Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

Keynote title: "Four Practical Strategies to Improve the Mental Well-Being of Young People"

Pooky's thoughtful, research-backed keynote was a practical guide to supporting young people, and included links to wide range of amazing resources.

Pooky has shared the slides and resources from her keynote onto her website inourhands.com:

Pooky's keynote presentation (video)

About Pooky

Website: inourhands.com
Twitter: @PookyH

Pooky directs the children, young people and schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity that provides fully-funded mental health training to schools. She is also vice chair of the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, a trustee for Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, and associate fellow for the Anna Freud Centre’s EBPU.


Pooky is a passionate ambassador for mental health who loves to research, write, speak, teach and share all manner of ideas about mental health, wellbeing and PSHE.  Her enthusiasm is backed up both by a PhD in child and adolescent mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, and her own lived experience of anorexia, self-harm, anxiety and depression.

Pooky’s recent publications include “Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools: A Guide to Whole School Support and Practical Strategies”(Jessica Kingsley Publishing) and Department for Education funded “Guidance on preparing to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing which she led on in her role at the PSHE Association.  Her new books “Using Poetry to Promote Talking and Healing” and “The Healthy Coping Colouring Book and Journal” are out now.

Pooky in conversation with André Tomlin, aka The Mental Elf

Other HeadStart podcasts with Pooky:

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