Mental Health in Schools Conference
Tuesday 16th October 2018, Central London
The Government Green Paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’ has proposed changes to the way children and young people’s mental health is managed in schools. This includes the introduction of a designated mental health lead, mental health support teams and lessons on mental wellbeing in schools as part of the PSHE syllabus.
With the growing prevalence of mental health problems in schools and its strong linkages with well-being, learning and academic achievement, it is vital that mental health is no longer seen as an optional extra.
This conference will allow delegates the opportunity to learn how schools can collaborate with the NHS, voluntary sector and local authorities to improve the provision, commission and delivery of services.
Expert speakers include:
- Caroline Hounsell: Director of Partnerships, Product Development and Training, MHFA England
- Jenny Barksfield: Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association
- Anita Cleare MA AdvDip (Child Development): Founder, The Positive Parenting Project
- Dr Richard Graham: Consultant Psychiatrist, Technology Addiction, Nightingale Hospital and Executive Board Member, UKCCIS
- Dean Johnstone: CEO, Minds Ahead
- Sophie McElroy: Partnership Manager and CAMHS Alliance Project Manager, Hackney Learning Trust
- Gemma Niebieszczanski: Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Project Manager, Anna Freud Centre
- Gail Petty: Advocacy Lead, National Development Team for Inclusion
- Sharon Goldstone B.Ed.: Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Early Help Mental Health & Wellbeing Officer, Chingford Foundation School
Key topics to be covered at the event include:
- Learn about the latest policy developments and funding to push forward mental health support in schools
- Take away practical advice on implementing a whole-school mental health strategy
- Ensure staff are fully trained to recognise early warning signs and are comfortable talking about mental health
- Hear from successful pilots between schools and CAMHS to create robust multi-agency partnerships providing appropriate support
- Gain 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
- Listen to a young person’s opinion about what works in schools to help promote emotional health and prevent mental illness
- Understand the negative effects of social media on mental health and understand the role the school can play in alleviating the impact