Dr Nick Barnes
Nick is a young people’s psychiatrist, cognitive analytic therapist and honorary senior lecturer at University College London. He is also the strategic lead on More than Mentors - a 3 year, Department of Health funded study into the impact of peer mentoring on building emotional resilience for children and young people in schools and community settings. With over 15 years of work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, supported by nearly 20 years of voluntary youth sector involvement, Nick has been keen to find a broader offer for children, young people and their families to enable them to engage with mental health support earlier, preventing these difficulties from becoming entrenched and enduring. Through peer support, collaborative practice and working where children and young people "are at", Nick has been involved in a number of projects that seek to build emotional resilience and offer genuine opportunities for change in settings and situations that are accessible and meaningful to children, young people and their families.