Health Conference - 2015

Kingston Voluntary Action's Annual Conference brings together local voluntary and community sector organisations, commissioners and statutory colleagues, to focus on key health and wellbeing issues for Kingston's residents. This year's Conference took place on Tuesday, 03 March 2015. 

Kingston's Mental Health: Building resilience and ending discrimination

This year, the Conference focussed on 'Mental Health and Wellbeing in Kingston'. It examined how we can build resilience in our communities, including those that are marginalised, and how we can all improve mental health in the workplace.

A big 'thank you' to our keynote speakers. Presentations are now available for download:

  1. Introduction to mental health: Dr. Phil Moore, Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group
  2. Maintaining the balance for clients, staff and volunteers: Katie Vivian, Balance CIC
  3. Mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers: Sanja Kane, Refugee Action Kingston
  4. The role of Public Health: Dr, Jonathan Hildebrand, Public Health, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (RBK)
  5. Workplace wellbeing: Patricia Turner, Kingston Voluntary Action
  6. Fuel poverty conference feedback: Lakhwinder Gill, Public Health, RBK
  7. Building resilience in young people: Claire Mulrenan & Neil Beckett, Public Health, RBK
  8. Kingston's Mental Health Parliament update: Mind in Kingston (see video below)



You can find out more about local organisations' experience of applying for a Healthy Workplace Charter Award, with this short video:



We also saw extracts from a video about refugee wellbeing - it highlights that refugees have compounded mental health problems, from fleeing wars and persecution, trauma of seeking asylum and the difficulties of settling into a new society.


You can also find out more about the detention of asylum seeking women in the UK and sign the petition to close Yarl's Wood and end the detention of women who seek asylum, as mentioned in the Refugee Action Kingston presentation. 

The 2014 Public Health Report for Kingston includes a focus on the concept of mental wellbeing. Mental wellbeing is having a positive state of mind and body and feeling safe and able to cope. It also involves having a sense of connection with other people and the environment around you. People can have good mental wellbeing, even if they have a mental illness. Read report

The Conference ended with a popular singing workshop that refreshed attendees, showing that even 10 minutes of singing can immediately improve mental and physical health. 

Photo of singing workshop

If your organisation is interested in booking a singing workshop with Singing for Health, for your staff and volunteers or beneficiaries, email Maria Soriano.

Each participant wrote a pledge card, detailing the actions they would take to help ensure better mental health in the workplace.

You can also see what happened at the Health Conference in 2013 and 2014.

Email Patricia Turner, KVA Health and Social Care Manager, for further information. You can also receive our monthly e-news for the latest developments.