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The inaugural Healthy Minds Summit took place in Bradford at the end of January 2019 where over 380 people came together to focus on mental health and wellbeing for everyone.

The event was organised by the Mental Wellbeing Partnership Board, responsible for delivering better mental wellbeing for everyone in Bradford district and Craven.

It is estimated that there are over 150,000 people experiencing mental health problems in the area.

Attendance at the summit included staff from health, care, voluntary and community organisations from across Bradford district and Craven, young apprentices from Bradford Council and members of the public.

The event built on the World Health Organisation key components to create a healthy mind - activity, creativity, emotions, physical health and positive networks. Interactive sessions and workshops led by local services were designed to reflect these components. 

Healthy Minds 2019 -Life size Jenga Lores

A taster stress buster session, life size Jenga and Connect 4 games, arts and crafts interventions; and an uplifting tribal drumming session helped people to focus on their healthy mind. A market place where staff showcased their services was also available for people to network and find out about the services provided across the district.

The conference started with a series of formal presentations from local health and care leaders and clinicians, including; Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, Helen Hirst, chief officer at Bradford district and Craven CCGs, Kersten England, chief executive from Bradford Council, Dr Ahmed Hankir from the Centre for Mental Health Research and Professor Mark Mon-Williams from Bradford Institute of Health Research.

Co- chairing the event with Ali Jan Haider, CCG’s director of strategic partnerships was Sarah Manning, youth apprentice from Bradford Council. She opened the event saying: “Wow, this is a fantastic turnout – proof of how passionate we all are in creating positive mental wellbeing for everyone.

“I’m really enjoying working as a youth apprentice in Bradford to help communities thrive to have positive mental health. So today put it on social media Facebook, Instagram whatever you use but that’s where we young people communicate and it’s not just on Twitter.”


Throughout the day, there were conversations across social media using #healthyminds2019 - you can view our Twitter moment here.

The feedback will be used to further develop the Mental wellbeing in Bradford District and Craven: a strategy 2016-2021.

To close the event, two music productions created by young people from the Youth in Mind service were shared. ‘Hope’ by Alex Hutchinson and Alessio Cavallaro and ‘Bread and roses’ by Rosema Nawaz, youth café coordinator and a member of the CCG’s people’s board. Demonstrating how using music technology can improve mental wellbeing, the productions helped end the day with a youthful, vibrant and positive note.


Reflecting after the event Brent Kilmurray, chief executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and co-chair of the Mental Wellbeing Partnership Board said: “The Healthy Minds Summit 2019 was an inspiring, uplifting event, which provided a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate our partnership work, with a focus on ensuring the highest quality of mental health care for people across the district.  

“We were delighted to be part of this meaningful day, to challenge stigma, hear from keynote speakers, help communities support themselves, discuss mental wellbeing and ensure vulnerable people in mental health crisis can access appropriate support closer to home.”

The event proved so successful that discussions are now in place to start planning Healthy Minds Summit 2020.

Find more ways to get involved here.

Take part in our engagement activities and consultations here.

Discover more details on what engagement work we are doing here.

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