Promoting Healthy Young Minds for 2019

We are delighted to announce that Promoting Healthy Young Minds, amajor islandwide event to help students, parents and professionals deal with mental health issues affecting young people is returning next year.

Promoting Healthy Young Minds first took place in 2016 and was attended by more than 1,000 people. As a result of the overwhelmingly positive feedback, organisers Victoria College and MIND Jersey have joined forces again to stage a similar event at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Monday 08 and Tuesday 09 July 2019. They have been joined by Saltgate, who are sponsoring the event.

High-profile expert speakers from the UK have already been confirmed and include mental health campaigner Natasha Devon MBE and Dr Pooky Knightsmith. Local professionals will also be taking part.

The first day of Promoting Healthy Young Minds will be an event just for students and young people, with a range of workshops including:

  • Healthy Ways to Tackle Difficult Feelings
  • Shattering Stigma
  • Depression, low mood, suicide
  • Exam pressure and anxiety

There will be an evening of talks and workshops for parents followed on Tuesday by a full day of talks and seminars for professionals who work with young people in Jersey.

Victoria College Headmaster Alun Watkins said: 'Teachers, mums, dads and friends all want to know how they can help young people who face mental health issues. This event, more than anything, is about the whole community working together to keep our young people as safe as we possibly can by finding the right support mechanisms.'

James Le Feuvre of Mind Jersey added: 'Promoting Healthy Young Minds was hugely successful last time and the feedback we received from young people, parents and the professionals was incredible. We have fine-tuned the speakers for 2019 to focus on what families are most concerned about. Young people themselves will also play a greater part this time, both in the organisation and with the Youthful Minds group leading some of the workshops.'

Yasmin Hayes of Youthful Minds said: 'We want to make sure young people have a real voice so that this is really relevant and engaging for them. It's great to see Love Theatre taking part with our Talking Heads play.'

Education Minister Senator Tracey Vallois has been asked to open the event on both days. She said: 'Mental health is a serious issue for our society and I am especially concerned about the effects on young people. I am pleased to supportPromoting Healthy Young Mindsbecause we need initiatives that bring everyone together to find the most valuable ideas for helping young people.'

Simon Riley, Saltgate Director, added: 'We are delighted to be sponsoring Promoting Healthy Young Minds 2019 and are proud to be supporting the organisers who have put together another fantastic programme for the event, building on the success of the 2016 event.'