Improving the Mental Health of Children in Schools
Tuesday, 12 February 2019, Manchester
The Government Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ proposed changes to the way children and young people’s mental health is managed in schools such as introducing a designated mental health lead, mental health support teams and lessons on mental wellbeing in schools as part of the PSHE syllabus.
Mental health can severely affect well-being, learning and academic achievement. Many school leaders and staff are giving real priority to supporting and promoting their students’ wellbeing and good mental health throughout the country. Health services, education and children’s services, the voluntary sector and many others work together with families to support young people in being mentally well.
This event follows on from the Mental Health in Schools conference in October.
Expert speakers include:
- Debbie Simmons, Head of Service Midlands/North, Place2Be
Learning from the day:
- The latest policy developments and funding to push forward mental health support in schools
- Practical advice on implementing a whole-school mental health strategy
- Ensuring staff are fully trained to recognise early warning signs and are comfortable talking about mental health
- Successful pilots between schools and CAMHS to create robust multi-agency partnerships providing appropriate support
- PSHE lesson plans and guidance to raise awareness with pupils to remove the stigma associated with mental health problems
- Explore how to engage with parents to discuss their children’s mental health
- Listening to a young person’s opinion about what works in schools to help promote emotional health and prevent mental illness
- Understanding the negative effects of social media on mental health and the role the school can play in alleviating the impact