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GO Parent 2019

GO Parent, Wednesday 6 November 2019

Talking Mental Health & Wellbeing.

GO Parent is a one day event offering parents a series of talks by professionals in the industry.

Tickets for the event are £5 and can be purchased here.

The speakers who will be joining us are below.



Sean Fletcher, keynote speaker

‘Beating the ‘bully’ of OCD and breaking the stigma’

Sean Fletcher Sean has been broadcasting on the BBC, ITV and Sky for more than 15 years, presenting a range of programmes including Countryfile, Good Morning Britain, and Panorama, for whom he fronted an investigation into the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. The programme was based on his own family’s experiences when his son, Reuben, had to wait 9 months for the right level of OCD treatment, and as a consequence missed a year of school and spent 6 months in hospital. Sean talks on the pressures parents face when their child has a mental illness - from blaming themselves to balancing work and family life with care, and beating the ‘parental stigma’ to navigating the underfunded and overstretched services. Specialisms: Parenting and mental health; navigating CAMHS; ocd; modern masculinity; mental health in the media; mental health in minority ethnic groups.


Dr Linda Papadopoulos, keynote speaker

‘Wellbeing in our online world'

One of the most recognisable and well-respected psychologists working in the UK today, Dr Linda Papadopoulos has built an outstanding reputation in both academia and broadcasting. A hugely successful psychologist, author, keynote speaker, columnist, host and broadcaster, Dr Linda’s analysis on current affairs, trends and human behaviour is highly sought after and syndicated around the world.

A Chartered Counselling and Health Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, she has worked in various treatment settings both privately, with her own practice and publicly in the NHS. In her 20 years as a Chartered Psychologist, she has gained extensive experience in the counselling of individuals, couples and families and has established and headed successful post-graduate and doctoral programmes in psychology.

Her work has informed government policy, most notably heading up a highly acclaimed independent review for the Home Office on the effects of sexualisation on young people, presenting the research at the European Parliament. She is frequently invited to sit on medical advisory boards and her prolific research into body image and Psychodermatology has informed clinical guidelines on the treatment of dermatological conditions and in particular, acne.

Her recent work on the impact of social media on mental and cognitive health has received widespread recognition and she has sat on a number of advisory boards for corporations including Google. She is currently an ambassador for Internet Matters, a not for profit organization advising parents on how to help children navigate the online world.

With an array of credits in broadcast, radio and print media, Dr Linda has fronted shows for channels and networks including the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and TLC, as well as presenting features for ITV’s This Morning and Good Morning Britain, BBC’s The One Show, and C5’s The Wright Stuff, and is a regular commentator on Sky News. She has also presented programmes and provided commentary for numerous American and international television and radio networks including CNN, CBS, CNBC, BBC International, VH1 and MTV to name but a few. True Crime series Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer featuring Dr Linda, offers insight on the psyche of some of the world’s most notorious serial killers, and is available on Netflix. She has also fronted the US series Autopsy: The Final Hours which is set to broadcast in the UK later this year and has recently finished filming Breaking the Band which will air in the US and worldwide on Netflix in early 2019.

As well as a successful career on screen, Dr Linda recently launched her own podcast series The Psychology Behind. The podcast addresses the issues and challenges society faces, offering topical discussion and evidence-based advice with weekly guests and contributors. Dr Linda was also the contributing editor and resident psychologist at Cosmopolitan magazine for over 15 years and also writes psychology and lifestyle features for various national newspapers and magazines.

Dr Linda is widely published in academic journals and has written several academic and self-help books. Her edited text on Psychodermatology, published by Cambridge University Press, is considered seminal in the field. Her publications include Unfollow, Whose Life is it Anyway?, The Man Manual, Mirror Mirror: Dr. Linda’s Body Image Revolution and What Men Say, What Women Hear. Dr Linda is also co-author of academic books and texts Psychodermatology: The Psychological Impact of Skin Disorders, Reporting in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Understanding Skin Problems, Becoming a Therapist: A Manual for Personal and Professional Development of Counsellors and Psychological Approaches in Dermatology.

