Salford professor joins Ruby Wax at mental health conference

Thursday 13 February 2014
Professor Tony Warne

The University’s Professor Tony Warne will join comedian Ruby Wax as guest speaker at a conference exploring mental and emotional wellbeing.

‘Mental Health: Everyone’s Business’ North West Mental Health Conference has been organised by Start in Salford, a local charity which promotes wellbeing and recovery through creative arts-based activities.

The event, which is being sponsored by the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, will discuss mental health issues from recognition and coping strategies to raising awareness.  It will also examine the role that public and community care services have in supporting better health outcomes for people with mental health conditions.

Professor Warne said: “The University has been very active in supporting the Start in Salford charity and I’m looking forward to taking part in the conference.

“I’m going to be talking about what we can do to help our mental health and wellbeing and also what we understand mental health to be.  I’ll be discussing what we can do to keep ourselves in ‘a good place’.”

Other confirmed speakers include the Ian Stewart, the Mayor of Salford, John Woodcock MP and Dr Tom Tasker, Clinical Lead for Mental Health Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Michelle Dennett of Start in Salford said: "We are thrilled at the response the conference has already had. Our aim is to get everyone talking about mental health to put it firmly on the map and most importantly reduce the stigma which sadly still exists."

The conference takes place in Peel Hall on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, from 9.30am until 3.30pm. Tickets cost £60 per person.

For more information or to book a ticket, go to the Start In Salford website.