senior leaders in schools, school governors, council services, health and social care practitioners, voluntary and local business professionals, who all work with children and young people.

The conference included performances and talks by young people themselves and an exhibition space. The exhibition provided an area for delegates to meet, learn, discuss and share ideas with their colleagues and professional peers.

The key message from the conference was one of 'listening to young people'. Through almost all of the talks, the golden thread that tied them all together was how important it is to listen. Young people are the best source of information for telling adults what is wrong, how they feel and what we can help to support them or resolve their issue. 

"A really worthwhile, informative and inspiring day."

"Thank you to the young people, they made me smile! - It inspired me to plan some work with girls - raising self-esteem and on body image."

"The young people who spoke were awesome, so brave and inspiring! Well done to all of them. The day has refuelled my enthusiasm to continue working for our children and young people."

"The most beneficial aspect of the conference for me was that it reinforced how important it is that we give mental health and emotional resilience a huge focus."

"We made new connections with Cornwall Healthy Schools, who we are now going to work with."

"A lot of useful information and resources to help signpost staff, families and young people to."

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