WHIS Riverside College

Friday 17th November 2017 we will be joint hosting a mental health event at Riverside College




FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2017        10.00AM TO 3.00PM


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LUCIANA BERGER is the Labour Member of Parliament for Liverpool Wavertree. She was the first-ever Shadow Minister for Mental Health to serve at Shadow Cabinet level in 2015 -2016, and is currently the President of the Labour Campaign for Mental Health and adviser on mental health to Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram.





TRACI RUBLE has been a therapist for 15 years and she currently runs a psychotherapy clinic in San Francisco called PSYCHED.  Traci also leads and directs an international community listening project called Sidewalk Talk. The mission of Sidewalk Talk is to nurture human connection by teaching and practicing heart-centred listening in public spaces.  



DEREK ELAND’s work examines the human condition and what it is like to ‘be human’ particularly in stressful and challenging situations.  He is interested in the use of the written word, particularly in a digital age, to access real emotions and thoughts.  Much of his work is created on location through the use of his ‘Diary Rooms’ approach, and then re-contextualised in a gallery setting.


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GARETH PRESCH is the founder and CEO of the World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS) an international platform set up to inspire, innovate and share knowledge to improve healthcare while stimulating vibrant communities.




LEIGH BEST is a Child and Adult Psychotherapist, a Clinical Supervisor, a Counselling Lecturer, and a long term Foster Carer. She founded a Social Enterprise, Talking Eating Disorders (TEDS) 18 years ago.  This unique service, works tirelessly to provide practical strategies, hope and support to any family affected by Eating Disorders.  Leigh passionately believes in early intervention, and prevention, and she has used her expertise in this field to develop and deliver workshops in schools, colleges, and Universities.   


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MARTYN BLACKLOCK is a counsellor and yoga teacher working as The Self Coach.  Martyn is a member of the World Health Innovation Summit team and will be telling the story of WHIS Kids.  He will describe the inspiration for the programme and how it was developed and discuss how schools and organisations can become involved in improving the emotional resilience and wellbeing of the children they work with.


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SAM TYRER is a staff nurse at Royal Preston Hospital and a Doctoral Student of Health at UCLAN.  Sam has founded a new initiative called Change Talks which is about opening up the conversation around mental health in order to promote health and wellbeing within the community.   Change Talks encourages people to talk about mental health issues and beat the stigma attached to this subject. Sam is passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues facing the community.  




KATHY DEVLIN is the Clinical Manager for the Beacon Counselling Trust and heads up the Problematic Gambling Support Programme for the North West of England and North Wales.  Kathy has just led on the launch of a new service provision “Paul’s Place” that supports those who have been bereaved by suicide.  She has also been applauded for a major piece of innovative work around supporting females on their journey through the menopause, a taboo subject which is very much misunderstood by the medical profession and society as a whole.  



NYKI BENSON is a Health Improvement Practitioner for Mental Health with Halton Borough Council’s Health Improvement Team.  She delivers mental health awareness and suicide prevention awareness sessions to adults across Halton.   Her team is working to build a mentally healthier Halton.  They promote positive mental health using the Five Ways to Wellbeing in campaigns, training and events and also with the recent launch of the Mental Health Hubs.



ANNIE HACKWELL works with the World Health Innovation Summit and will share her personal experience of mental health and how members of the community can be supported by WHIS programmes.



A community event that will bring local, national and international advocates who are supporting mental health in their community. 


The event is a partnership between the college, Side Walk Talks and the World Health Innovation Summit. 


We will have more details our shortly and if you are interested in getting involved email: info@worldhealthinnovationsummit.com #togetherweinspire #WHIS