Mental health and the Young Brain Afternoon Plenary

After lunch, our minds will be transported into the world of the adolescent brain, as the brilliant neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore reveals the secrets of young minds and what they might mean for the people supporting them.

New research is revealing that the part of the brain that handles things like planning, self-awareness, analysis of consequences and behavioural choices develops more slowly during adolescence – affecting aspects such as risk-taking, peer pressure and learning. Which leads to a bigger question: How can youth organisations better target our work to speak to teenagers’ growing, changing brains?

Professor Blakemore will then be joined by a panel of experts as our conversation focuses on the critical topic of mental health issues among young people. The panel includes Dr Hilary Leevers from Wellcome Trust, Nikky Odutatyo, Founder of Crown Academy, Emma Judge from How to Thrive and Nadia Mendoza, Co- founder of The Self Esteem Team.

Session speaker:

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Deputy Director, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, UK

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