MHNE ‘Better Times Ahead?’ Conference 16th June [registrations open]

The ‘Better Times Ahead?’ Conference is being hosted by MHNE at Stanley Civic Hall, Co Durham on 16th June 2023, from 10am-3.30pm.

Confirmed speakers include Alice Wiseman (Director of Public Health for Gateshead), Francesca Smith from Martin Lewis's Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, and Kevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham.

An important element of this conference will be to bring people together from all parts of the mental health sector, including people with lived experience, to look at how services can be improved. A report of the conference findings will be compiled as instead of merely shouting for things to get better, MHNE wants to offer practical solutions to the people who have the power to implement change.

The conference wants to celebrate good services and the valuable contribution of the voluntary sector, so there will be stalls, entertainment, a raffle with prizes and opportunities to network. Workshops and a question time session will allow everyone who attends to have their say.

You can register to attend by downloading this form (.docx) and returning to us by email.  Please get in touch if you have any problems with the form.

There is limited remaining space for stalls/stands - if you would like to request space for one please fill in this stall booking request form to return by email.

Please note, while places are strictly limited, attending the conference and stall bookings are free of charge.

We grateful to local timber specialist MH Southern for their fundraising which has made this event possible.

If you have any questions, please contact MHNE Administrator Rose Renton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workshops on the day include:

  • Working together to create a better service (two groups)
  • Service User Involvement in decision making and service delivery
  • Recognising the obstacles to improving service delivery and enabling change
  • Carrying on MHNE’s legacy – Service Users & Carers

Travelling to Stanley by Bus

Direct buses to Stanley (Derwentside):
From Newcastle city centre the X30/X31.
From Durham city centre the 16/16A.

For more public transport options, you can plan your journey to Stanley on Durham Council's Journey planner website:

or Nexus Tyne and Wear journey planner: