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About the Conference

Uncertainty, fear and worry everywhere.


Hospitals under pressure. UK schools still closed. Vaccine hopes. Vaccine issues. Economic woes. Mental health statistics worsening. Home schooling challenges. Relationships under strain.

But what if, despite everything that comes with a global health crisis, you could:

  • Unlock the innate resilience in yourself and those around you.

  • Help your children thrive in these challenging times

  • Give your family the insight and skills to overcome the fear, loneliness and anxiety that seems attached to Covid-19

  • Look towards the future with confidence, hope and optimism


iheart’s core message is that all of the above - and much more - is not merely possible; it is unconditionally available to us all. This conference will help you and your family find out how you can unlock your innate resilience and experience your wellbeing, no matter what – even during a global pandemic.

Key Topics in a Nutshell

  • Why a physical health pandemic does not have to lead to a mental health one – Perspectives from a global public health leader

  • How does our innate psychological immune system work? 

  • Knackered and confused - and that’s just the parents! How to create a resilient family.

  • Helping our children deal with loneliness, isolation and boredom. 

  • Help, my child won’t get off that darn device - and part of me doesn’t want them to either!  

  • Getting along while living on top of each other - 12 months on

  • Glued to the news, waiting for a vaccine to save us: how our immune psychological system will help our families overcome worry, fear and anxiety

Keynote Speakers

Dr James Davies 

James Davies obtained his PhD in medical and social anthropology from the University of Oxford and has authored three books including the ground-breaking - Cracked: why psychiatry is doing more harm than good. He is also a qualified psychotherapist, a senior lecturer in social anthropology and psychology at the University of Roehampton, London, has delivered lectures at many universities including Harvard, Oxford, Columbia and UCL, and has written for The Times, The New Scientist, The Guardian, and Harvard Divinity Bulletin. James cofounded the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, which is now secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence. 

'Cracked should be read by every doctor ... by everyone in politics and the media, not to mention any concerned citizen.' Peter Hitchens ― Mail on Sunday 

'Chilling reading.' Will Self ― Guardian 

'Davies’s book is a potent polemic.’ Bryan Appleyard ― Sunday Times

Dr Marilyn Bowman 

Marilyn’s research and clinical academic career as a psychologist focused on individual differences in cognitive abilities and in response to challenging life events, leading to publication of ground-breaking research in her book, Individual Differences in Posttraumatic Response: Problems With the Adversity-Distress Connection. 

‘Sometimes psychological theories drive us in wrong directions. Marilyn Bowman has posted us some clear signs that cannot be ignored.’ 

Loren Pankratz, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University

Professor Anthony Kessel 

A trustee of iheart, Anthony is a public health physician, academic and author, who is Clinical Director (National Clinical Policy) at NHS England & Improvement and also Senior Public Health Advisor to the Football Association (FA), public health advisor to the film/TV industry, and advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on public health. Prior to this, Anthony worked for a decade as Director of Global Public Health at Public Health England. Anthony holds a university position as Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and has over 100 publications in areas of public health, environmental health and the medical humanities.

Terry Rubenstein 

The founder of iheart and co-author of the acclaimed iheart Curriculum for Young People, Terry is widely recognised as a leading thinker, educator and speaker in the field of mental health and resilience. For the past 15 years she has taught and impacted countless people through her uplifting training seminars, writings and online talks. Terry is the author of the ground-breaking book Exquisite Mind as well as The Peach Who Thought She Had to Become a Coconut, a series of essays on innate resilience. In her role as Head of Education at iheart, Terry steers the educational direction and strategy of all programmes that the organisation delivers. She also happens to be the mother of six children!

Ian Russell 

A nationally recognised mental health campaigner and advocate for technology use reform for children, Ian is also a BBC film & television director, founder of the Molly Rose Foundation and an official Ambassador for iheart. After the death of his 14-year-old daughter Molly, a Harrow schoolgirl who tragically took her own life in November 2017, the Russell family found disturbing content on Molly’s social media accounts and together with friends, established the Molly Rose Foundation with the aim to prevent young people’s suicide by better connecting them to the help and support they need. Since then, Ian has been involved in a number of key initiatives supporting mental health education and solutions amongst young people, including responding to the Government’s White Paper on Online Harms and supporting the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2020 paper “Technology Use and the Mental Health of Children and Young People”. Ian has featured on all major national television stations as an expert activist in the area of technology and young people’s mental health, becoming a prominent, passionate and essential voice.


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    • 01 - Introduction - Do we need a psychological vaccine? Why this conference and why now? Ian Russell & Terry Rubenstein

    • 02 – Keynote - Have we got it all wrong? Why our understanding of mental health is doing more harm than good – eye opening research and insights from a pioneering psychological thought leader - Dr James Davies

    • 03 – Fundamentals Part 1 How our innate psychological system works Charlotta Lynch

    • 04- Fundamentals Part 2 - Why wellbeing is always available to us, even in lock down Charlotta Lynch

    • 05 – Q&A Answering your questions on the fundamentals of unlocking our innate resilience and wellbeing Terry Rubenstein & Charlotta Lynch

    • 06 – Parenting Workshop Knackered and confused – and that’s just the parents! How to create a resilient family Terry & Brian Rubenstein

    • 07 – Educational Leaders Panel No more tick boxes! Let’s really help our students when they need it most James Franklin-Smith; Samson Olusanya; Rani Chahal; James Greenwood; Arron Poole facilitated by Brian Rubenstein

    • 08 – Parenting Workshop I gotta get out of this house! Helping our children deal with loneliness, isolation and boredom Terry Rubenstein & John Scott

    • 09 – Home-Studying Workshop Does lockdown = meltdown? Helping our children deal with exam-writing and home-studying without everyone falling apart Zia Brooks & Jacqui Bull

    • 10 - Next Generation Panel (18-22 years) - We can see clearly now the rain is gone… It’s going to be a bright and sunshiny day 4 young iheart facilitators

    • 11 – Parenting Workshop Help, my child won’t get off that darn device – and part of me doesn’t want them to either Debbie Fisher & Babs Shearer

    • 12 – Relationships Workshop 3 lockdowns later – can we get along while living on top of each other? Stacey Levine, John Scott & Heather Casselman

    • 13 – Young People’s Panel (10-15 years) Let’s hear from the kids: What our children have to say about discovering their built-in resilience during these times 4 children who have participated in the iheart programme

    • 14 – Keynote Why a physical health pandemic does not have to lead to a mental health one – perspectives from a global public health leader Professor Anthony Kessel in conversation with Dana Arenson

    • 15 – Keynote Is resilience more accessible than we think? Looking at research that shows we are built to deal with adversity Dr Marilyn Bowman in conversation with Terry Rubenstein & Charlotta Lynch