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Mental Health and Wellbeing webinar recording

This webinar from Together for Short Lives was held on 24 March 2021.

The session looked at wellbeing of families and professionals caring for seriously ill children and how families have been supported throughout the pandemic.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Clearer understanding of the impact of caring for a seriously ill child on a mother’s physical and mental health
  • The effect of the covid-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people, their families and the professionals that care for them.
  • Resource and knowledge sharing from children’s hospices.


  • Dr Helena Dunbar, Director of Service Development and Improvement, Together for Short Lives.
  • Lizzie Chambers, Director of Programmes, Together for Short Lives.
  • Anne Harris, Director of Care, and Sophie Dodgeon, Policy and Campaigns Manager
    Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
  • Dr Jan Aldridge, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Leeds Children`s Hospital and Professor, University of York.
  • Sharon Ballingall, Senior Social Worker, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland.
  • Anna Sillett – Family Liaison Lead, Jo Burton – Bereavement Lead and Emma Sweetlove – Family Events Lead, Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
  • Dr Harriet Conniff, Lead Clinical Psychologist for Staff Support, Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
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