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Talking Mental Health & Wellness

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As a School, Godolphin recognises that good mental health and wellness is significant at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

We realise it is our responsibility to provide up to date, thought-provoking and informative sessions for parents and pupils alike. Talking Mental Health and Wellness seeks to do exactly this. Every member of our community exists on the continuum of mental health which affects our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing and therefore how we think, act and feel, how we relate to others, react to stress, and make choices. Our aim is to promote positive mental health which allows our community to realise their full potential and make meaningful contributions, as well as equip our pupils with the resilience, positive emotions and practices they can use beyond their school years.

On Friday 5 November 2021, Godolphin will host the Third annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. This year, we focus on mental health and wellness as we return to school and how as parents, we can best support our young people after 18 months of uncertainty. Keynote speakers include Dr Nick Baylis and Natasha Devon MBE. Both are inspirational speakers, and I am sure will offer some no-nonsense much needed guidance for us all. As with last year’s conference, the knowledge and expertise of our speakers is both diverse and relevant. Other speakers include Alicia Drummond from Teen Tips who will give us practical strategies to help our children fulfil their potential, Dr Nihara Krause, a specialist in eating disorders and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs whose personal experience has shaped the charity which she set up. We will also be hearing from Tasha Lawton, who has developed her own comprehensive series of curriculum-aligned resources, covering alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, gender-based violence, periods, sex, sexuality and suicide and self-harm. Jo Reeves from Barefoot Coaching, will be addressing the emotional needs of children. We also look forward to hearing what Dr Emma Ross has to say on how to use sport and exercise as a vehicle to reframe attitudes towards the female body.

Jenny Price, Deputy Head Pastoral

Please Note: Due to the current COVID-19 situation and feedback from members of our community, we have taken the decision to move our event online, to ensure the safety of our speakers and of course our ticket holders.

The good news is that now the event is online, there will be no limit to the talks you can listen to and you will be able to hear from all our speakers, The talks will also be available to you for up to two weeks. We ran this same event online last year and over 600 people really enjoyed the conference. We hope this will be the same this year.

Our line up of speakers will remain the same, with the exception of John Perry, who has sadly had to withdraw from the conference due to personal reasons.

We ask all of our ticket holders if they have any questions for any of the speakers, please email events@godolphin.org with your questions and we will email them to the speakers and upload their answers on a Q&A section on our website after the event.

Please do get in touch if you have any other questions at all. We thank you for your understanding.

Tickets are now available - click here.

  • Dr Nick Baylis is a Life-Skills Psychologist, Coach & Psychotherapist, who taught The Science of Well-Being at his alma mater, Cambridge University, for 8 years. Nick also wrote Penguin Book’s Rough Guide to Happiness, and over 100 weekly columns for The Times as Dr FeelGood. His latest book is six-hours on audio called Courageous Psychology.
  • Alicia Drummond from Teen Tips whose tips have been hugely beneficial to our school communities during lockdown.
  • Dr Emma Ross was, until recently, the Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport, leading the sports scientists working across Olympic and Paralympic sports and leading the Female Athlete Programme. This programme delivered education to coaches, athletes and sports practitioners to better understand the exercising female, how to capitalise and cope with her physiology and psychology in the context of sport. Emma recently co-founded The WellHQ, to continue this mission to tackle the taboo’s, educate and empower people in sport and beyond.
  • Jo Reeves is an innovative, professional transformational change coach, who is passionate about building confidence, self-belief and self-worth that sticks.
  • Tasha Lawton is an experienced media professional with over 20 years' experience in storytelling and branded, short and long form content. Spanning global broadcast, online and independent client platforms. She has spent years leading teams and working with, building and developing national and international brand partnerships and stakeholder integrity both in Australia and the UK.
  • Natasha Devon MBE is a writer, presenter & activist. She tours schools, universities and events throughout the UK and beyond, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender & equality. She presents on LBC 7-9pm every Saturday and writes regularly for Grazia Magazine.
  • Fiona Spargo-Mabbs is Director and Founder of The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, a drug and alcohol education charity which she set up in 2014 in response to the death of her 16-year-old son Daniel having taken ecstasy.
  • Dr Nihara Krause is an award-winning Consultant Clinical Psychologist, lecturer, international speaker and founder and CEO of stem4, teenage mental health charity. She works as a clinician with older adolescents and adults and has specific expertise in eating disorders, self-harm and clinical perfectionism. She has a keen interest in providing tools to build resilience from birth through to adulthood.
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Tickets for this year's Talking Mental Health and Wellbeing are now available.

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