Dr Linda has worked with a wide array of brands, corporate and private clients, from pharmaceutical giants to Women’s Empowerment Forums. Regularly invited to share insight, she has presented at events including the prestigious World Congress of Dermatology, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology Symposium, the Merz Aesthetic Expert Summit and the ‘Act of Red’ Global Launch for Galderma SA.

Dr Linda has been invited to speak at several TEDx talks, has contributed to panel discussions and delivered keynotes for a range of national and international bodies including Mumsnet, Women in Business, Save the Children, K2 Corporate Mobility, Bloomberg, WOW Festival, schools and universities, as well as addressing the annual meeting of the Canada UK Chamber.

Engaged by large corporations and brands to offer insight into consumer behaviour, conduct research and analyse data, Dr Linda advises on making the often complex messages behind brand research more relevant for consumers. She has worked with several global brands including Dior, Renault, Very, Huawei, Diageo and O2.

A trusted voice, with a distinguished career both on and off screen, Dr Linda promotes a philosophy, underpinned by a wealth of experience and dedicated research, that promotes and encourages people to develop a healthy self-esteem and body image. She was recently awarded the prestigious EVCOM Fellowship Award in recognition of her outstanding and prolific academic publication record and for being an exceptional communicator, both as an author and broadcaster.

Bio from Siren Talent website.


Hope Virgo

‘Me and my best friend anorexia; a harrowing but inspiring story of recovery’

Hope Virgo Hope is author of Stand Tall Little Girl and a leading advocate for people with eating disorders. She’s also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various news platforms including BBC Newsnight, Good Morning Britain and Sky News. Hope shares her own story of anorexia and recovery to deliver a powerful and inspiring talk. Specialisms: Eating Disorders.


Satveer Nijjar, Winner of ‘Most Inspirational Person of the Year’ 2018 at the MBBC Awards

‘Attention Seekers? What is self-harm really about?'

Satveer has had a passion for reducing stigma around mental health since she herself became affected. This year she won the public vote for ‘Most Inspirational Person of the Year’ 2018 at the Midlands Business Community and Charity Awards. Her experiences as a patient and more recently as a parent of a child with mental illness have helped shape her career. Her main focus is upon improving understanding of, and response to self-harm behaviours.

After beginning with the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2006 on the Better Services for People Who Self-harm Project she was quickly supported in providing her own lived experience at conferences and then within training courses.

In 2012 she graduated with a First-Class Honours in Psychology, winning the Bernice McAuley Memorial Prize for her dissertation on self-harm and the role of culture. From this point her focus became on the creation and delivery of sessions on self-harm awareness.

Over the last 7 years she has successfully set-up ‘Attention Seekers Training’. Through the business she delivers her own CPD Accredited Self-harm Awareness course nationally alongside PSHE/PDC student sessions, parent awareness sessions, conference talks and workshops. Though the majority of her deliveries are for education-based staff and students, she also delivers to housing staff, doctors, nurses, social workers among others. Some of the media work Satveer has been involved in includes having a video featured on Head Talks, written for the Boarding Schools Association Magazine and featured Natasha Devon’s best-selling book ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental’.

All her sessions are consistently met with excellent feedback with specific comments referring to the delivery style, relevance and enjoyability of the course.

Some of Satveer’s recent clients include;

The Boarding Schools Association, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Scottish Independent Schools Council, MHFA England, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, St Johns Ambulance, The Samaritans.

The key for Satveer is combining lived experience and academics to provide robust sessions that remove the taboo of self-harm and suicide to not only increase the confidence of professionals in providing support but also for those who self-harm to feel empowered to seek support.

Satveer is also able to provide talks at conferences sharing her lived experience of self-harm, suicidal ideation and mental ill health. These talks share her journey of being at her lowest to how she has managed to get to the stage in life where she is now – living not surviving.


