Save the Date! The HeadStart Autumn Conference
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Save the Date! The HeadStart Autumn Conference

  • Wolverhampton Race Course

Save The Date - October 3rd 2017, Wolverhampton Race Course

Following the success of our Spring Conference, we are delighted to announce that the HeadStart Autumn Conference - a snappier name for the event is still to be agreed! - will take place on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at Wolverhampton Race Course. The conference will bring together experts in the fields of young person mental health and resilience, and will also include fantastic workshop opportunities for delegates.


Following the conference in the day time, in the evening we are planning a community festival and sharing event, bringing together young people, parents, and community organisations for an evening of learning, sharing, music and good food.

We're still working on the full agenda for the event, but are delighted to announce today that the keynote speaker at the daytime conference will be none other than Canadian comedian and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax.

Further keynote and workshop leaders will be announced soon, with tickets for the event going on sale shortly after. Save the date of October 3rd in your diary now, and follow HeadStart on Twitter, or FaceBook to make sure you know immediately when tickets are going on sale. We're really excited about this event, and would love you to join us for what promises to be a wonderful day of learning, discussion and sharing.

About Ruby Wax

Following her hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, Ruby Wax turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.  She is also an Alumna and Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent’s University London’s with an MA in Psychotherapy and Councelling, and a is Visiting Professor in the School of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey as well as holding an Honorary Doctorate from the School of Psychology from The University of East London.

She is the author of 2 best-selling books  'Sane New World’ and 'A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’ which combine neuroscience, mindfulness and comedy.  Her one-woman shows “Sane New World” and “Frazzled” have toured both internationally and in London’s West End.  She also founded Black Dog Tribe, a social networking site providing information and social support for people suffering with  mental health issues.  She presented her TedTalk at TedGlobal 2012  “What’s So Funny about Mental Illness”?,  She speaks at Parliament and Downing Street to raise money for neuroscience research and works tirelessly to break the stigma.  She is an ambassador for MIND and SANE charities and is on the board of the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families.

Ruby is currently launching her Frazzled Cafes in partnership with Marks and Spencer’s throughout the UK.  Each Marks and Spencer’s will close their cafes for two hours for groups to meet regularly.  These are not necessarily for people with Mental Health problems but for everyone who is frazzled, which is everyone. Based on the format of AA each group is run by a facilitator with a mental health background. 

In 2015 Ruby wax awarded an OBE for Services to Mental Health.