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what it is, who is affected ... what help is available, and where.




Emily is the Head of Participation at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children [NSPCC]; giving ‘every child the best possible chance to rebuild their life after abuse’. 


Emily has been working for the organisation for 10 years and brings a practice background in advocacy, specialising in Young Offenders Institutes, illegal Traveller sites and with children in care. 


'We need to make sure that anyone working with a child, and parents and carers, have the confidence to notice the signs of mental health in children and get them that support instead of coming through in crisis,' explained Emily at the Fixing My Anxiety conference.



Eleanor is a Clinical Psychologist with the NHS Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service [CAMHS]. The CAMHS support includes depression, problems with food, self-harm, abuse, violence or anger, bipolar, schizophrenia and anxiety. She is also the team co-ordinator for the CAMHS Anxiety Service and Child Traumatic Stress Service.


With a degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, Dr Leigh now teaches and trains on cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT] for mood and anxiety disorders in young people.




Louise is the Parliamentary Manager at Mind; a mental health charity in England and Wales which offers information, advice and support to people with mental health problems.


‘There is so much to do and we are never complacent about the battle we’re facing to improve mental health support.’


She says: 'We have seen attitudes towards mental health improve significantly and as the stigma around mental health recedes, more people are now coming forward to seek support which is ultimately a good thing but unfortunately services are not able to keep up with that demand at the moment.




Kathrin is the Co-Director of the Researching Emotional Disorders and Development [REDD] Lab at the University of Oxford; a lab which researches the development of emotional and social behaviour across childhood and adolescence.


'My research looks at how we develop a brain that allows us to relate to each other and in particular how we develop networks that extract social information.


'With regards to anxiety, I’m interested in finding out how someone with anxiety may read these social signals differently from someone without anxiety.'  


Also a lecturer at the University of Surrey, she has founded the Social Brain & Development Lab to educate and encourage others to advance in this field.



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