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This Child Mental Health event will provide a unique and timely opportunity for participants to understand and effectively tackle the growing pressures on the education system to meet the rising mental health needs of pupils. Attendees will engage with leading national charities such as Young Minds and the Mental Health Foundation to examine key priorities to improve wellbeing in schools through early identification and effective interventions. Best practice case studies will also illustrate how whole-school and trauma-informed approaches can improve pupil outcomes, reduce stress-related illness, and tackle anxiety, depression and suicide among young children. With COVID-19 causing a rise in unprecedented mental wellbeing concerns, and teaching mental wellbeing becoming a key statutory component of the RSHE curriculum, it is now more important than ever that schools adequately promote positive mental health and effectively support pupils who are struggling with this, with the help of CAMHS partners.
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- Examining the reasons why anxiety, depression and self-harm is rising, in particular amongst vulnerable and at risk pupils, and looking at the effects of parental mental ill health
- Analysing the link between school exclusions and pupil mental health highlighted in the 2019 Timpson Review, and discussing how to effectively address and encourage positive pupil behaviour, rather than shame them, to prevent instances of exclusions and poor mental wellbeing related to this
- Discussing the ‘Make it Count’ campaign that includes an innovative school-based Peer Education Project which sees older pupils deliver mental health lessons to younger pupils, with the aim of creating more understanding and eradicating stigma
- Sharing evidence-based practical takeaways for teachers and school leaders to learn how to prevent mental illness and support good mental health by equipping pupils with the skills they need to overcome challenges
- Highlighting the important role of the teachers and SLT in minimising school-related stress and anxiety by focusing on preventing mental health problems and building resilience, and how the new mental wellbeing module of the RSHE curriculum helps with this
- Discussing the need to build resilience in staff by creating a school structure that offers support and introduces creative, reflective and effective strategies that adequately respond to pupil needs
- Exploring solutions to high pupil referrals and reducing the burden on the NHS through the implementation of preventative methods that focus on early identification and intervention
- Addressing the rise in pupil suicides and suicidal thoughts by prioritising mental health and wellbeing in the curriculum, with dedicated policies and whole-school approaches
This session will focus on understanding the importance of a whole-school approach to mental health, and will share practical insights and guidance on how to strengthen the provision of mental health support; elaborating on the Mental Health Award, which provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and well-being for both staff and pupils.
Key takeaways from this will include:
- Understand how to commit to making mental health a strategic priority
- Utilise the developmental framework to evaluate current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop and strengthen these and work towards building an emotionally healthier school
- Gain insights into how to develop a positive culture that promotes well-being
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- Sharing current research into the effectiveness of school-based mental health interventions and innovative ways to maximise children’s emotional, cognitive and social development
- Working with local health organisations, including CCGs, to develop and evaluate school-based mental health services, through qualitative interviews with CAMHS staff, parents and young people and data analysis to assess whether access to service has been improved
- Exploring ethical challenges of providing mental health services in schools, in particular when dealing with refugee children who suffer from PTSD
- Sharing the mental health toolbox for schools, designed for any front-line worker to utilise in the school setting, even if they do not have a mental health background, and looking at how to implement this in schools
- Understanding how emotional pain caused by adverse childhood experiences can transition into mental health issues and behavioural problems in schools
- Outlining what a trauma informed approach to mental health means and how schools can implement and deliver evidence-based and trauma informed interventions to address mild to moderate mental health problems, such as Cognitive Behavioural interventions and stress management
- Exploring the different types of trauma informed trainings available for schools which look at how to incorporate mental health in teaching and learning, and training key members of staff to support vulnerable children, as an alternative to CAMHS services
- Outlining the available training and support designed for school staff to prevent them suffering from toxic stress or experiencing secondary trauma
- Sharing best practice from schools that have successfully adopted the trauma informed approach and have delivered early interventions, and created an inclusive and supportive environment for all pupils
- Developing a better understanding of current suicide trends in pupils and what causes emotional distress
- Understanding how to recognise key signs of students that might be at risk of suicide and what staff can do to address the stigma in schools
- Sharing key guidance for effective suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in schools specifically aimed at teachers
- Exploring the ‘community model’ and the #SaveTheClass campaign which raise awareness and highlight the role of those in contact with pupils can play in helping prevent young suicide
Network with peers and examine key themes of the day so far, or take this time to enjoy a screen break.
- Examining the Access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in 2019 Report which highlights a large treatment gap in CAMHS, with 133,000 of referred children not accepted into treatment, including those who self-harmed or experienced abuse
- Highlighting how a more ambitious programme to reduce the burden of mental illness is necessary to ensure mental health no longer remains a key barrier to social mobility because poor academic attainment
- Underlining how long-term mental health leads to poor performance in school, as well as future substance abuse and criminal activity
- Discussing how teachers’ lack of knowledge about some mental health conditions such as conduct disorder could be driving an increase in school exclusions, and looking at evidence-based training programmes for parents and carers can help support these children
- What are the key drivers behind the rise of anxiety, academic stress and suicidal thoughts amongst pupils?
- What is the Mental Health Charter and why is it necessary for ensuring imagery and language used in mental health reporting is sensible, educational and stigma-reducing?
- What can educators do to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health and effectively support pupils in dealing with them?
- Why is it important to encourage children and young people to develop a positive body image and keep their minds fit, and how can this be done in a school setting?
- How can we improve access to health services in schools to be more inclusive for poor, BAME, LGBTQ+ and SEND pupils? And how can schools address this with internal processes and lack of funding?
- How can we prioritise staff mental health to make it a fundamental aspect of the whole school approach?
Make more connections with fellow attendees for ongoing support following the day, or use this time to take a screen break.
- Identifying steps taken to address the high levels of anxiety and exam stress in pupils by developing a whole-school strategy to raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma
- Discussing how the relationship between students and staff was improved by ensuring every teacher knows their pupils, and by providing opportunities for pupils voice
- Establishing a Mental Health Network run by pupils who are passionate about mental health, through which they hold assemblies to present on aspects of mental health, organise workshop on wellbeing, mindfulness and coping skills as well as termly events with external speakers
- Facilitating peer-to-peer support from psychology students from a local university which act as wellbeing mentors for year 12 pupils, involving weekly wellbeing programmes for each pupil structured around strategies for positive wellbeing
- Discussing the importance of having a qualified senior leadership member that can recognise the signs of mental illness as a result of trauma and abuse, offer counselling, or refer pupils if necessary
- Outlining how the school has trained staff to deliver three types of therapies: counselling, creative therapies, and thrive programmes which help identify and understand children’s social and emotional needs
- Highlighting the benefits of prioritising counselling provision for pupils so they are able to stay and participate in mainstream education; for staff so they can teach happier pupils; and for parents who are given strategies to help their children
- Examining how the school has invested in this provision through extensive staff training and allocating dedicated staff time to delivering and organising the therapeutic provision in a gradual way
Following the final session, delegates will still have access to the event platform, to continue conversations with peers and accessing resources.
*Programme Subject to Change
This Forum is specifically designed for the wider Education Sector. Typical job titles will include:
- Chief Executives
- Heads of Children’s Commissioning
- Improvement Leads
- Mental Health Clinical Leads
- Directors of Children’s Services
- Pastoral Leads
- CAMHS Practitioners
- Mental Health Improvement Officers
- Youth Wellbeing Managers
- Children’s Nurses
- School Nurses