'Connect us Too' Mental Health Summit

Thursday 10 October 2019
Scottish Sensory Centre, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ.

Vision: Building mental health resilience and wellbeing towards making Scotland an inclusive communication nation.

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The purpose of ‘Connect Us Too’ Summit is to raise awareness about mental health & deafness. deafscotland will be hosting the event dedicated to raising awareness and understanding; improving resilience and recognising problems; and most importantly increasing access to information, mainstream mental health services and/or  specialist for deaf people in Scotland. Keynote speakers and workshops planned throughout the event will offer colleagues / organisations from Third, Public and Private Sectors mental health information and resources and provide ways for everyone to get involved in improving the current gaps “Connect Us Too recognises that often the barriers are unnoticed and many are fixed at no cost”.


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Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive, Penumbra

Nigel has worked in mental health in Scotland since 1979. He is qualified as both a mental health nurse (RMN) and general nurse (RGN).

After working in the National Health Service and for two other mental health charities, Nigel joined Penumbra (www.penumbra.org.uk) in 1991. In 1999 Nigel was appointed Chief Executive of Penumbra, which is one of Scotland’s most innovative mental health organisations. During this time Nigel has been a founding partner of both ‘see me’, Scotland’s anti stigma campaign www.seemescotland.org and The Scottish Recovery Network www.scottishrecovery.net . Nigel was a non-executive Board member of NHS Health Scotland (2003-2011) and the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (2011-2017). From 2014-2018 Nigel was President of Mental Health Europe (https://mhe-sme.org/) and is now a senior policy advisor to their Board.

Nigel has been a member of many national programme boards and working groups. Currently he is a member of the (Scottish) National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group, the Distress Brief Intervention Programme Board and the Minister for Mental Health’s Strategic Delivery Board.

Mental health has become a much talked about subject in public life and the media.  Whilst much has changed for the better in the provision of support for people who experience emotional distress or mental ill health, Nigel believes we can still do more to ensure a timely, connected, compassionate response to people’s needs.

Keynote Speakers

Timings - Draft

Time What is happening Event
clock icon09.15am registration icon
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clock icon10.00am crowd iconspeaker icon Keynote speaker 1:
clock icon10:30am crowd iconspeaker icon Keynote Speaker 2:


clock icon11:15am workshop icon Workshops - Session One
clock icon12.15pm food icon
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Lunch Break and Networking
clock icon1.15pm workshop icon Workshops - Session Two
clock icon2.15pm tea and coffee icon Afternoon Refreshment Break
clock icon2.30pm workshop icon Workshops - Session Three
clock icon3.30pm - 4.00 pm crowd icon


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Summary of the summit



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The booking for is available Here.