Prevention in mental health: from theory to practice (virtual conference)

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Mental ill health will always be a part of many people’s lives but, increasingly,  many of the causes of mental ill health can be successfully addressed.  Preventive approaches can help to reduce levels of mental ill health in the population and can also mean that more people living with mental health problems are able to stay well and avoid relapse or crisis.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that addressing growing levels of mental ill health is one of the defining public health challenges of our time. Preventive  approaches are fundamental to achieving this, but there often needs to be greater clarity about what these mean in practice and how they can be implemented within the NHS, local communities, schools and families.

From health promotion to suicide prevention, and from the role of general practitioners to that of local authorities, this conference will bring together experts from all parts of the health and care sector to discuss what prevention means with regard to mental health and how preventive approaches can be applied in practice. Join us to hear from a range of speakers, including academic and policy experts, national body leaders, frontline staff, experts by experience and young people.

    This event is run in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. You can watch the sessions live or catch up on demand until Sunday 20 December.

    Early bird rates available until Sunday 8 November.

    What will I learn?

    At this conference, where all sessions will be chaired by an expert by experience, you will:

    • hear evidence about what works for different people at different life stages receiving care in different parts of the health and care system
    • understand how to bring services together to ensure prevention is at the forefront of design and delivery
    • benefit from in-depth analysis of case studies and learning from successful strategies that bring about meaningful change
    • hear about the latest preventive approaches and ways of working, from trauma-informed practice to ways of reducing the impact of inequalities on the mental health of the population.

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    Sponsorship and exhibition

    If you’d like a conversation about your business goals, and how being involved in this event can help you, please email Chloe Smithers at c.smithers@kingsfund.org.uk or give her a call on 020 7307 2482.

    Please click here to find out more information.

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    Confirmed speakers include

    Chairs

    All sessions will be chaired by an expert by experience

    Please see the full programme for more information.

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    Dr Antonis Kousoulis

    Director of England and Wales, The Mental Health Foundation

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    Dr Emma Tiffin

    GP, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP Clinical Lead, East of England Clinical Director - Mental Health, National Adviser, Primary Care and Community Mental Health Transformation, NHS England

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    Gregor Henderson

    Director of Mental Health, Public Health England

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    Rosie Backhouse

    Team Leader, Off the Record Bristol

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    Natalie Creary

    Delivery Director, Black Thrive Programme

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    Nathan Dennis

    Consultant and Trainer, Legacy Consultants, and Trustee, First Class Foundation

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    Dr Jihad Malasi

    GP, ICS Mental Health and Child Lead, NHS Kent and Medway CCG

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    Mark Swift

    Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Well-being Enterprises

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    Dr Yasmin Razak

    GP, The Golborne Medical Centre

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    Poppy Jaman OBE

    Chief Executive Officer, City Mental Health Alliance

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    Dr Kwame McKenzie

    Chief Executive, Wellesley Institute, Toronto, Canada

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    Dr David Codyre

    Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Director, Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative,Clinical Lead Mental Health, Tamaki Health

    Programme (all sessions available on demand until Sunday 20 December)

    Monday 7 December

    10.00–11.00am (GMT) Session one: The future of prevention

    In this session, you will hear about what prevention means in terms of mental health and what its role is in helping communities to reach their full potential. Join us to discover the new national policy direction for prevention in mental health

    10.00amWelcome and introduction

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    Helen Gilburt, Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

    10.05amPrevention is the key to enabling communities to thrive

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    Dr Antonis Kousoulis, Director of England and Wales, The Mental Health Foundation
    • In this presentation, you will hear about what prevention means in terms of mental health and what its role is in helping communities to reach their full potential.
    • You will also learn about how the distribution of power, money and resources can perpetuate inequalities and make prevention a difficult challenge. 

    10.15amWhat is next for prevention?

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    Gregor Henderson, Director of Mental Health, Public Health England
    • In this session, you will learn about the new national policy direction for prevention in mental health. 
       

    10.30amLive Q&A

    12.00-1.00pm (GMT) Session two: Young people's mental health

    In this session, members of the Off the Record team in Bristol, will discuss how to support young people who will never make it to structured mental health services and how to tailor the intervention approach around the individual.

    12.00pmWelcome and introduction

    Folade Lawan, Youth Leader, Mental Health Foundation, person with lived experience

    12.05pmYoung people’s mental health

    • In this session, members of the Off the Record team in Bristol, will discuss how to support young people who will never make it to structured mental health services and how to tailor the intervention approach around the individual. 
    • You will also learn about how offering services that are located within local communities and engaging with hard to reach groups has helped the team create a social model that is based around nature, sports and arts.

