Three young people from the Mayor of London's Peer Outreach team

Hearing Young Voices at City Hall

With the support of the Mayor of London’s Community Engagement Team and Peer Outreach team, the ‘Hearing Young Voices’ conference held in January, provided an opportunity to hear from children and families living with parental mental illness.

City Hall Hearing Young Voice Conference. CEO Dympna Cunnane addresses the audience.

It was a great success with many attendees and some powerful testimonies from families. The event brought together a wide variety of leaders across health and social care, commissioners, funders, experts, academics, politicians, policymakers and other key stakeholders, who were able to hear about the impact of parental mental illness directly from young people and families.

Speakers included leaders in the field of mental illness, Dr Warren Larkin, Dr Crispin Day and Dr Peter Byrne, as well as Statutory Deputy Mayor Joanne McCarthy, Deputy Director of Thrive LDN Dan Barrett, and Executive Head of Stoke Damerel Community College Anita Frier, who spoke about their whole-school approach to mental well-being.

We hope that the series of pledges made at the end of the session will go a significant way in breaking the intergenerational cycle of mental illness.

These amazing graphic records produced by CohenBaum brought the whole day to life.

For more conversation from the day, visit Our Time’s Twitter profile and follow the hashtag #BeingSeenAndHeard.