NIPS is running a mental health seminar in Lincoln on the 20th March,10 am – 2.30 pm, for anyone who would like to learn more about mental health in relation to children and young adults. The seminars are made for the public but of course professionals can attend also. Babies under 1 can be brought into the seminar. The event space is wheelchair and buggy friendly. 

Tickets are just £15. Book your seat now – http://buytickets.at/nips/234909
Event speakers include; Sunlight Nutrition Limited – Lynda Rigley, Harmless – Sarah Kessling, South Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service, also known as Boston Womens Aid ,Think 2 Speak , Spilsby Primary AcademyUpbeat LincolnMaria Efstratopoulou, Fortis Therapy and Training – Alexis Powell-Howard, Central Wellness Yoga Studio Lincoln – Stevi Pullen.
The event will feature two comperes who both live and work in Lincolnshire – Kate Alexander and Penelope Clifton. Kate is a practising psychological therapist working within the NHS and Penelope trained as a primary school teacher. 
There will be stalls from Your Book Corner – an Independent Usborne Organiser, Upbeat Lincoln, Fortis Therapy and Training, Lincoln Pandas Support GroupSupporting Minds and Think 2 Speak. 
There is a pre-paid lunchbox option available (see attached poster) which costs just £7.95 and can be booked via The Blue Room once you’ve bought your event ticket.
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What is NIPS? NIPS is a very small, grassroots organisation based in Brighton. We travel around the UK offering seminars to better knowledge on certain subjects to support communities. I run NIPS in the spaces between working my paid job and keeping my two under 5’s entertained. I have a loyal team of crusaders who work with me at each seminar – looking after the audience, compering the event, making sure our tech is working and creating playlists to ease everyone into a happy place before we start learning! We all strive to make NIPS as useful as possible, and support each other in the process. My role is unpaid but I completely love running NIPS so for now I don’t mind one bit. 
Why mental health? We’ve focused our seminars on mental health as it’s a huge subject matter, it affects everyone, however there are so few events aimed at the general public to better our learning – events which cater to a range of mental health needs and conditions. I was aware that a lot of advice was being bandied about on social media without any research – and thought it would be much better if there was a way of collating up to date mental health research and advice in a clear and accessible way. There are thousands of mental health charities and organisations in the UK, but they’re a maze to work through. The seminars are a way for us to showcase these organisations and give the public a chance to hear up to date research from those they might not usually have access to – lecturers, filmmakers, charity founders etc. Last year alone we involved involved 45 mental health-focused speakers and printed roughly 54 articles on the subject. We like to highlight as many advocates and local organisations as possible, keeping our resources and events varied in terms of topic and need. I’m amazed at the amount of brilliant organisations who want to take part even though they’re rushed off their feet offering the most brilliant support to our cities – everyone has been fab. We’ve worked with Place2Be, Beat Eating Disorders, Make a Move Charity, Bluebell Care, ForMED Films, Mosaic Films, B&NES mental health, MindMate Leeds, The Children’s Sleep Charity, The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, Mindful Kin, The Positive Planner, The HappySelf Journal to name a small few.
What will be covered at the Lincoln seminar? Our speakers will be discussing nutrition, self-harm, domestic abuse, transitioning and marginalised children, mental health in schools, personality disorders, ADHD, anger, frustration and movement. Our handbook will cover grief, loss and bereavement, postnatal depression, the immune system and it’s affect on our mental health, local mental health services in and around Lincolnshire, anxiety – the list goes on. Each speaker will talk for 15 minutes then there’ll be a panel discussion between all involved, and our audience, for the last 45 minutes. The seminar will offer a vast amount of support and knowledge, I’m really looking forward to hearing what’s said and what questions our audience put forward.
Highlight videos of our seminar feature on our YouTube channel, including every past seminar talk. Each of our handbooks are also online and available to read, for free. www.linktr.ee/be.nips


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