The 2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland's Schools conference: Sharing ideas, experiences and good practice
As more young people come forward with mental health problems, the pressures on support services – and particularly on schools – are significantly increasing. Effective early interventions and preventative approaches (such as an enhanced focus on mental health education and awareness) are critical to ensuring as many young people as possible receive the help and support they need.
There are examples of excellent mental health support being provided in schools across Scotland – from helping pupils to build resilience and manage their own stress and anxiety; to reducing stigma and encouraging pupil-led peer support.
Collectively, there may already be a range of effective practices that schools and wider integrated children’s services can adapt to the needs and demands of the young people they work with, but if we don’t share what’s working well with others, how will we know?
With keynote interactive sessions led by Audit Scotland and SAMH, this year’s annual conference will encourage participants to share their ideas and experiences of providing mental health and wellbeing support to young people – What works, what could be improved upon and what are the impediments to getting it right?
Chief Executive, SAMH
Audit Manager, Audit Scotland; Lead for the forthcoming performance audit on children and young people’s mental health
Head of Additional Support Services, Highland Council
PT GIRFEC, North Ayrshire Council
Teacher, Wallace High School & SAMH Education Development Officer
Jane Messer & Joanna Lawson
Educational Psychologists, Fife Council
CAMHS Project Officer, North Ayrshire Council
National Manager – Scotland, Place2be Scotland
Team Leader - Health Visiting & School Nursing Team, NHS Grampian
Head of S6, George Heriot's School
School Mental Health Practitioner, Garioch School Nursing Team
08:45-09:20 Registration and arrival refreshments
09:20-09:35 Chair’s Welcome Address
David Cameron, Educational Consultant
Session One – Children and Young People’s Mental Health in Scotland
09:35-10:00 Children and Young People’s Mental Health in Scotland – the key audit findings, recommendations and good practice
- Scope of the audit
- Findings and recommendations
- Early intervention and prevention – the role of schools
Dharshi Santhakumaran, Audit Manager, Audit Scotland
10:00-10:10 Opportunities for questions and discussion
10:10-10:40 Good practice case studies from across Scotland
“Sharing CAMHS between a Local Authority and NHS Board: the benefits of an Integrated Children’s Service in Highland”
Bernadette Cairns, Head of Additional Support Services, Highland Council
“Connecting with Mental Health”
Fiona Watson, PT GIRFEC, North Ayrshire Council & Myra Hessett, CAMHS Project Officer, North Ayrshire Council
“Co-ordination and early intervention: The role of a School Mental Health Practitioner”
Linda Stewart, School Mental Health Practitioner, Garioch School Nursing Team & Kate Hunter, Team Leader – Health Visiting & School Nursing Team, NHS Grampian
10:40-11:10 Panel and audience discussion – “Sharing your experiences”
Led by Audit Scotland and our Chair, David Cameron, this panel and audience discussion will provide an opportunity for panellists and delegates to share their experiences of providing mental health and wellbeing support services to young people – what works, what doesn’t and what are the barriers to improvement?
- Dharshi Santhakumaran, Audit Manager, Audit Scotland
- Bernadette Cairns, Head of Additional Support Services, Highland Council
- Fiona Watson, PT GIRFEC, North Ayrshire Council
- Myra Hessett, CAMHS Project Officer, North Ayrshire Council
- Linda Stewart, School Mental Health Practitioner, Garioch School Nursing Team
- Kate Hunter, Team Leader – Family Health Team, NHS Grampian
11:10-11:30 Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking
Session Two – The vital role schools can play
11:30-11:50 The SAMH Scottish schools survey on Mental Health
- Survey results and beyond
- What did schools say they needed?
- How do we deliver this?
- What next?
Billy Watson, Chief Executive, SAMH
11:50-12:05 Case study: Wallace High School – a whole school approach
Pam Steel, Teacher, Wallace High School & SAMH Education Development Officer
12:05-12:20 Educational Psychology support for mental health and wellbeing in Fife
Jane Messer & Joanna Lawson, Educational Psychologists, Fife Council
12:20-12:30 Opportunities for questions and discussion
12:30-13:00 Open Forum
Led by SAMH and our Chair, David Cameron, this open forum will ask delegates at each roundtable to discuss some of the key questions raised throughout the session, including:
- What does the Scottish Government need to do in order to ensure school-based counselling is a success?
- In the SAMH survey, teachers told us they wanted more training in mental health. How should this training be delivered, and what should it look like?
- What do you need to support your own mental health?
13:00-13:55 Lunch and opportunities for networking
13:55-14:00 Chair’s Welcome Back
Session Three – Developing support services with young people, for young people
14:00-14:45 Love Your Mind
“Creating a culture of Wellbeing in Schools – a strategy”
Interactive session showcasing George Heriot’s ‘Love Your Mind’ campaign – sharing the approaches, activities and materials that George Heriot’s have used to provide their students with a better understanding of emotional wellbeing.
Anne Connor, Head of S6, George Heriot’s School & students from George Heriot’s
14:45-15:05 Place2Be’s experience of delivering a mental health service in schools
Jonathan Wood, National Manager – Scotland, Place2be Scotland
15:05-15:40 Developing support services with young people, for young people – The Youth Commission on Mental Health Services
This interactive session, led by a number of the Commissioners from The Youth Commission on Mental Health Services, will explore what young people have to say about child and adolescent mental health services and how they can be improved.
15:40-15:45 Chair’s Round-up and Closing Remarks
COSLA Conference Centre
19 Haymarket Yards
t: 0131 474 9200