Mental Health: Better, Faster and Earlier Help
- 08:30 - 16:45
- Manchester Conference Centre
Lucie has worked at the cutting edge of social justice for the last 25 years. She started off as a youth worker then qualified as a social worker, specializing in work with adolescents in therapeutic community settings.
In 1991 she started The Big Issue magazine with its founder, John Bird and was a driving force in developing it from a five-person team in a west London basement to an international publishing success story. In 1995 she started The Big Issue’s charity, The Big Issue Foundation, which provides support services to homeless people.
In 2002 she created SmartJustice, a national campaign based at the Prison Reform Trust which promoted community solutions to crime. Activities included extensive media and public speaking work in conjunction with a network of ex offenders, liaison with government and policy makers and three targeted campaigns on vulnerable women and the criminal justice system, young people and crime and the links between drugs, alcohol, mental health and crime.
Lucie is currently Director of Campaigns and Media at YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well being and mental health of children and young people.. Her work includes marketing the organization, campaigning regionally and nationally on the vital importance of young people’s mental health and inputting into government policy on the issue. She is currently leading YoungMindsVs a youth focused campaign giving thousands of young people the opportunity to raise awareness about the pressures they are under and has recently launched HeadMeds, a new website for young people about mental health medication.