MHAW 2015 180‘For me every week is mental health week,’ said Dr Pooky Knightsmith (@PookyH), as she helped to raise awareness of mental health issues this week, via the twitter feed #MHAW15.

Pooky, a leading mental health expert and author, is one of several key speakers at next month’s JFHC Professional event, to be held in Manchester on 4 June.

Pooky spoke previously at the JFHC Professional South event, where she shared her own personal experience to outline when and why young people are most at risk of self-harm.

With an estimated one in 10 children now having a diagnosable mental health disorder – (that’s around three children in every classroom) Pooky’s talk offered some illuminating insights, explaining how self-harm has become ‘a regrettably all too common coping strategy for children and young people. She said health professionals need to recognise how self-harm has become 'normalised' in order to best counter the belief that it is “normal” behaviour.’

The event’s theme is ‘Supporting staff to promote family health and wellbeing’ and is relevant to all health care professionals working with families and children including school and public health nurses. Dr Benjamin Jacobs, a paediatrician at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, will deliver the keynote speech on the importance of children getting enough vitamin D.

To see the full programme of CPD-accredited talks (including Pooky’s talk) and to book tickets for the special rate of £10 (including lunch) visit

You can view highlights of the London event below, and by following the Twitter thread #JFHCPro2015 Twitter: @journalfhc @PookyH