    Rosie Backhouse, Team Leader, Off the Record Bristol
    Martha Baker, Inspiration Works Project Coordinator, Off the Record Bristol
    Tom Antebi, Sports Work Project Coordinator, Off the Record Bristol
    Olivia Woodhouse, Nature Works Project Coordinator, Off the Record Bristol

    A young person with lived experience will join the speakers to present on their mental health.

    Tuesday 8 December

    10.00–11.00am (GMT) Session three: Prevention in the black community

    In this session you will learn about tools that can be applied in practice to improve black mental health. You will hear about the power of co-production and the importance of relatable role models and their value in supporting mental health in black communities.

    10.00amWelcome and introduction

    10.05amEmpowering African and Caribbean communities in Lambeth

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    Natalie Creary, Black Thrive Programme Delivery Director
    • In this session you will hear about how to improve mental health outcomes of marginalised communities and how to tackle the root causes of inequalities and mitigate their impact on mental health.

    10.20amApplying theory of change to improve black mental health

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    Nathan Dennis, Consultant and Trainer, Legacy Consultants, and Trustee, First Class Foundation
    • In this presentation you will learn about tools that can be applied in practice to improve black mental health. You will hear about the power of co-production and the importance of relatable role models and their value in supporting mental health in black communities.

    12.00–1.00pm (GMT) Session four: Trauma-informed approached to prevention

    This session will focus on how trauma-informed approaches can enable better prevention in mental health.

    12.00pmWelcome and introduction

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    Dr David Crepaz-Keay, Head of Applied Learning, The Mental Health Foundation, person with lived experience

    12.05pmPanel discussion

    • This session will focus on how trauma-informed approaches can enable better prevention in mental health. We will hear about international and UK examples of applying trauma-informed principles at system-wide, structural, organisational, and individual levels.

    Kadra Abdinasir, Head of Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health 
    Dr Karen Treisman, MBE, Director, Trainer and Clinical Psychologist, Safe Hands and Thinking Minds 
    Daniel Johnson, Clinical Director, Forensic Psychologist, Kibble 

    Wednesday 9 December

    10.00–11.00am (GMT) Session five: Prevention in primary care

    In this session you will hear about how to meet people's needs holistically in primary care, connecting with wider well-being support and community assets. 

    10.00amWelcome and introduction

    David Lee, Non-Executive Director, SUN Network Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, person with lived experience

    10.05amPanel discussion

    • In this session you will hear about how to meet people's needs holistically in primary care, connecting with wider well-being support and community assets. You will also hear about the potential role of GP practices as “anchor institutions” in their communities, contributing to efforts to tackle the social determinants of mental-ill health.

    Dr Jihad Malasi, GP, ICS Mental Health and Child Lead, NHS Kent and Medway CCG 
    Mark Swift, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Well-being Enterprises 
    Dr Emma Tiffin, GP, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough STP Clinical Lead, East of England Clinical Director Mental Health, National adviser primary care and community mental health transformation, NHS England 
    Dr Yasmin Razak, GP, The Golborne Medical Centre 
     

    12.00–1.00pm (GMT) Session six: Digitally-enabled prevention

    More details to be announced soon.

    Thursday 10 December

    10.00–11.00am (GMT) Session seven: International approaches to working on prevention and a UK response

    Learn about the work taking place in Canada, New Zealand and Sweden and discover transferable lessons for the UK.

    10.00amWelcome and introduction

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    Poppy Jaman OBE, Chief Executive Officer, City Mental Health Alliance

    10.05amMaking mental health everyone’s business

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    Dr Kwame McKenzie, Chief Executive, Wellesley Institute, Toronto, Canada
    • In this presentation you will hear from a world-leading psychiatrist on the social causes of illness, suicide and how to create equitable health systems. 

    10.20amLearning from Sweden

    Fredrik Lindencrona, Head of Innovation and International Co-ordination, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership
    • In this session, you will hear about city-based prevention initiatives in Stockholm and how cross-sector partnerships help promote the wellbeing of residents

    10.35amA perspective from New Zealand

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    Dr David Codyre, Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Director, Auckland Wellbeing Collaborative,Clinical Lead Mental Health, Tamaki Health
    • In this presentation, you will hear an overview of New Zealand’s national strategy on prevention. From the country’s digital well-being programme, which focuses on workforce well-being, to developing a national mental health strategy in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks, you will learn about the many ways public mental health is making progress in New Zealand.

