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This live discussion panel will explore why children & young adults have mental health challenges & what can be done to support each child.

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According to the Mental Health Foundation, 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. About 10% of children and young people (aged 5 - 16) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and young people who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. 1-in-4 children are at the highest level of self-harm. These statistics are alarming.

This live panel discussion will explore the issues relating to children's mental health and the reasons why so many young people are having mental challenges and suicidal thoughts. Why?

We would also look critically at the statistics of children's mental health challenges in the UK black community and in Africa. How concerned should we be? These are our children - the future generation.

The panel discussion will also address:-

  1. What risk factors may lead to a child having a mental crisis in the UK?
  2. What is identity crisis and how does it affect most black children in the UK? What are the impact of culture change, lack of representation, and denial of identity on a black child?
  3. What are the other risks factors (tradition, myths, stigmatization, ignorance about the extent of mental health problems, or mistaken beliefs) and how does it affect children in Africa?
  4. Can teachers or parents detect early when a child is having a mental breakdown and are they equipped to support the child? Are there tools readily available to aid detection? How can schools play a key role in safeguarding children, especially of the black community? Do the NHS and third-party sectors understand the support a black child needs to thrive? What role can parents play in preventing severe mental health crises in children?

We will also have an opportunity to hear a parent share his/her experience with a child with a mental breakdown and the support given.

Who should attend the webinar

  • Educators in the UK & Africa
  • Parents across the UK & Africa who needs to understand the well-being of their children and the support available.
  • Mental health organizations
  • Young people who are concerned about their mental well-being or the well-being of their friends.
  • Interested organizations, charities, Black networks, and communities.

Our panel line-up has been confirmed below:-

Chinyere Nduu Okoro - is a certified mental health facilitator by SMART recovery. She facilitates recovery meetings for addictive behaviours with the Resurgence Recovery centre in the city of Lagos. Founder, Emotional intelligence talk with Chi. She is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) with training in mental health therapy and counselling from the University of British Columbia, SMART Recovery, University of Virginia, and Yale University. She is McKinsey Forward Alumni and an active youth leader.

Kwabena Kusi-Mensah – is an award-winning Senior Specialist Psychiatrist, a common-wealth scholar, child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) professional with five years of clinical experience in CAMHS and nine years in mental health in West Africa. His passion for children and adolescents’ mental health led him to establish one of the earliest multi-disciplinary CAMH clinics in Ghana in 2017. His Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge is developing culturally appropriate tools for assessing executive and adaptive functioning for children and adolescents in West Africa, as well as risk factors affecting cognition and mental well-being. His work was recently featured on the University of Cambridge website and can be accessed here.

He is also a part-time Lecturer of Behavioural Sciences at the Department of School of Medicine and Dentistry at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Kwabena has won several awards and grants for early-career clinicians/researchers (ECRs) including the Donald Cohen Fellowship Award of the International Association of Child Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals (IACAPAP) in 2016, a World Psychiatry Association (WPA) Leadership Training Award, and Travel Fellowship in 2018, the Lasker Essay Prize awarded by the US-based Lasker Foundation in 2020. Kwabena maintains leadership roles in the African Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (AACAMH)- where he serves as Secretary-General, and the Psychiatric Association of Ghana where he serves as the Vice President.

Ebuka Obika Ede - is the Founder & CEO of Save the Boys Initiative. He is Youth/Boys/Men Development Coach. He is also the Convener of Boys Leadership Academy. He is into Boys Development and Youth Mentoring. He does this through Mentoring, coaching and training them in life, leadership and purpose, also by acting as parent partner. He sees to the total development of boys and advocates for their well-being. He has certificates in Emotional Intelligence, Teens Mentoring and Organizational Leadership.He is a graduate of Sociology with Msc in Organizational Leadership (in-view). He also has certificate in Non-Profit Leadership Management Course from Lagos Business School.

For over a decade, he has taught Boys, Teenagers and Youths in a unique, practical and humorous way to learn personal responsibility, breaking and overcoming addictions and leadership.

He is a TedX speaker and also speaks at Youth conferences, Seminars, Schools, Churches, Youth and Parents platforms. He offers consultancy services for individuals and families. As way of sharing feedback from my experience with the boys, we convene the 'Boys Leadership Academy', 'Total Men Online Summit'', Mentoring Clubs for Boys and convene the annual 'International Boys Conference' as a platform to train boys and men on how to positive and productive lives.

