Training Conference

The 2017 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference: Getting mental health right for every child

Mental Health in schools
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Schools play a critical role in supporting young people with mental health problems – so how can we create a collaborative, whole-systems approach to early intervention, with the school at the centre? And how can we work together to support a positive and proactive approach to mental health and wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools?

Using a mix of speaker presentations and interactive discussion sessions and with an emphasis on sharing existing good practice, this one-day training conference will explore the following key themes:

Prevention

  • The importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing Education
  • Engaging young people in mental health discussions
  • Communicating and working with parents and guardians

Support and early intervention

  • Staff training to successfully identify, support and present mental health issues amongst children and young people
  • Working collaboratively across education, health and social work services to improve mental health support for children and young people
  • The evolving role of nurses in supporting mental health and wellbeing in an educational setting
  • Resilience, wellbeing and the importance of psychological services in schools

Knowledge, Trends and Improvements

  • Understanding the issues impacting young people and the pressures they face
  • Adopting best practice in mental health wellbeing and embedding a whole-school culture to promote this
  • Assessing and building children’s resilience

FEATURING

DR JULIA EGAN, Professional Adviser for Public Health, Early Years and Childrens Services, Directorate for Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government
PATTIE SANTELICES, Principal Officer (Mental Health & Wellbeing), City of Edinburgh Council
BARRY SYME, Chair of The Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists and Principal Educational Psychologist (Glasgow South) at Glasgow City Council
DR. JIM WHITE, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control
KENNY GRAHAM, Member, Scottish Children’s Services Coalition & Head of Education, Falkland House School
HUGH SMITH, Education, Learning and Teaching Consultant & Lead Editor and Author of ‘The Impact of Mental health and Well-being on Effective Learning and Teaching: A Practical Guide for Those Responsible for Learners’ (to be published in June 2017)
LAURA SHARPE, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me
KAREN RICHMOND, Depute Head, South Morningside Primary School
MOLLY PAGE, Development Officer (Mental Health & Wellbeing), City of Edinburgh Council
JENNY BURNETT, Teacher, Castleview Primary School
KIRSTY DONNELLY, Community Manager, Childline
SUZANNE BUTLER, Project Manager/Event Leader, Fischy Music
CALUM IRVING, Director, See Me (Conference Chair)
BACKGROUND
Mental health and wellbeing is a prevalent issue which schools across Scotland are addressing every day. Figures published earlier this year show that over half of mental health problems start by the age of 14 and 75% by age 18 (BBC, Jan 2017).

The number of young people seeking help for mental health issues is on the rise. When these issues go unaddressed, problems can deepen and multiply, often leading to damaging behavior and – on occasions – escalating into a mental health crisis.

Yet Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) are under real pressure; the number of educational psychologists working in Scotland’s schools has dropped by 10 per cent in just three years(The Herald, Dec 2016) and a number of local Health Boards are reporting difficulties in recruiting and retaining school nursing staff.

Given such pressure on resources, service providers need to work together. So how can we create a collaborative, whole-systems approach to early mental health support and intervention, with the school at the centre?

AGENDA

08:45-09:30
Registration and morning refreshments

09:30-09:40
Chair’s welcome and introduction
Calum Irving, Director, See Me

Session 1: Mental health and wellbeing in Scottish schools – the importance of professional partnerships

09:40-10:05
Partnership: nursing and school aged children

  • Working in partnership with schools
  • Focus on mental health and wellbeing
  • Providing support when needed

Dr Julia Egan, Professional Adviser for Public Health, Early Years and Children’s Services, Directorate for Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government

10:05-10:25
Supporting mental health in schools – the role of Educational Psychology

  • The role and importance of educational psychologists
  • Working in partnership with schools
  • Early support and care

Barry Syme, Chair of The Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists and Principal Educational Psychologist (Glasgow South) at Glasgow City Council

10:25-10:45
Mental health support in schools

  • What do we need more of?
  • What do Scottish schools do well?
  • What parts of the puzzle are we missing?

Kenny Graham, Member, Scottish Children’s Services Coalition & Head of Education, Falkland House School

10:45-11:10
Opportunities for questions and discussion

11:10-11:30
Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Session 2: Supporting schools to support young people

11:30-11:55
‘Stress Control’: teaching 15 year olds to ‘become your own therapist’ – The St Paul’s High School pilot

  • Early intervention and prevention in an area of high deprivation
  • Developing a sustainable CBT/positive psychology approach
  • Developing synergy by teaching pupils, parents and staff

Dr Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control

11:55-12:15
Tackling Mental Health Stigma in Schools

  • Understanding the issues impacting young people’s mental health
  • Overview of See Me in Schools – A ‘whole school’ approach to
    ending mental health stigma and discrimination
  • Introduction to tools and approaches to combat stigma and
    discrimination

Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me

12:15-12:30
Opportunities for questions and discussion

12:30-13:15
Lunch and opportunities for networking

13:15-13:20
Chair’s Welcome Back

13:20-13:30
Taster session: supporting emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing in children through music
Suzanne Butler, Project Manager/Event Leader, Fischy Music

Session 3: Working together to share and embed good practice

13:30-14:30
Interactive session
“Building resilience: Promoting whole school approaches to promoting mental health and wellbeing”

  • What helps or undermines the development of resilience in children &
    young people
  • What approaches schools can take to support wellbeing in pupils,
    families and staff
  • Hear examples of good practice and resources from schools

Featuring:

  • Pattie Santelices, Principal Officer (Mental Health & Wellbeing), City of Edinburgh Council
  • Karen Richmond, Depute Head, South Morningside Primary School
  • Molly Page, Development Officer (Mental Health & Wellbeing), City of Edinburgh Council
  • Jenny Burnett, Teacher, Castleview Primary School

14:30-14:50
The Childline ‘For me’ app
Kirsty Donnelly, Community Manager, Childline

14:50-15:20
Closing Address
“The synergy between effective learning and teaching and mental health and wellbeing: Empowering professional collaboration and discussion between Learning and Teaching Practitioners and others”

  • Effective learning and teaching embeds strategies that provide support and encouragement for learners with mental health and wellbeing challenges. How do we maximise on this and empower learning and teaching practitioners to engage with meaningful and informed discussions as part of wider support for learners?
  • How might learning and teaching practitioners share the synergies between effective learning and teaching practice and learner mental health and wellbeing?
  • What personal professional learning should learning and teaching practitioners consider so that they might enhance knowledge and understanding of mental health and wellbeing challenges within learning and teaching environments?
  • What should be implemented by learning and teaching practitioners to ensure that they themselves maintain positive mental health and wellbeing? How might they encourage and support colleagues to implement positive mental health and wellbeing practice?

Hugh Smith, Education, Learning and Teaching Consultant & Lead Editor and Author of ‘The Impact of Mental health and Well-being on Effective Learning and Teaching: A Practical Guide for Those Responsible for Learners’ (to be published in June 2017)

15:20-15:40
Opportunities for questions and discussion

15:40-15:45
Chair’s closing remarks

SPEAKERS
Julia Egan
Dr Julia Egan, Professional Adviser for Public Health, Early Years and Childrens Services, Directorate for Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government
Julia Egan is currently on secondment as Professional Advisor for Public Health, Early Years and Children’s Services with the Chief Nurse’s Office in the Scottish Government. Her background is in Health Visiting, child protection and senior management. Julia’s current substantive post is as a Consultant in Public Health (Nursing) and she has leadership for inequalities, vulnerable groups and early years.
Over the last two years Julia has led reviews of Health Visiting, School and District Nursing Services across Scotland seeking to focus and maximise health’s role in prevention and early intervention.
Julia has a strong interest in organisational leadership and the importance of positive culture in maximising outcomes for staff and clients. Her PhD explored the relationship between leadership, leadership behaviours and organisational culture.


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Pattie Santelices, Principal Officer (Mental Health & Wellbeing), City of Edinburgh Council
Pattie Santelices works to co-ordinate, develop and deliver a range of programmes and training to promote positive mental and emotional health in children, young people, parents and staff. These include Growing Confidence, Roots of Empathy, Building Resilience, Rights Respecting Schools, Turn Your Life Around and a range of parent and carer programmes. All the work is focused on inspiring pupils, staff and families in how they can make a difference to their own lives and those around them. For more information email – growingconfidence@edinburgh.gov.uk

Pattie will lead an interactive session featuring:

  • Karen Richmond, Depute Head, South Morningside Primary School
  • Molly Page, Development Officer (Mental Health & Wellbeing), City of Edinburgh Council
  • Jenny Burnett, Teacher, Castleview Primary School


Barry Syme
Barry Syme, Chair of The Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists and Principal Educational Psychologist (Glasgow South) at Glasgow City Council
Barry is currently Principal Educational Psychologist for the South Area of Glasgow. He has been an educational psychologist within Glasgow for over 20 years. He is currently the Chair of the Association of Scottish Educational Psychologists (ASPEP) and he is a representative on a number of national steering groups.

Barry has a particular interest in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. He represents Education Services on the Glasgow Choose Life Group and has been involved in developing suicide awareness and prevention training across all educational establishments in the City. He has worked with colleagues from GGC Health in developing referral pathways and supports for promoting mental health and how these link with the development of Glasgow’s ‘Towards a Nurturing City’.

