Mental Health in Schools Conference, 12 February 2019
Tuesday 12th February 2019 | Manchester
The Government Green Paper ‘ Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision ‘ proposes significant changes to the management of children and young people’s mental health in schools such as introducing a designated mental health lead, mental health support teams and lessons on mental wellbeing as part of the PSHE syllabus. Mental health severely affects well-being, learning and academic achievement. It is imperative that School leaders are prioritising supporting and promoting their students’ wellbeing and good mental health.
Mental health severely affects 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.
Westminster Insight’s Conference will feature leading practitioners providing you with actionable strategies to improve mental health in schools via school link services, peer-to-peer support, in-school counselling and ‘whole-school’ approaches and enhancing parental engagement. Gain vital insight into how schools can collaborate with the NHS, voluntary sector and local authorities to improve the provision, commissioning and delivery of services.
Our expert speakers include:
- (Chair) Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE, Chair, Children and Young People’s Coalition
- Chris Skinner, Senior Online Safety Consultant, National Online Safety
- Debbie Simmons, Head of Service Midlands/North, Place2Be
- Jenny Barksfield, Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association
- Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, Associate Clinical Director, Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England
- Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching School & Partnerships, The Alliance for Learning
- Kimberley Evans, Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist and Team Lead, Manchester Healthy Schools Programme, Manchester University NHS Foundation
- Natalie Williams, Mental Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Oldham Borough Council
What you will learn:
- 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