Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing; Current Evidence and Practice. How can I Contribute?

Date: Wed 15 May 2019, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Coventry University, Richard Crossman Building; Jordan Well, CV1

Delegate costs:

  • £60 for members
  • £80 for non- members (inc free membership until 31st Dec 2019)
  • £10 students




Join us at our National Conference to learn about some of the most current and effective mental health promotion interventions. The focus will be on parents and carers, children and young people, the workplace and influencing mental health through the broader determinants of health.

We welcome those involved in public health and mental health promotion, mental health commissioners, practitioners, and those working on the wider determinants of mental health. Poster contributions are invited.

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Poster Presentations

We would like to invite submissions for potential poster presentations at the Conference. Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words outlining the subject of your poster presentations. All submissions need to be in line with the Conference theme and can include subjects such as mental health in later years and difficult to reach groups. Presentations can report on research projects or on projects in practice and community settings. Abstracts can be submitted any time until 18 April 2019 All abstracts will be peer reviewed and you will be notified of acceptance by 25 April at the latest. Specific guidance for the posters will be circulated when abstracts are accepted.

Abstracts should be sent to:


Draft Conference Programme

Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing: Current Evidence and Practice. How can I contribute?


Programme: Morning Session

10am – 10.30am Registration and coffee


10.30am Welcome from Sylvia Cheater MBE, President IHPE

10.35am Welcome from Coventry University


IMAGE - Keynote speaker, IHPE conference 2019, Claire Robson10.40am Keynote Speaker: Claire Robson (Programme Manager, Children, Young People & Families), Life Course Team, Public Health England.

“Promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing – an evidence informed approach”

Claire Robson is an experienced public health programme manager working in Public Health England’s national Life Course team, leading on improving public health outcomes for children, young people and families. Claire’s experience spans local health improvement delivery, national and regional programme management, policy development and organisational design gained from working in a variety of roles across the NHS, the private sector and in regional and national government. Claire’s current role includes a focus on improving public mental health outcomes of children and young people.


11.20am Speaker: Deborah Hunter, Principal Educational Psychologist, Reading Borough Council.

“Promoting Mental Health for Young People”


11.50am Speaker: Gary Wootten, FCIM FRSA, Hitchmarketing.

“Promoting Mental Health Through Social Marketing”

Gary is founder of Hitch, a leading award-winning UK social behaviour change agency working with international brands, and has been contributing to the sector as a public health commissioner and marketing consultant for many years.  During his career in social marketing and behaviour change, he has worked on and led many programmes, campaigns and projects with central and local government, international charities and corporates on health, wellbeing and sustainability challenges.

He is perhaps best known for his contributions to rolling out and scaling Alcohol Change UK’s  Dry January campaign – an international social movement which continues to annually engage millions to reflect on and reduce harmful alcohol drinking habits. Briefs in recent years have been as diverse as: programme directing community services for families in crisis; designing refugee anti-stigma national programmes; convincing rail users to travel safely; engaging street drinkers to access support services; and transforming the way parents think about accessing health services.  As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Member of the Market Research Society, Gary focusses his energy on designing insight driven solutions whilst bringing together partners, technology and new ways of thinking to ultimately challenge attitudes and change behaviours for the social – and sustainable – good.


12.15pm – 1.15pm Lunch and Poster Exhibition


Programme: Afternoon Session:


1.15 Speaker: Sylvia Cheater MBE, President IHPE

“The Institute of Health Promotion and Education, its History and Future”

Sylvia has a background in public health and dental public health at local and regional level.  Previous roles include Regional Food and Nutrition Lead for the Department of Health NW where she was responsible for the implementation and evaluation of public health programmes to reduce inequalities.  These included ‘Best Start for Life’ (guidance for food, nutrition, play and physical activity for early years childcare) which was implemented regionally through a local authority and primary care partnership.  In the school setting she was responsible for the delivery of the National School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme for the NW Region.  Her particular interests are around reducing inequalities, food and nutrition, oral health and early years.  She is a Lay Member (patient and public engagement) of the governing body of NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group where she is Chair of the Primary Care Co-commissioning Committee and the Patient and Public Advisory Group.

Sylvia is a trustee of Henry (health exercise and nutrition for 0-5 years) and was awarded the MBE in 2016 for voluntary work with women and communities in Cheshire.


1.25pm Speaker: Sylvia Tilford, Past President IHPE

“The Principles of the Ottowa Charter and Promoting Mental Health”

After teaching in secondary schools and further education Sylvia worked at Leeds Beckett University for 30 years.  She led the International M.Sc course in Health Promotion and Education, founded the Centre for Health Promotion Research and undertook a wide variety of national and international consultancies.  She has co-authored books on health promotion theory and practice and on mental health promotion and also published on evidence based practice, the Ottawa Charter, and health promotion in school and workplace settings.  She has been a member of IHPE for many years and was President from 2016-18. Mental health promotion has been a major focus throughout her professional life.



1.55pm Speaker: Dr Diane Phimister, Ph.D, MA, PG Cert, BA (Hons),  R.N.M. Lead for MHFA at Coventry University.

“Mental Health First Aid”

Dr Diane Phimister is a registered mental health nurse with over 30 years’ experience of working in both mental health clinical settings and in Higher Education. Diane has the lead for mental health at Coventry University and is working with colleagues from across the CU group towards developing a whole university approach to mental health including the development of a focussed service underpinned by a sustainable ‘doable’ strategy. Diane also leads a team of mental health first aiders who have trained over 2000 students and around 500 staff in mental health first aid.


2.25pm Keynote Speaker: Sean Russell, West Midlands Police Mental Health Lead and Director of Implementation for West Midlands Mental Health Commission.

“Promoting Workplace Mental Health and Reducing Mental Health Inequalities”

Sean Russell is Superintendent within West Midlands Police. He is currently seconded to the West Midlands Combined Authority as the Director of Implementation for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Radical Prevention. He has spent most of his 25 years’ service within Birmingham Command Units in operational roles. He spent three years as a public protection manager where he was the Senior Investigation Officer for a number of child homicides and domestic related murders. He has also worked in Birmingham City Centre and the surrounding areas where he was responsible for partnership engagement and NH policing delivery.

Sean has a keen interest in policing mental Health and the impact this has for both the service user and the police. He led the development of MH triage project and is involved in the National Liaison and Diversion Pilot where mental health staff work more closely with the Criminal Justice System and the development of community sentence options.

He currently leads a large number of programmes including Thrive into work, Thrive at work and 500,000 literacy campaign. He is determined to ensure the West Midlands approach to wellbeing is embedded in all policies and improves the impact of poor health inequalities through better connectivity across the system.


3.00pm Speakers Panel and Conclusions

3.45pm Closing remarks