Other specialist remits include Early Years, Quality Improvement, Youth Justice and supporting children with English as an Additional Language (EAL).


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Dr. Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control
Dr. Jim White is an internationally-recognised expert in managing common problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. Aware that health-care organisations were seeing only the tip of the iceberg in terms of those suffering from stress and, therefore, unable to do any significant preventative or early intervention work, he devised Stress Control thirty years ago as an attempt to improve outcomes for individuals while, at the same time, hugely improving efficiency by offering evidence-based help to many more people than individual approaches would allow. At the time, this was a highly unusual approach but peer-reviewed research and evaluation showing that efficiency and effectiveness could be improved upon, the class has become widely available across the world. A recent Stress Control class in Malahide, Ireland, attracted 450 people.

Jim has presented at many national and international conferences and events and acted as a National Advisor to the Scottish Government. He was involved with the European Union on how to develop mental health services across Europe using interventions he has devised including Stress Control. He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written three influential books on stress management –StressPac, Harcourt Brace, 1997; Treating Anxiety and Stress, Wiley, 2000 and ‘Stress Control: a mind, body, life model to boost wellbeing’, Robinson, 2017. He co-edited The Oxford Guide to Low-intensity CBT Interventions, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Jim worked for over thirty years as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the NHS and was the originator of the highly innovative and successful ‘Glasgow Steps’ approach to common mental health problems – an approach increasingly copied across the world.


Kenny Graham
Kenny Graham, Member, Scottish Children’s Services Coalition & Head of Education, Falkland House School
Kenny is currently the Head of education at Falkland House School. The school supports boy’s aged from 8-18 who experience a range of Additional Support Needs. Falkland House School were founding members of the Scottish Children’s Services Coalition, an alliance of organisations committed to campaigning and advocating for Scotland’s Children.

Kenny is a spokesperson for the coalition and has provided representation in a wide range of forums including media and at parliament. In over twenty years of working with children who have ASN Kenny has experienced a range of roles from carer, teacher, Lecturer to Leadership. With a particular interest in Outdoor Learning Kenny has always been focused on positive outcomes through engaging experience.


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Hugh Smith, Education, Learning and Teaching Consultant & Lead Editor and Author of ‘The Impact of Mental health and Well-being on Effective Learning and Teaching: A Practical Guide for Those Responsible for Learners’ (to be published in June 2017)
Hugh Smith is an Education, Learning and Teaching Consultant, and experienced Teacher Educator, who now focuses on academic writing, public speaking, publishing and research. His learning and teaching experience spans four decades and until 2015, was a senior academic in a Scottish University School of Education responsible for Career-Long Professional Learning.

Hugh is the architect of the first online masters degree in Mental Health and Education in Scotland and contributing adviser to the development of a masters degree in Vulnerability. He has worked closely with the Scottish Government Learning Directorate on master level learning for teachers and has been an adviser for agencies and client groups on online professional learning.

He has delivered a range of workshops and is an experienced contributor to national and international conferences. He reviews academic papers for the international journal Professional Development in Education, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN). He champions mental health and wellbeing as a key contributor to effective learning and teaching.

Hugh is a contributing author and one of three editors for the 2016 seminal text “Mental Health and Well-Being in the Learning and Teaching Environment” (Published by Swan and Horn) and is a contributing author and lead editor for two new learning and teaching practitioner books “The Impact of Mental Health and Wellbeing on Effective Learning and Teaching: A Practical Guide for those responsible for learners” (Published by Swan and Horn – available later in 2017)


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Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me
Laura Sharpe is the Education and Young People’s Manager for See Me. During her time at See Me Laura has led on the development of the new ‘What’s On Your Mind?’ pack for schools, which was released for download in November last year and had been piloted in six schools across Scotland.

To do that Laura brought together a group of young volunteers, actively involving and engaging them to lead the change they hope to see in the world.

Before joining See Me Laura spent 15 years working with children and young people in programmes across the third sector, helping to tackle a number of equality issues and developing programmes to improve young people’s lives.


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Kirsty Donnelly, Community Manager, Childline
Kirsty Donnelly is a part of NSPCC Childline’s Online Services which acts as the link between the helpline service and it’s online platforms. As Childline’s Community Manager, Kirsty holds responsibility for all Childline’s digital platforms (Childline.org.uk, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram) encouraging effective engagement and peer support amongst young people within the Childline message board and social media communities.

As well as managing these communities, Kirsty gathers and collates feedback from young people to help improve Childline’s practice and content and provides expert advice on how best to support an online community. She leads on the development of organisational policies and procedures to safeguard young people while ensuring their voices are heard.

