Championing Children and Young People’s Mental Health Event - June 2021

On 28 June 2021, Lead Members were joined by a number of guest speakers from different agencies to discuss services for children and young people's mental health and how partners can work together to improve young people’s mental health.


The summary of the full meeting can be read here



Overview of mental health issues in London: Ian Lewis, the Local Authority Advisor for Child Mental Health at Healthy London Partnership (see slides here)

Child mental health – the ALDCS position: Tim Aldridge, the Director of Childrens Service at Newham and ALDCS policy lead role for children and young people’s mental health (see slides here)

London Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Paul Jenkins, Chair of Cavendish Square Group

Breakout Group 1: Prevention of young suicide - Priya Nagda-Swainson, Community Development Officer for London, Papyrus (watch breakout session here)

Breakout Group 2: Mental health support in schools and education settings - Jess Simpson, Senior Programme Manager, Healthy London Partnership (watch breakout session here)

Breakout Group 3: Eating disorders - Kerri Fleming, BEAT (watch breakout session here)

Plenary session: what next – with:

  • Tim Aldridge – Director of Children’s Services at LB Newham and ALDCS policy lead for children’s mental health
  • Dagmar Zeuner – Director of Public Health at LB Merton and Association of Directors of Public Health London lead for children and young people
  • Emma Christie – Head of Mental Health (London) at NHS England and NHS Improvement


The background briefing material can be read here.