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Freedom of Mind Conference

Published on 18/10/16

Raising awareness and initiating conversations around mental health were the aims of a recent conference that two Orchard School Bristol students attended. 

The Freedom of Mind conference, which took place on World Mental Health Day, was part of an 11-day mental wellbeing festival and brought together young people, campaigners and professionals from across Bristol. 

The day-long event, held at At-Bristol, included workshops, talks, dance performances, poetry, and an opportunity to speak to professionals working within mental health services. 

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees also attended the conference, and spoke passionately about making mental health a top priority in the city.

Lilly and Casey with Mayor Marvin Rees

Our two students, Lilly May Crane and Casey Turner, did a fantastic job of representing the school, and made a positive contribution in group discussions.

Lilly and Casey commented that they enjoyed the conference and felt more knowledgeable about mental health after attending the event. 

Casey said: "Before the Freedom of Mind Conference I didn't know much about mental health, but now I would feel confident having a discussion about it."