Change the Future

When we launched our Change the Future campaign last year we made a short 3 minute film explaining how We Can Talk is working to support this goal.

Learn more about We Can Talk‘s plans to Change the Future by downloading the Powerpoint or PDF presentation and sharing within your organisation.

After there is interest in your organisation we encourage you to contact the We Can Talk team ( and begin sharing with other local organisations in your area.

Our Change the Future campaign has also become an annual event after we hosted the first Change the Future conference in November 2019. We hope to provide a digital version for Change the Future 2020.

Change the Future 2019 brought together colleagues across the country interested in improving children and young people’s experience and care in acute hospital settings, particularly when they attend due to their mental health.

Check out the digital agenda for speaker slides and more information what went on. You can also follow the conversation online via #ChangetheFuture19.


We want to ensure Change the Future 2019 is as inclusive and balanced as possible. We are working to bring together a wide range of voices from different organisations, geographies, sectors and experiences.

We need you your help with a few things:

  • Tell someone else about this event. We want to grow our network to change the future for every child and young person who attends hospital due to their mental health. If you believe someone could bring a valuable perspective to the day and benefit from it let them know.
  • Although we have worked to ensure this event is free to attend it costs our project nearly £100 per person. If you are awarded a place please let us know if you can no longer attend. Those who do not attend or cancel their place less than one week in advance may be charged £100 to cover the cost.


The number of children and young people attending A&E in mental health crisis has tripled since 2010/2011 (Department of Health and Social Care, 2018) and research by We Can Talk of more than 2000 hospital staff shows that most feel they lack the skills, confidence and knowledge to meet the emotional and mental health needs of these patients.

Change the Future 2019 is the first national shared learning event hosted by the team from We Can Talk, who work with organisations across England to improve patient experience, reduce risk and improve outcomes for children, young people and their parents / carers when they present to acute hospitals settings due to their mental health. High profile leaders from across country will share their experiences of tackling these issues and explain how they are adapting to better meet the needs of staff and patients.

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