This is our fifteenth Annual Mental Health Conference at Magee Campus and we are fortunate this year to collaborate with Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT) Cross Border Health and Social Care in supporting people to take control over their Mental Health and Wellbeing.

This conference will provide an opportunity to enhance the wealth of experience and knowledge that is gained through the exchange of ideas with conference delegates, within the mental health field and from the wider network of disciplines working within our cross border schools and communities both statutory and voluntary.

Inclusive to this invitation are persons who are experts by experience of mental health problems and their families.


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8.30am Registration and coffee

Opening Address: Mark H Durkan, MLA Foyle, Spokesperson for Health SDLP.


Keynote 1

Dr Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist At Adolescent Addictions Service HSE.

Clinical Senior Lecturer in Addictions (Public Health & Primary Care) Trinity College Dublin.

‘Adolescent Substance Use & Mental Health’.


Keynote 2

Bronagh Starrs, BA Dip Psychotherapy MIAHIP,

Founder & Director of Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute

‘Anxiety, School Refusal, Depression and Self- Harm in Adolescence’.

11.05am Tea and coffee
Conference exhibition and poster viewing

Keynote 3

Kieran Downey, Director of Women’s & Children’s Services & Executive Director of Social Work


‘Tackling Adversity in Childhood’

Edel O’Doherty, EU

INTERREG Innovation Recovery Project

‘Education for Resilience; A cross border approach to supporting people to take control over their Mental Health and Wellbeing’.

12.15pm /1pm

Platform Session One

Billie Hughes, Children's Services Manager & Lead Nurse – CAMHS Belfast and South Eastern Trust

‘Emotional health and wellbeing in teens related to gender identity’

1pm Lunch
Conference exhibition and poster viewing

Keynote 4

Noella Mc Connellogue Zest

‘Young People and Emotional Well-being’

2.45pm/ 3.30pm

Platform Session Two

Sharon Ferguson, Mental Health Service Reform with service User Experts

‘No wrong Door’

3.30pm Tea and coffee
Conference exhibition and poster viewing - Great Hall

Keynote 4

Fergus Cumiskey, CEO Contact NI

‘Understanding Suicide Prevention: the unifying human rights quest of our times’.

4.45pm Close

Registration & Fees

8.30am - 4.45pm (Registration opens 8am)


  • £80 Full Day Rate
  • £40 Student Discounted Rate

There are a limited number of concessionary places available by arrangement directly with conference organisers for registered charities and service users.

The above fees include lunch, refreshments and conference documentation.

For further information on the event, please contact:

Ms Marie O'Neill, Conference Manager
Ulster University
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
School of Nursing
Magee campus
Northland Road
BT48 7JL

Telephone: +44(0) 28 7167 5437
Email: m.oneill@ulster.ac.uk