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Mental Health and Wellbeing webinar

24 March 2021, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Together for Short Lives

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition have faced the additional pressures of months of shielding, isolation and suspended services. At the same time, the professionals supporting these families have had to adapt to new ways of working often in extremely challenging circumstances.

This webinar will investigate the pandemic’s impact on the mental health and wellbeing of families and professionals. We will also hear about ways we can support families’ wellbeing while looking after ourselves and our colleagues.


  • Chairs, Dr Helena Dunbar, Director of Service Development and Improvement, and Lizzie Chambers, Director of Programmes, Together for Short Lives.
  • Pandemic Pressures: The struggles and resilience of families caring for a seriously ill child
    Anne Harris, Director of Care, and Sophie Dodgeon, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity.
  • The mental health and wellbeing of families when a child is seriously ill.
    Dr Jan Aldridge, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Leeds Children`s Hospital and Professor, University of York.
  • How CHAS have supported families during the pandemic
    Sharon Ballingall, Senior Social Worker, Children’s Hospices Across Scotland.
  • Demelza’s approach to supporting families during the pandemic
    Anna Sillett, Jo Burton and Emma Sweetlove, Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
  • Looking after yourself and your team
    Dr Harriet Conniff, Lead Clinical Psychologist for Staff Support, Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding about the long-term impact of Covid-19 on families caring for seriously ill children.
  • Take-away practice and techniques for supporting families’ well-being and mental health.
  • Learning different ways to look after your own and your team’s well-being.
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