The event aims and objectives were as follows:
- To introduce policy makers, practitioners, teachers and parents to the topic of self-esteem and to what research tells us about what it is, what contributes to self-esteem and to what extent it is important for real life outcomes, particularly education and mental health.
- To scotch some of the myths about self-esteem being a panacea and encourage participants to understand the complexity of the issue.
- To help participants learn from what American psychologists almost uniformly believe has been America’s mistakes on this topic.
- To present participants with how wider cultural issues, such as materialism and individualism, have a negative effect on mental health and how the self-esteem focus may unwittingly amplify this.
- To reinforce the importance of the early years and its role in the foundations of mental well-being, self-esteem and confidence.
- To direct participants’ attention to diverse, and potentially, more effective ways to promote achivement, encourage skill development and promote well-being such as volunteering, exercise, the arts and the green environment.