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Early years focus for mental health conference

Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Delegates at the All Wales Mental Health Promotion Network annual conference will discuss the importance of early years development on mental health and wellbeing.
 
The conference, being held in Cardiff on 25 January will hear from Huw Lewis AM, Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, as well as Robin Balbernie who will talk about the impact of social and environmental factors on child development and mental health in later life.
 
Over 120 delegates will see a production from the Geese Theatre Company who present interactive drama and conduct workshops related to the theme of the conference. The performances are designed to challenge, provoke discussion and debate, and to raise awareness with regard to specific issues. 
 
Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB, Chair of the All Wales Mental Health Promotion Network said, “Health is affected by a range of factors such as where we live, work and learn. The importance of early years development on mental health and wellbeing is of vital significance to understanding and improving the health of the population of Wales.   
 
“The Network Advisory Board is committed to bringing colleagues together to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Wales. I look forward to seeing real progress made as a result of discussions and information shared at today’s conference.”
 
Also at the conference will be the presentation by Huw Lewis AM of two projects with the Public Health Wales Good Practice Award. The two projects run by Ceredigion Public Health Team and Action for Children have awarded the Good Practice award from the Public Health Wales Good Practice Scheme which aims to recognise and support good practice in initiatives in the fields of nutrition, physical activity, mental health promotion and sexual health.
 
Malcolm Ward, Principal Health Promotion Specialist for Public Health Wales commented; “Public Health Wales has an important role to play in promoting and sharing good practice. This scheme recognises projects which employ good practice and promote evidence based work.
 
“I am delighted that projects run by Ceredigion Public Health Team and Action for Children have achieved the Good Practice award and hope that by highlighting their work, more projects will employ good practice.”
 
Presentations will be available on the All Wales Mental Health Promotion Network website after the conference.
 
Further information:
 
Mind Your Heart – Ceredigion Public Health Team
 
 
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