#HopeNov20 Addressing mental health conditions during pregnancy and beyond, House of Commons, Nov 2017

This event was dedicated to all the mothers and their families affected by the perinatal mental illnesses. It aimed to raise awareness of maternal mental health issues in the wider community by engaging people from all walks of life.

Impact and reach

This was one of the most popular one-day events we covered in 2017, with 745 people sending 4.8k tweets that brought a total of 22.2m Twitter impressions.

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Over 1 in 10 women have depression during pregnancy or postnatally #HopeNov20

#ZSAlaunch Zero Suicide Alliance Launch, House of Commons, Nov 2017

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of NHS trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

Impact and reach

Our first House of Commons launch event brought some unique challenges with it. Tweeting with no wifi and virtual no 4G signal, recording interviews with live music in the background. Despite all that we managed this:

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Zero Suicide Alliance: free suicide prevention training for all #ZSALaunch

#MHawards2017 Positive Practice Awards, Blackpool, Oct 2017

The Positive Practice Mental Health Collaborative is a user led multi agency collaborative of seventy-five organisations, including NHS Trusts, CCG’s, Police Forces, third sector providers, front line charities and service user groups. They identify and disseminate positive practice in mental health services by working together across organisations and sectors, to facilitate shared learning, and to raise the profile of mental health with politicians and policy makers. They share practice in a variety of ways including through special interest groups, events, the national MH Awards, and via a virtual network.

Impact and reach

This was our first #BeyondTheRoom awards ceremony. A glitzy affair in the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool, which saw dapper suits and stylish dresses mix with celebration, alcohol and a good deal of tweeting. We had 379 people sending 1.8k tweets during the evening event, bringing a total of 12.7m Twitter impressions.

#WalesMHN17, Wales Mental Health Nursing Conference, Cardiff, Oct 2017

The inaugural All Wales Senior Nurse Advisory Group mental health nursing conference was all about transforming practice through innovation.

Impact and reach

This new conference saw very respectable online activity throughout the day, with 161 people sending 845 tweets that brought a total of 7.7m Twitter impressions.

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Testimonial

Wow that’s great – thank you André and Vanessa for all your input and support #wales #GreatThingsHappening
– Michaela Morris, Conference Organiser

Blogs

We ran an online poster competition for the conference using the Mental Elf website and Mentimeter to share the posters and collect votes:

#WalesMHN17 poster competition: vote for best practice in mental health nursing

#hsconf17 Headstart Autumn Conference, Wolverhampton, Oct 2017

The Headstart Wolverhampton Autumn Conference focused on improving resilience and mental wellbeing in children and young people. The event targeted teachers, health professionals and voluntary sector staff who work with children and young people. The talks and workshops gave practical advice and strategies to these professionals to help them support young people to improve their resilience and emotional wellbeing; thereby reducing ongoing mental health issues.

Impact and reach

This one-day event sparked a great deal of social media activity. Our conversations had 388 people sending 1.4k tweets and bringing a total of 12.7m Twitter impressions.

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#IAPTconnect17 Annual Mayden IAPT conference, London, Sep 2017

This one day conference brought together adult IAPT providers (improving access to psychological therapies) and children and young people’s service providers, commissioners, policy makers and researchers to discuss the challenges mental health services are facing and to look for practical ways forward together.

Impact and reach

Our live tweeting and podcasting brought a much more diverse audience to this event than would otherwise have been part of the conversation. We were pleased with the reach as 208 people sent 1.5k tweets bringing a total of 10.4m Twitter impressions.

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#MHNR2017 Mental Health Nursing Research conference, Cardiff, Sep 2017

This is a great conference that’s been going for many years now (this was the 23rd annual International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference) and it didn’t disappoint. The 2-day event brought together mental health nurses, service users and other professionals to “celebrate the evidence, creativity and innovation which characterise the field, and a healthy, critical disposition to the context in which this is enacted.”

Impact and reach

We were delighted at this event to have more than one thousand people tweeting during the 2 days of the event; a #BeyondTheRoom record in 2017! In total we had 1,072 people sending 4.3k tweets which made 28.8m Twitter impressions.

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Power to the people: practitioners, patients and power

#MHschools17 Mental health in schools, Reading, Sep 2017

This one day conference brought together high-profile experts from various disciplines and young people who have experienced mental health problems themselves to offer the latest evidence-based advice on how to address mental health in schools, and the best methods to achieve this. Given the vast number of policy initiatives and programmes being developed for use in schools, it is critical that schools know what they should be doing on the basis of the research evidence and where funding should be directed. The conference involved keynote addresses, poster presentations, a panel discussion and opportunities to meet and talk to other professionals working in this area.

Impact and reach

This event was extremely popular online and we managed to reach a very diverse sizeable audience. In total during the day, 501 people sent 2k tweets that made 17.8m Twitter impressions. One of the best events in 2017 in terms of reach.

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Testimonial

Wow!!!! Fantastic, definitely taken #MHSchools17 #BeyondTheRoom thanks Andre!
– Laura Pass, Conference Organiser, University of Reading

Blogs

School-based mental health services: a good idea?

#SolentConf17 Solent NHS Research and Improvement Conference, Southampton, Jul 2017

The first ever #PatientsIncluded accredited UK health event took place in Southampton on 11th July 2017. André and Mark from our team covered the day with live tweeting and podcasting. The conference theme was ‘Evidence Matters’; showcasing and celebrating the improvement work at the Solent NHS Trust and further afield. There were a range of interactive workshops, presentations and networking opportunities.

Impact and reach

We were pleased with the social media activity around this event. On the day we had 185 people sending 1.1k tweets that generated a total of 12.1m Twitter impressions.

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Keynote talk

André gave the opening keynote at the conference entitled: New ways to engage with research.
André gave the opening keynote at the conference entitled: New ways to engage with research (PDF).

Testimonial

#BeyondTheRoom has taken digital participation in events to a new level – brilliant. #SolentConf17
– Sarah Chapman on Twitter

Mentimeter

André used the Mentimeter system to run an interactive Q&A throughout his keynote talk

#MHQT Women’s Mental Health public discussion, London, Jul 2017

In our fourth ‘Mental Health Question Time’ event, we brought together a diverse panel of knowledgeable women to discuss whether mental health services really are taking into account the specific needs of women.

  • What are the specific mental health needs of women?
  • Are there inherent biases in how health services operate towards women and men?
  • If so, is it at the level of access, diagnosis, treatment, or other support?
  • Should sex really matter?
  • Our expert panel debated: how can mental health services deliver for women?

Impact and reach

As with previous Mental Health Question Time events, this one-hour public discussion had fantastic online reach, with 362 people participating in the Twitter conversation, sending 1.2k tweets and totalling 9.2m impressions.

 

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Blogs

Violence and women’s mental health: new review summarises the evidence