The afternoon sessions were a mix of local speakers and practical workshop activities. Topics included stigma, listening skills, creativity and relaxation.
The speakers were insightful and practical sessions were led by qualified, experienced, local mental health professionals, carers and uniquely experienced individuals.
The conference also looked at the importance of caring for our emotional well-being and its impact on our ability to function effectively in today's pressurised society.
Honesty Over Silence - The Tour seeks to open up conversations around topics that many find difficult such as trusting in God when life is painful, dealing with anxiety and depression, learning to look after ourselves, developing our character, and living with thankful hearts even in tough seasons. It examine the strength in letting go of the need to be in control as well as looking at how we can stop comparing ourselves to others and instead live authentically and honestly as we grow into the people God has created us to be. Much of the material is be taken from Patrick’s new book of the same title.
Patrick Regan OBE
Patrick is the CEO and Founder of Kintsugi Hope and also founded urban youth work charity XLP. He has worked with some of the poorest communities around the world and regularly contributes to radio and TV on issues of poverty and justice. He received the Mayor of London Peace Award and is an honorary fellow of the South Bank University and the Centre for Social Justice for his valuable contribution to peace, justice and wellbeing. He has also written five books, Honesty Over Silence being the most recent.
Diane has worked in both the corporate and charitable sectors, seeking to strengthen and bring the two worlds together. Prior to becoming a mum of four children, she was also a singer–songwriter and professional life coach. She is school governor, a Chair of the charity Christians in Entertainment and an ambassador for the popular national magazine Psychologies.