Invited by Cate Newness-Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of Surrey Youth Focus to attend a workshop: “The Big Chat”. 60 + professionals were there to address the issue of young people struggling with mental health issues. Questions being asked and debated were around how can the energy and enthusiasm of young people be harnessed to support their own well being. A really important subject and a really informative debate ensued with plans to take the issue forward. My own interest in school exclusions is a relevant subset of this bigger agenda.