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

Mental Health in schools

FRIDAY 28 APRIL 2017

COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

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

Supported by

Speakers

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

Laura Sharpe

Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me

Dr. Jim White

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control

Kenny Graham

Member, Scottish Children's Services Coalition & Head of Education, Falkland House School

Karen Richmond

Depute Head, South Morningside Primary School

Kirsty Donnelly

Community Manager, Childline

Calum Irving

Director, See Me

Jenny Burnett

Teacher, Castleview Primary 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’

Suzanne Butler

Project Manager/Event Leader, Fischy Music

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

Venue

Hosted by

COSLA Conference Centre
Verity House

19 Haymarket Yards
Edinburgh
EH12 5BH

t: 0131 474 9200

www.cosla.gov.uk/conference_centre