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Last week we attended the University of Bolton Psychology PhD conference, chaired by Professor Jerome Carson. We heard a series of interesting presentations about the latest research into mental health and wellbeing, many of which incorporated the lived experience of the researchers.

Amongst the presenters were two members of our own team. Ian Platt spoke about the lessons learned from seven years of delivering the Hummingbird Project, while Sonia Ebenezer-Bamigbayan shared her experiences of teaching the “Bounce Back” Positive Psychology course for parents and carers.

Delivered free of charge by MedEquip4Kids, the Hummingbird Project has been active in schools in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside and has reached nearly 6,500 pupils since it began in 2018. It takes a preventative approach to mental health issues by introducing evidence-based concepts and practices that can improve resilience and emotional wellbeing. We recently added the “Bounce Back” course to our programme, in partnership with the University of Chester, the University of Bolton and the Open University.

We’re proud to report that both presentations were absolutely fascinating and we wish Ian and Sonia all the best sharing them at the European Positive Psychology Conference this week.

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