Think Family Mental Health


Presentations and practical advice from local experts on key mental health issues that challenge family well-being, happiness and our young people’s ‘mind health’
Price: £7.50 Advance. £10 Door


Debbie Hayes
Flourish / Sleeptalk
Helen Jones
Mindgift Ltd
Jo Howarth
The Happiness Club
Katie Hughes
No Rain No Rainbows
Natacha Thompson
Accord Counselling Services
Ros Edlin
Toni Mackenzie
Inner Depths


November 10, 2016 - 7:00 pm


November 10, 2016 - 10:00 pm


Ravenbank Community Primary School, Pepper Street, Lymm, WA13 0JT   View map

Mental Health Awareness

STRESS, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide, bullying, eating and sleep disorders, substance abuse, happiness, emotional resilience, mindfulness – all words that are now used on a daily basis in the media.

What do we really know – and what should we know about the challenges that mental health themes such as these pose for the future well-being of our family and especially our young people?

Consider some facts (via Young Minds, Mind, the Mental Health Foundation and the Samaritans):

  • 1 in 4 of us will face a mental health problem in our lives;
  • 1 in 5 women aged 16-24 reported self-harming in 2014;
  • 1 in 10 suicides in the UK are by those aged 15-24;
  • Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin at 14;
  • Rates of anxiety amongst teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years;
  • 55% of children bullied develop depression as adults;
  • 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems costing employers approx £2.4 billion a year.

The stats go on and on….and are scary! Take anyone you know, then add in a group of friends and do the maths.

Modern society is challenging our young people as they try to navigate the pressures of materialism, social media, family breakdown, bullying, violence, and sexualisation amongst other factors. Regardless of how well we may parent, families may well find themselves on the brink of difficult times and it is clear that almost every one of us will be touched directly or indirectly by mental health issues in our lifetime. It pervades all walks of life and levels of affluence and transcends all social, cultural, religious and gender boundaries.

The next ‘Think Family’ workshop will bring local experts to local people for an evening of presentations covering family well-being, happiness and our young people’s ‘mind health’.

The event is for adults only and is open to all members of the local community, not just school parents.
Entry: £7.50 Advance. £10 Door. Colony Community runs as a not-for-profit project and entrance fees cover event costs and a donation to the hosting school PTA.
PTA refreshments available also support the host school.
Online registration from this page or via the Facebook event page (see link below) is advised. Booking via the event flyers circulated via Lymm primary schools.

Event Programme (subject to adjustment):

Session 1:
18.30 – Doors open, Registration, Refreshments & Social
19.00/19.10 – Welcome & Introductions
19.15 – Keynote Speaker 1 – Facing up to Stress. Ros Edlin, Stresswatch.
19.30 – Keynote Speaker 2 – Abuse & Self Harm: From Disconnect to Reconnect. Katie Hughes, No Rain No Rainbows.
19.45 – Keynote Speaker 3 – Anxiety – Is it genetic or learnt? Helen Jones, Mindgift.
20.00 – Keynote Speaker 4 – Mindset & the benefits of physical activity. State or Mind/Wolves Foundation.
20.10 – Spotlight Intro’s  – Wolves Foundation, Journey Back to Life, Livewire Fit to Tackle, Inner Treasure Play Therapy Centre, other TBC

20.20-20.40 – INTERVAL

Session 2:
20.45 – Keynote Speaker 5 – Positivity & Self–Esteem: Make your influence positive. Debbie Hayes, Goulding Sleeptalk Consultant.
21.00 – Keynote Speaker 6 – Building Resilience in Children. Jo Howarth, The Happiness Club
21.15 – Keynote Speaker 7 – Happiness is an inside job: 7-Steps to change how you feel by changing how you think. Toni MacKenzie, Inner Depths
21.30 – Keynote Speaker 8 – Relationships & Communication: Conversation about Relating. Natacha Thompson, Accord Counselling
21.45 – Round up, Q&A, Thanks
22.00 – Close

Ravenbank Community Primary School, Lymm, WA13 OJT

About Colony Community events:
Colony Community is a non-profit making community initiative run by local parent, Kirsty James, who is currently seeking sponsorship and funding to provide community and parental engagement events that offer information and support on family well-being issues. Any revenue generated from events covers event costs and any remaining funds are reinvested back into the project to run future events.

Information, links and resources will be offered to attendees and also added to the resources page of this website as they become available. Click here to view

Our panel includes a number of local experts from the private sector as well as charitable and support organisations. Speakers will choose to share advice and opinion from their work in private practice but this does not necessarily constitute the views of Colony nor the statutory authorities.  Speaker details will be added to the Speakers page of this website as they become available. Click here to view

All parties are selected carefully to ensure they are sufficiently qualified and experienced to speak on their subject matter. Often, speakers are parents or guardians themselves too. Colony does not control presentation content but, by acting as a vehicle to coordinate parties and facilitate events, will always review the credentials of speakers before events occur. Colony does not endorse the advice or opinion of any single company or organisation and cannot provide personal advice or support. Information obtained from our events or our web resources is provided in good faith but it is for the end consumer to cast judgement on how it may be used. Colony may not be held liable for actions taken  as a result of information obtained via our events.

More Info & FAQ:
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To download the event flyer, click the link below

Colony Community Think Mental Health Workshop Flyer Nov 2016


Pre-booking is advised as numbers will be limited. Click Register for advance booking price