Event Summary

With the growing prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people, this conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss next steps for improving mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges. NHS Digital has found that 18% of children aged 7-16 and 22% of young people aged 17-24 have a probable mental health disorder. There are particular concerns about issues including self-harmanxiety, and loneliness. Learn from practical and targeted initiatives to build pupil emotional resilience, create safe spaces and manage difficult conversations with students.

Understand the current challenges facing young people and how schools can work with other services to provide appropriate support. Learn from best practice case studies on developing a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing through early intervention, empowering staff and engaging parents and carers. Support staff to manage their own mental health, and embed mental health and wellbeing in teaching practices and RSHE curriculum.

Some pupils with social, emotional or mental health needs face greater barriers to attendance than others. Hear from best practice case studies on reducing emotional based school avoidance.

Bringing together Headteachers and Senior Teams, SENDCOs, mental health support teams, CAMHS and more, take the opportunity to network and share learnings with peers from across the country.

Ensure mental health is seen as a priority in your school.

Key Points

  • Tackling stigma surrounding mental health
  • Accessing government grants and mental health resources for your school
  • The role of MHSTs and how they dovetail with CAMHS, and liaising with specialist services in the community
  • Embedding early intervention and identifying young people at risk
  • Adopting a wholeschool approach to mental wellbeing
  • Teaching about mental health in school
  • Managing difficult conversations with young people and creating safe spaces for disclosure
  • Solutions for helping children with mental health issues to continue to attend school
  • Teaching young people digital resilience and responsible use of social media
  • Creating a positive culture, focused on wellbeing