Navigating the new term through the cost-of-living crisis: Live Q&A

Preparing for the return to school or college can be a stressful time for young people and parents alike. Social pressures, changing schedules, and work/life balances can be difficult enough – but we know the weight of the cost-of-living crisis is also hitting families hard this year. How can we prepare to carry our families and ourselves through the coming months, and what support is available?

Join us for a panel discussion on Friday 30 September at 8pm where we will hear from our expert panel about their experiences and provide you with their top tips for preparing for the new term and supporting your wellbeing.

We’re delighted to be joined by the following panellists:

  • Penny Goodall – Since October 2020, Penny has worked for the Mental Health and Money Advice team as a money adviser. Previously she worked for Citizens Advice as a Debt and Benefit Caseworker. She is an accredited member of the Institute of Money Advisers, having successfully completed her Certificate of Money Advice Practice in February 2021, and has particular strength working in welfare benefits. She lives with her youngest daughter and two little dogs. In her spare time, she loves to cook for friends and go for long walks in the countryside. She is extremely passionate about helping people to get what they are entitled to!
  • Neil Clark is a Training Associate with Mental Health UK responsible for delivering workshops in secondary schools and sports academies. He thoroughly enjoys interacting with young people and helping them understand coping strategies for positively managing their wellbeing. Neil also works for sports charity SwitchThePlay Foundation, whose aim is to help elite sportspeople manage their wellbeing throughout their sports career but in particular the transition from sport to a new career.Neil is currently undertaking a PhD at Loughborough University in sports psychology focusing on athlete mental health and wellbeing. He has two young children, who teach him about life on a regular basis, and is a keen amateur triathlete.

This session will be hosted by Amber Goodwin-Figes, Programme Support Officer at Mental Health UK.

To tune into the session, you’ll first need to create an account on the Parenting Hub, then simply log in on Friday 30 September and go to the event page for the Q&A. If you have a question you’d like to put to our experts, you can either submit one in advance or ask it in the live chat function while the event is happening.