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Action Trauma is delighted to welcome musicians and artists from all over the world to perform during a two-day event at Belfast Waterfront on 27th & 28th June.

Young Hearts & Minds is an international event where leading experts from over 20 countries will come together to focus on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.  The programme of talks, arts and cultural activities is for parents, teachers, youth workers and health professionals.  It will explore everything from screen time and the dangers of social media, to behavioural problems and the root causes and prevention of addiction and suicide.

As uplifting as it is informative, the event will feature creative arts workshops from Philadelphia’s Build a Bridge International; using arts interventions that utilise trauma-informed programming to instill hope and healing in vulnerable populations.  Professional musician and Executive Director Ami Yares and Dr. Janelle Junkin, a music therapist and Director of Community Programming and Research, will use the transformative power of art to bring hope through music.

Northern Ireland’s creative peacebuilding charity; Beyond Skin who have worked with people with mental health and trauma issues over the last 14 years, will be hosting creative sensory workshops and live performances with a team of musicians, artists and writers from their #ArtsDialogue Collective.

There’s also theatre in the form of scenes from Duncan Macmillan’s life affirming play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ with Jonny Donahoe, performed by Michael King - a young boy starts a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world, everything that’s worth living for; all in order to help his mum. It’s a funny, poignant, hopeful and uplifting way of approaching the difficult topic of suicide prevention.

If that wasn’t enough there’s also going to be music from the Sing For Life Choir and the Open House Festival Choir. There are many studies on how singing and the arts can improve mental health, and all of the content programmed for Young Hearts & Minds has that ethos at its core.


Alongside inspiring stories of hope, this unique event will provide access to further resources and help from organisations, including Victims & Survivors Service, WAVE Trauma, Barnardos, Action Mental Health, Womens Aid, Lifeline and others for individual care and advice.


For more information please contact:    Tomas Bamford, Project Manager

Direct Line: +44 (0)28 9751 2131