Childline offers confidential support to any child or young person under the age of 19 and allows young people to speak to trained staff and volunteers on the phone, by email and via online 1-2-1 chats. Childline is consistently adapting to meet the changing needs of the young people who use them. In July 2016, Childline completed their website redevelopment, offering an improved experience on mobile devices and allowing young people access to a number of tools to support themselves. The recent launch of the Childline app, ‘For Me’, gives young people more choice in how they wish to access help.


Suzanne Butler
Suzanne Butler, Project Manager/Event Leader, Fischy Music
Suzanne Butler is Project Manager/Event Leader for Edinburgh-based children’s music charity, Fischy Music. She has been involved with Fischy since its founding in 1998, and also plays a key role in in writing the songs and resources that are used by schools, families and community groups across the UK. Also a singer and violinist in her own right; Suzanne is passionate about the role of music and song in our lives – both individually and in society. She uses her experience and enthusiasm to help children and adults have positive experiences of the power of music through singing, song writing and listening. Suzanne lives in East Lothian with her husband and two children.


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Calum Irving, Director, See Me
Calum Irving has been the Director of See Me, Scotland’s programme to end metal health discrimination, since June 2016.

Previously he worked in communications and campaigns across the public sector, before he was appointed the Director of Stonewall Scotland, in 2005, building a programme focussed on improving the lived experience of LGBT Scots across workplaces, public services and at school.

Calum built upon his experience in influencing for change by moving to the Manchester based Our Life focussing on alcohol and diet related public health. There he played a major role in building a North West wide movement for change in alcohol harm.

Immediately prior to joining See Me Calum was the first Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Scotland, the network of local third sector support organisations known as ‘TSIs’.


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VENUE
COSLA Conference Centre,
Verity House,
19 Haymarket Yards,
Edinburgh,
EH12 5BH

Tel: +44 (0)131 474 9200
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DIRECTIONS
By Rail, Haymarket Station.
Approximately 5 minutes walk.

By Air, Edinburgh Airport.
Approximately 15 minutes away.

By car…

Directions to and from COSLA

Audience

Our 2016 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference was a sell-out, attracting 135 delegates from across the education, health, care, social work and third sectors.

Over half the audience were representatives from Scotland’s schools.

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Attendees included:

  • Assistant Director (Children & Families)
  • CAMHS Development Officer
  • Counsellor in School Health
  • CYP Programme Officer
  • Depute Headteacher
  • Education Officer
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Head of Guidance
  • Head of Curriculum, Learning & Teaching
  • Headteacher
  • Health Improvement Officer (Schools)
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Health Visitor
  • Lead Counsellor, Children & Young People
  • Lead School Nurse
  • Looked After Children Nurse
  • Primary Care Mental Health Nurse
  • Principal Clinical Psychologist
  • Principal Teacher, Pupil Support
  • Quality Improvement Officer
  • School & Learning Support Officer
  • School Mental Health Practitioner
  • School Nursing Development Manager
  • Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing
  • Senior Educational Psychologist
  • Senior Lead Officer (Children & Young People’s Services)
  • Service Manager, Children & Families
  • Youth Project Manager

Speakers

Delegates heard from a range of senior speakers –

  • Suzanne Hargreaves, Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing, Education Scotland
  • Dr Ross Whitehead, HBSC Research Fellow, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, University of St Andrews
  • Billy Watson, Chief Executive, SAMH
  • Brian Donnelly, Director, respectme
  • Jonathan Wood, National Manager – Scotland, Place2be Scotland
  • Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Assistant Policy Director, LGBT Youth Scotland
  • Dr Heather Cleland Woods, School of Psychology, University of Glasgow
  • Kirsty McCahill MSYP, Equalities Committee Convener, Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Sean Bookless, Content Editor, Young Scot
  • Charlotte Fountaine, Designer, Snook

What delegates said…

The delegate feedback received for the conference was the joint-highest received for any event run by the Hub to date.

Delegates gave the conference an overall performance score of 95/100
performance score - 95

Delegate comments included –

Excellent conference – very informative and lots of good resources and learning aids available. Thank you.

Project Manager, NHS Tayside

Enjoyed the informal atmosphere of the conference. Excellent speakers. Venue (COSLA Conference Centre) excellent for delegates travelling from further North.

Depute Rector, Aberdeenshire Council

A very well organised event with excellent speakers – clear, concise, humerous, well informed and realistic!

Principal Teacher Pastoral Support, Falkirk Council

Brilliant day. Interesting line-up of presentations relevant to my organisation and topics which aligned with my own research. Lots of food for thought!

Director, Edinburgh-based Social Enterprise

Excellent buzz in the room, excellent question and answer sessions following excellent presentations. Also excellent chairing by Billy Watson.

Depute Head Teacher, Moray Council

This event was extremely insightful and helpful to my practice

Principal Teacher Pupil Support, South Lanarkshire Council