Resilience Forum

Arts activist approach to drought resilience
Friday 9 June - FREE
1.15pm - 3.00pm
E513 Checkland Building
Falmer Campus
University of Brighton

COPs and Social Learning Theory
Friday 30 June - FREE
1.15pm – 3.00pm
Brunswick, Central Library
Queen Street, Blackpool


Children and Young People's Mental Health
Thursday 6 July
8.30am - 4.30pm
Royal National Hotel, London


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Lisa Williams

Lisa WilliamsChildren's mental health service design and commissioning support

I have been involved in numerous projects with BoingBoing over many years and return continually to the Resilience Framework as a sound, evidence based approach which is refreshingly grounded in practice. Working nationally in children's mental health at the Department of Health, I continually encountered local authorities and NHS services struggling with, if not overwhelmed by, poor mental health which was linked to poverty, constellations of need, and inequalities. Many mainstream service approaches are simply too orientated in a 'medical model' or 'silo' focused to be effective.

I asked Angie Hart and boingboing to support us with seminars for front line staff. As part of our consultancy to local systems, I saw first hand, how the resilience approach inspired both leaders and practitioners with a 're-framed' view of mental health support as being as about accessible strategies which any caring professional can pick up and work with and which whole services can adopt. I continue to collaborate with Angie and the great network of people involved in boingboing both in my role as a secondary school governor and in my capacity as a member of the national mental health consortium 'BOND' - all of which is interesting and challenging, and always fun.