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Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Blog |

Blog by Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive YoungMinds

Putting young people at the heart of the International Youth Mental Health Conference

By Sarah Brennan, chief executive YoungMinds

YoungMinds is delighted to be supporting the 2nd International Youth Mental Health Conference in Brighton next month.

As the only national charity dedicated to children and young people’s mental health, YoungMinds has used its role as part of the organising group supporting the IAYMH team in setting up the conference to ensure that young people are at the heart of the conference.

As a result, YoungMinds has helped establish a bursary scheme to help young people to attend the conference. There are 24 free places for young people to apply for and there are two types of bursary available:

• A Conference Registration Bursary which covers the £240 conference registration fee.

• A Conference Registration and Travel/Accommodation Bursary of £400 which covers the registration fee and travel costs and accommodation expenses.

There are 10 conference registration bursaries available and 14 conference registration and travel/accommodation bursaries.

YoungMinds is co-ordinating the young people’s bursaries on behalf of the IAYMH to enable as many young people as possible get to hear about the scheme and have the opportunity to attend the conference.

With just over a month to go, I am excited at the prospect of a truly inspiring international event putting children and young people’s mental health firmly on the global map. I hope that care services minister Norman Lamb will be able to kick start the conference to show what an important event this is and to help stimulate a lively debate among young people, parents, clinicians, academics and the children’s workforce.

Young people will be presenting at the conference alongside professionals and I look forward to hearing about good practice projects and innovation across the globe to enable us to learn from each other but I am particularly keen to hear of homegrown innovation here in the UK given our role as the hosting country for this year’s event.

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