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.
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.
The HeadStart Spring Conference took place on 27th April at the Wolverhampton Science Park. The event saw over 200 professionals and partners from the health, education, welfare, police and voluntary sectors come together to discuss mental wellbeing, education and the promotion of resilience in young people.
We were asked to live tweet the event by working closely with the Headstart team, and also carry out a small number of podcast interviews.
Our involvement saw the usual dramatic increase in online conversation and engagement, even though this was a local event in Wolverhampton with quite a local agenda and focus.
We will be returning to Headstart events later in the year to help take them #BeyondTheRoom once again.