    Ticket prices

    Please note, there is a £20 surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is an addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.

    Early bird rates

    Book before Sunday 8 November 2020 for the following early bird rates:

    • Public sector, charity or university - £95 + VAT
      (Full price ticket price -  £135 + VAT)
    • Small-medium sized enterprise (SME) - £135 + VAT
      (Full price ticket price - £190 + VAT)
    • Commercial/profit-making organisation - £190 + VAT
      (Full price ticket - £270 + VAT)

    Student tickets

    If you are a student in full-time education, please email us for a promotional code, with a photograph of your valid student ID. Student tickets are £45+VAT.

    Bursary tickets

    We offer a number of free bursary places for patients and carers. These places are limited to maintain a balance of voices in the room between patients, service users, carers, and health and care professionals. To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend. 

    Contact us

    Booking enquiries

    If you’d like to make a booking enquiry, please email Anna Viralainen at events@kingsfund.org.uk

    Programme enquiries

    If you have any queries relating to our event programmes, please contact Caroline Viac at c.viac@kingsfund.org.uk

    Sponsorship enquiries

    To find out more about our sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact Chloe Smithers at c.smithers@kingsfund.org.uk

    FAQs

    High-quality, up-to-date content is delivered to you via an online platform that is open for three weeks. During the first week, you will have the opportunity to log in, test your connection and become familiar with the set-up. The live sessions will take place over four half-days in the second week, giving you the option to catch up on demand until the end of week three.

    Virtual conferences mean you can digest content at your own pace and work around a busy schedule. You can pause and rewind presentations and put your questions to our expert speakers. There is a 'main room' for sharing resources and the option of one-to-one networking. Virtual exhibition stands enable you to interact with a range of organisations who will share expertise and information – all at a time that suits you.

    The online platform will be open for three weeks in total:

    Test your connection

    Week one: test your connection

    • On 30 November, you will receive an email asking you to log in and test your connection. 
    • Once you are logged in, you will have access to the chat function where you can introduce yourself and join conversations.
    • The exhibition will also be open if you would like to explore the stands and download free resources.
    Attend the event

    Week two: attend the event

    • On 7-10 December, we will email you each morning to remind you of the day’s sessions.
    • You will have the opportunity to submit your questions and watch live or catch up later on demand. 
    Catch up and complete

    Week three: catch up and complete

    • In the third week, we will email you to ask for your feedback and to send your certificate of attendance.
    • We will remind you to watch any presentations you were unable to join live and after this week, the online platform will close.
    • PDFs of the presentation slides will be available to download at any time after the event. 
    • Before the event, tell your colleagues that you are taking part and block out the time in your diary
    • Make sure you are using an up-to-date web browser. We recommend Google Chrome or Firefox for the best delegate experience.
    • In week one, introduce yourself in the networking area. This is an easy way of ‘getting your voice in the room’, starting conversations and establishing new relationships with colleagues in health and care. 
    • Avoid as many distractions as possible so you can immerse yourself in the sessions as you would at a physical conference. Treat each session as a meeting, put your phone on silent and close down your emails.
    • If you know you won’t be able to watch certain sessions live, you can submit your questions in advance and put aside time in the second or third week to catch up on demand.
    • Each session is approximately one hour long and there is always at least a half-an-hour break between sessions so you can take a screen break or catch up on emails.
    • Make the most of the online community by taking part in the live Q&As and opting in to one-to-one networking
    • Make sure you secure time in your diary at some point over the three weeks to visit the exhibition stands, where you will find free resources and can have conversations with experts from across the health and care system.

    We are using a trusted third-party technical supplier that already produces our high-quality online events, so hopefully there shouldn’t be any technical issues. It’s worth using the extra time before the first session to log in and test your connection, just in case. 

    When the event is taking place, there will be technical support available at all times. 

    The King's Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. Our events are a key source of income, and this income enables us to continue with our charitable objectives

    The cost of running a virtual conference is similar to that of a physical event. Although a virtual conference has fewer room hire and catering costs, in order to produce a high-quality event, we still need to pay the costs for the technical supplier, support and developing the platform. With some sessions taking place in our building, we do have to cover some venue costs. We also have a team of dedicated events professionals, content experts, digital, marketing and finance support that work on these events.  

    Any profit that is made from these events goes directly towards achieving our strategic priorities. You can find out more about how we are funded here

    We offer a number of free bursary places for patients and carers. These places are limited to maintain a balance of voices in the room between patients, service users, carers, and health and care professionals.  To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.