He received the National Volunteers Award in 2020 on his work for humanity and listed among the top 10 finalist for Nigeria Diversity Award. He is the Author of 'The Journey into Manhood' that is a great resource for Boys and young men.

Official Handles: 'Save the Boys Initiative' on all social media handles. www.savetheboynow.org

Idowu Omobolanle - is a mental health professional and educator, with qualifications in Education and Medical Sociology. She has over 4 years of experience in facilitating learning, providing education, and access to mental health resources. She is an alumnus of the Teach for Nigeria network, which ensured access to quality education for children in underserved communities. She volunteered with the Social Work Department of the University Health Services, University of Ibadan as a Medical Social Worker. She worked on identifying psychosocial needs of patients, responding to emergencies and managing necessary social and community services. In her work with the Lagos State Government as Mental health counsellor, she has provided effective psychosocial support, which includes assessment, counselling, action planning, and crisis intervention through the Lagos tele-behavioral health helpline called the Lagos Lifeline. She was part of the team that executed the Lagos Mental Health conference 2.0 which brought stakeholders together to map out a sustainable and collaborative response to the mental health needs of Lagos.

Oyinkansola Akinwande – a first-class honour graduate and Master’s degree in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Hertfordshire. Currently mental health advocate with a passion to offer assistance to improve the mental health of both individuals and the community.

Abraham Adetula - is a psychosocial officer with over 3 years of professional and research experience in the area of mental health literacy, advocacy, and education. Abraham obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Master's in Clinical psychology. Trained as an intern at neuro-psychiatric hospital Akure, federal neuro-psychiatric hospital Aro, Abeokuta, and University College Hospital Ibadan. He is highly skilled in mental health assessment and evaluation, psycho-education, psychotherapy, risk assessment, addiction & substance rehabilitation, conducting group therapy, family therapy, and mental capacity assessment. Abraham was the formal lead psychologist for Garki hospital Abuja, a Fellow of Young Africa Leadership Initiative (YALI) Accra and currently works as a mental health worker within the NHS.

Dr. Modupe Oba-Adenuga - is a Lecturer of the Department of Educational Psychology at Tai Solarin College of Education. She graduated with a B.A. (Ed.) Language Arts (English) and a Master’s Degree in Personnel Psychology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-iwoye Nigeria. She later bagged a doctorate degree in Applied Psychology (Educational). She is currently the Chairman, the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, Tai Solarin College of Education Chapter. Dr. Oba-Adenuga, Modupe Ayodele has worked in tertiary institutions for over two decades and has supervised several students' research projects. She is the Ag. Director, Guidance and Counselling Services, a member of the College Degree Accreditation Committee, School Board of Examiners Committee and Degree Quality Assurance Committee of Tai Solarin College of Education.

Dr. Oba-Adenuga has attended many local and international conferences and has published several articles in the areas of education, adolescent, and personnel psychology . She is one of the Editorial Board Members, COEASU, South-West Journal of Teacher Education. She is a member of many professional associations. Some of which are the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON), Nigerian Society for Educational Psychologists (NISEP), Association of Behavioural Research Analysts and Psychometricians (AB-REAP).

Apart from the academic world, Dr Oba-Adenuga has contributed immensely to the community. She is the General Secretary, Coalition of Women Associations in Ogun State (COWAOS), Patroness, Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade Nigeria, 1st Ijebu Central Company. She has received many awards. Notable among them is the Volunteer’s Award of Justice Development and Peace Commission appreciating her valuable contribution to the work of JDPC in community development in Ogun State and Nigeria in general.

Ibby Oshinowo - Ibby Oshinowo is an Educator currently with Robert Gordons College Aberdeen. A highly experienced teaching professional with a decade of experience and a track record of accomplishments in the education sector. Helped to ameliorate the learning experience of struggling pupils in the Sociology and SFL departments at various schools.

A passionate, hardworking, honest, committed team member and teacher; working to provide support and leadership/guidance to pupils, teachers, and parents in achieving the best for my pupils. Committed to securing excellence in all aspects of school life with the stamina to withstand the significant work demands. Working as a Support for Learning teacher for several years with the experience of liaising with teachers in various departments within the school. Supporting both teachers, pupils, and parents in their subjects and offering advice on how best to support and give alternative assessment arrangements for pupils.

A member of the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Liaison group; has attended conferences to support all kinds of Neurodiversity. Certificate in Mental Health first aid, Counselling Children and Adolescents, and a PGCE in Inclusive Practice from the University of Aberdeen. Registered with GTCS and GTCE.

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