Dr Claire Hardaker

‘Online harms: the risks and realities of children online’

Claire primarily researches aggression, deception, and manipulation in computer-mediated communication (CMC), including phenomena such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming. She tends to take a forensic linguistic approach, based on a corpus linguistic methodology, but due to the multidisciplinary nature of her research, she also inevitably branch out into areas such as psychology, law, and computer science.


James Shone

‘Inflating balloons of self-belief’

I Can & I Am is a charity with a passion to inspire confidence and to ‘inflate balloons of self belief’. The charity was founded by the inspirational educational speaker James Shone who visits hundreds of schools and businesses every year speaking to educators, parents, pupils and employees. Valuable funds are raised by the charity to enable the messages of ‘I Can & I Am’ to be spread to as many individuals as possible across the UK and around the world.


Alastair Speers

‘Celebrating disappointment’

Alastair is Head at Sandroyd Prep School - a co-educational prep in the stunning grounds of the Rushmore Estate. Alastair believes childhood should be relished, enjoyed and remembered fondly with pastoral care at the core of this. His recent article 'Facing Disappointment' can be found here.


Amy Forbes-Robertson

‘Ages and stages – what to talk about and when’

Over the last 15 years, Amy Forbes-Robertson (BA, MPhil, PGCE, QTS) has worked in Education. During this time, Amy has interacted with young people and their parents, carers and teachers; as a volunteer, a project leader, a community outreach worker, in youth work, as a school governor and as a secondary-school classroom teacher (KS3 & KS4).

Amy is also responsible for running the Beacons Project at The Hay Literature Festival. Furthermore, Amy is currently an accredited trainer for Cambridge Assessment International Examinations delivering teacher training both in the UK and abroad.

Working alongside Alex Fryer, (formerly www.alexandrafryer.com), a nurse and medical practitioner. They have formed It Happens. Alex and Amy deliver gentle and age-appropriate messages about Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Moreover, they provide friendly and accurate information answering the many questions young people have about puberty, body image, confidentiality, masturbation, pornography, pleasure, sexting, delaying the onset of sexual activity, healthy relationships, LGBT issues, consent, STIS, contraception, festivals, gap years and university. They pride themselves on honesty and a good sense of humour, and their 'straight-talking' has been well received by over 200 schools across the UK.

It Happens Education LLP is also working closely with ‘The Sex Education Forum’ on their 2019 ‘Countdown to Statutory RSE Conference’, as well as contributing to current research projects gleaning student opinions on Relationships and Sex Education. More recently, Alex and Amy have been carrying out advisory and consultancy work in television & media exploring the history of Sex Education in society.

Through her years of experience, Amy intrinsically understands the lives of teenagers in a school-setting. She has been closely involved in pastoral care and safeguarding issues and is familiar with the challenges that young people face as they experiment with their own identity, friendships and relationships. Amy supports the view that providing young people with good information is vital. She believes that talking honestly about bodies, relationships, sex and their recreational lives is a key factor in enabling young people to make better choices... It happens, let’s talk about it!


Kevin West

‘An online safety workshop from the NSPCC’

NSPCC Schools Service Area Coordinator keeping children safe online.

The NSPCC Schools Service (formerly ChildLine Schools Service) has a range of services schools and parents, many of which are available online.

This free programme currently delivers safeguarding assemblies and workshops to all primary school children from Reception to Year 6, with additional workshops for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. The aim is to visit every primary school in the UK at least every 2 years. Sessions are delivered by vetted and experienced staff and volunteers. Safeguarding messages help ensure children:

  • Know what abuse is in all its forms, including bullying
  • Know how to keep themselves safe
  • Can identify someone to speak to if they are worried about anything
  • Develop an awareness of inappropriate films, games and messages (including pictures)
  • Understand how to stay safe when talking online

The assemblies and workshops focus on keeping children happy and safe; helping them to develop:

  • An understanding of different forms of harm that children can experience
  • Knowledge of how they can protect themselves by talking with trusted adults
  • Awareness of how to get help
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