Powerpoints from the day:


Substance misuse in boys and young men

Young men and gangs

Self harm in boys and young men


Chair: Cynthia Joyce, Chief Executive of MQ: Transforming Mental Health 

10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:30 Introduction 

10:35 The Stranger on the Bridge. Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourne, Mental Health Campaigners

Their journey together began in 2008, when Neil found Jonny standing on the edge of Waterloo Bridge in London and talked him out of taking his own life.  6 years later, in 2014, Jonny launched a campaign on Twitter to find and thank the man who had stopped him taking his own life – #FindMike. It became a global news campaign which reunited them and now they have united to campaign around the issues of mental health and suicide,The story of their journey was made into a TV documentary, The Stranger on the Bridge, which aired on Channel 4 in 2015 which has won a number of awards and is currently being aired internationally. In addition to talking about their story, they will be speaking about de-stigmatisation; the charities that exist to help boys and young men who are struggling as well as preventative suggestions

11:35  Break

12:00 Self Harm, Both Direct and Indirect – Addressing Unhelpful Coping Strategies in Young Men and Q&A. Andrew Caress, Mental Health Trainer. Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

This session will look at expanding our understanding of self harm behaviours, both direct and indirect, with specific relation to boys and young men. It will look at the motivation behind this behaviour, and discuss how we can challenge the behaviour safely and effectively. It will include information about practical approaches that can be taken by those working with young men

13:00 Substance Misuse in Boys and Young Men and Q&A. Dr. Tania Salvo, Clinical Psychologist and Sophie Mitter, Trainee Clinical Psychologist. The Brandon Centre

This session will aim to give participants a theoretical and practical framework for
supporting young men who are experiencing difficulties with substance misuse. Topics
covered will be: Basic psychoeducation around substance misuse, reasons why young people may start using substances, gender differences in substance use, ways to initiate conversations about substance misuse with young men, options of further support and interventions and information about local services – where to get help

13: 40 Lunch and Networking Opportunity

14:35 Eating Disorders in Young Men: Their Rise, The Risks and Our Response and Q&A. James Downs, Mental Health Campaigner and Trustee of ‘Men get Eating Disorders Too’

James Downs (28) has experienced severe eating difficulties throughout his teens and twenties and now campaigns and works with services to put lived experience at the heart of responses to mental health problems. James’s thought-provoking presentation will range from insights into his own personal experience of ill health and recovery, to considering the wider changes needed to help prevent young men from developing eating disorders and promoting early, effective intervention when they do.

15:25 Reducing Youth Offending and Gang Violence in Young Men Using Mental Health Interventions and Q&A. Dr Richard Grove, Clinical Psychologist and Team Lead of Project 10/10

This presentation aims to provide a brief look at a novel approach to working with young people (particularly young men) affected by gangs and gang affiliation. The presentation will touch on some of the reasons some young people become involved in gangs, and how a mental health intervention is currently being used in some areas of London to address this problem.

15:55 Final Words

16:00 Close


How to book:

Cost: £35 or £25 for students or those on benefits and unwaged. For enquiries regarding the £25 tickets please contact me directly by email. Please note, this conference is already very heavily subsidised and the tickets are for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. To book tickets, either use the Eventbrite widget on the homepage of the website or go straight to the Eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/responding-to-mental-illness-in-boys-and-young-men-tickets-36251698807?aff=es2


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