Annual Conference: Mental health from birth and beyond - building resilience in families

Annual Conference: Mental health from birth and beyond - building resilience in families

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Parenting UK
31 October 2017

The government’s pledge of £1.3bn to improve children and young people’s mental health shows just how high young peoples’ mental health is on everyone’s agenda. Mental health matters to the whole family; approximately 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents.Parental mental illness can increase the risk of mental health issues in childhood and adolescence.2  This essential conference will address the question of how you can effectively support families in developing their resilience.

The morning features expert speakers, both professionals and those with lived experience, exploring parental mental health. In the afternoon, you’ll hear from inspiring young people sharing their stories on topics such as being in gangs and trauma.  Our panel will discuss their innovative approaches to supporting young people vulnerable to mental health problems. 

Agenda for the day


10:00 – 10:30

Registration and refreshments

10:30 – 10:35

Welcome and opening speech by chair, Family Lives CEO Jeremy Todd

10:35 – 11:00

Angela Style, Director of Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Perinatal mental health is everyone’s business: an overview of the current state of perinatal mental health services

11:00 – 11:25

Veerma Kaur shares her experiences of the Young Mums Together programme

11:25 – 11:35

Questions – (for previous two speakers)

11:35 – 11:50


11:50 – 12.20


Camilla Rosan and Freya Corfield, Mental Health Foundation

Becoming an adult, becoming a parent: the emotional wellbeing of young mums

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch and networking

1:30 – 3:45

Afternoon session


Anne-Marie Douglas, Peer Power

Anne-Marie will discuss Peer Power and show their “Just Health” film, exploring the emotional health and wellbeing of young people




Ebinehita Iyere, Youth Engagement Coordinator at Peer Power

Ebinehita talks about her personal experiences and family support, the impact of trauma and youth violence on young people involved and their peers and engaging disengaged young people and their parents.


Panel discussion chaired by Family Lives CEO Jeremy Todd

How can we support young people in developing emotional resilience?

Sarah Cresswell – Pause Birmingham


Anne Marie Douglas from Peer Power- Peer Power


Claudia Kempinska- psychotherapist


Kat Cormack – Kooth, online counselling for young people


Closing statements by chair



Confirmed speakers 

Angela Style- Director, Maternal Mental Health Alliance

Angela joined the MMHA as Director of Development in January 2016. She has over fifteen years’ experience working for charities including Diabetes UK, Save the Children and Family and Childcare Trust. Angela is currently Chair of Endometriosis and a trustee of Art Against Knives.

Camilla Rosan - Programme Lead, Children and Young People at the Mental Health Foundation

Camilla Rosan is a chartered clinical psychologist and couple therapist by background and has been leading the families, children and young people's programme of work at the Mental Health Foundation since June 2016.

Camilla has held a range of therapeutic roles relating to perinatal, family and young people's mental health across her career. She has specific therapeutic training in video-feedback for positive parenting (ViPP-SD), cognitive behavioural therapy, compassion-focused approaches, emotion-focused couples therapy and mindfulness.

Camilla retains an honorary clinical academic post at Imperial College London in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit and has published extensively in peer-review journals, therapy manuals, book chapters, policy reports and national guidelines.

Kat Cormack –  public speaker on mental health

Kat Cormack is a service user and a public speaker on mental health (including her own).  She works for Kooth, an award-winning digital mental health service for young people.  She’s devoted herself to reducing the stigma around mental health.  She also has a wealth of experience in training young people and professionals through her work with YoungMinds, The Mix and the NHS.

Sarah Cresswell – The Children’s Society

Sarah Cresswell is the manager of PAUSE, part of Birmingham’s Forward Thinking services.  PAUSE is an innovative drop in service for anyone under the age of 25. Its cool, bright space in the city centre provides a relaxing and welcoming environment for young people who are feeling anxious and low.  Trained counsellors, youth workers and therapists are on hand for anybody who needs help coping, or who just wants to get things off their chest.  PAUSE also runs workshops and groups for families alongside their drop in sessions.

Anne-Marie Douglas – CEO, Peer Power  

Having extensive experience working with children and young people services across statutory and voluntary sectors, Anne-Marie is passionate about positive changes to support excluded children and young people. Her work is underpinned by a belief in supporting individual choice, the importance of empathy, nurturing, and a person-centred therapeutic approach.

Peer Power is a social justice charity that is rooted in the promotion of empathy. Their work supports the most vulnerable children and young people in society; those impacted by adverse childhood experiences, including abuse, trauma, rejection and loss, those most excluded and not heard in society, and often with experience of social care and youth justice agencies.

Ebinehita Iyere - Youth Engagement Worker, Peer Power

Ebinehita Iyere moved from the family home at the age of 15 and witnessed a lot of traumatic events due to loosing friends to youth violence and the prison system. Since then, Ebinehita has used her unique insight into how violence has played out in many communities to become trusted youth worker for young people, statutory and voluntary services. Ebinehita has a degree in Criminology and Youth Studies and has since applied her personal, academic and work experience to help young people reach their unrecognised potential. She is currently a Youth Engagement Coordinator alongside training to be a Trauma Informed Youth Practitioner to bridge the gap between young people, professionals and policy makers within Health and Justice. She has also started facilitating more projects around youth violence and Gangs including her own project directly working with young girls to ensure no more girls are forgotten about within the system. 

Claudia Kempinska – psychodynamic therapist

Claudia Kempinska is an experienced psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, working with adults and young people, with a variety of presenting issues on both a time-limited and open-ended basis.  She works both individually and in groups, in various settings.  Claudia is also a qualified teacher who has set up and managed counselling within schools. 

Delegates will:

  • Hear about innovative ways of supporting mental health in the family
  • Find out more about adolescent mental health and ways of engaging children and young people
  • Learn practical tips on support families that they can take back to their place of work 

Who should attend:

  • Parenting and family practitioners
  • Children's centre workers
  • Families services officers
  • Commissioners of children and family services
  • Social workers
  • Directors of children's services
  • Youth workers
  • Youth engagement teams

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1.       Royal College of Psychiatrists. (2016). Parental mental illness: The impact on children and adolescents. Information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people. Retrieved from

2.        British Medical Journal. (2014) One-third of children of parents with severe mental illness are at risk of developing severe mental illness Retrieved from is an online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19, with a collection of videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behaviour and learning.