The 2019 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference
THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2019
EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE (EICC), CENTRAL EDINBURGH
Feedback from last year’s conference was clear – delegates were keen to have more time to share ideas, listen to more practical examples and take away more resources to use in their school setting. As a result, our 2019 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools conference is all about sharing ideas, experiences and good practice.
Now in its 4th year, the conference is a key event in the calendar for education and mental health professionals across Scotland.
The conference will begin with an engagement session led by The Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee. Over the past year, the Committee has been running an inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland – aiming to understand and suggest improvements on how young people feeling low and/or anxious can get the advice and support they need, particularly for the first time. This opening session will provide the Committee with an opportunity to speak directly with those delivering mental health and wellbeing support in Schools.
Our second session will focus on key data and trends in young people’s health and wellbeing, including results from the latest Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) study – and explore how the recently launched Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) can support schools in using data to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of their pupils.
Post-lunch, we will hold a 90-minute Ideas Hub – entirely dedicated to showcasing approaches, resources or lesson plans around children and young people’s mental health that have been delivered in schools across Scotland. If you offer mental health and wellbeing support and guidance to young people, there will hopefully be some ideas and approaches here that might help!
|PUBLIC PETITIONS COMMITTEE, The Scottish Parliament
DR JOANNA INCHLEY, International Coordinator of the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) study & Co-Principal Investigator of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow
PATTIE SANTELICES, Health & Wellbeing Team, City of Edinburgh Council
LAURA SHARPE, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me Scotland
DAWN HAUGHTON, Network Manager of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow
ANDY DINGWALL, Deputy Headteacher, Blairgowrie High School
NICOLA FERGUSON, Depute Head Teacher, Doune Primary School
SUE PARSONS, Class Teacher, Doune Primary School
ASHLEY MONTGOMERY, Curriculum Leader – PE, McLaren High School
DAVID CAMERON, Educational Consultant
In July this year, the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Task Force (jointly commissioned by the Scottish Government and COSLA) published its recommendations – whilst underlining the importance of a whole system approach, the Task Force concluded that transformational change is required to improve children and young people’s mental health and that early intervention and preventative approaches are critical to achieving this.
Working alongside GIRFEC partners, a collaborative, whole-systems approach to early mental health support and intervention will, inevitably, place the school at the centre. Daily contact with their students provides opportunities for teachers, pupil support staff and school nurses to observe changes in a child’s mental health and wellbeing and spot the signs that a young person requires support.
Yet many school staff feel that they do not have sufficient training or expertise in mental health to allow them to fully carry out their role in providing young people with effective support and guidance. Responses to pupils experiencing mental health problems are often based on instinct or experience of what appeared to be effective in previous cases. As the emphasis shifts toward early intervention and prevention, there is an increasing need to share ideas, experiences and good practice and identify effective models of service delivery – within schools and between schools and wider integrated children’s services.
David Cameron, Educational Consultant
The Public Petitions Committee
Over the past year, the Public Petitions Committee has been running an inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland. The inquiry aims to understand and suggest improvements on how young people feeling low and/or anxious can get the advice and support they need, particularly for the first time.
Since the inquiry was launched, a high volume of written evidence has been received from a wide range of stakeholders including young people, service providers, professionals working within the field of mental health and other organisations with an interest in the inquiry. Following an in-depth review, the Committee has agreed to arrange a series of external visits to hear more about some of the issues that were raised through this written evidence, first-hand.
One of these issues highlighted concerns around the current provision of mental health training available for teachers and other school staff. The purpose of this session is therefore to provide the Committee with an opportunity to speak directly with people working within the education sector to understand –
- The extent to which teachers and other school staff feel ‘geared up’ to deal with supporting a young person feeling low and/or anxious;
- What improvements need to be made to mental health training available for teachers and other school staff.
Dr Joanna Inchley, International Coordinator of the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) study & Co-Principal Investigator of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow
Dawn Haughton, Network Manager of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE), University of Glasgow
Case studies from two schools on how they are addressing mental health and wellbeing issues and how they have used the SHINE Health and Wellbeing data reports to help with their health action planning
Featuring a number of short ‘pitches’ by presenters showcasing approaches, resources or lesson plans around children and young people’s mental health that have been delivered in schools across Scotland.
Followed by roundtable discussions and questions.
There are 10 exhibitor spaces available at the conference. We don’t offer set packages, instead we seek to understand what your aims and priorities are and then look to develop a bespoke set of promotional opportunities that best fit your needs.
INTERESTED? WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. CONTACT LAUREN AT…
tel: 0131 344 4611
Researchers from the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews have established a Scottish Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) with 104 Scottish schools recruited, so far. The SHINE network supports schools in addressing their health and wellbeing needs, with a focus on mental health, by providing school-level health and wellbeing data reports to facilitate the identification of improvement planning priorities and the sharing of good practice across school communities, as well as the wider network. SHINE is part-funded by the MRC Mental Health Data Pathfinder (www.gla.ac.uk/shine).
|EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT
The early bird discount for this event ended on Friday 13 September 2019.
GROUP BOOKING DISCOUNT
(Commercial organisations – Ltd, plc, LLP etc)
(Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, NHS, police, universities and colleges etc.)
(Charities, voluntary and community groups, tenant and patient groups, professional bodies, trade unions etc)
Available to all attendees from schools
Tel: +44 (0)131 300 3000
The closest stop to the EICC is Haymarket Station, just a 5-10 minute walk away. When exiting Haymarket Station head right (east), towards the pedestrian crossing at the Haymarket junction. Walk straight up Morrison Street for a few minutes and you will find the EICC on the left hand side.
Edinburgh Trams run between the Airport and York Place every 8-10 minutes. The closest tram stop to the EICC is at Haymarket Station. At the Haymarket stop head towards the pedestrian crossing at the Haymarket junction. Walk straight up Morrison Street for a few minutes and you will find the EICC on the left hand side.
There are many car parks in close walking distance to the EICC. Please access the following links for further details:
- Semple Street Car Park located 300 meters from the EICC
- National Car Parks (NCP) in central Edinburgh
- Sheraton Hotel Car Park located 150 meters from the EICC, with limited accessible parking spaces
To find other spaces near the EICC, visit yourparkingspace.co.uk
The 2018 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference: Sharing ideas, experiences and good practice (Wednesday 07 November 2018) – https://policyhubscotland.co.uk/events/2018-mental-health-in-schools-conference/
The 2017 Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools conference: Getting mental health right for every child (Friday 28 April 2017) – www.policyhubscotland.co.uk/events/2017-mental-health-in-schools-conference/
Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools – The role of the school in working toward a healthier Scotland (Thursday 02 June 2016) – www.policyhubscotland.co.uk/events/mental-health-in-schools-conference/
Previous years have attracted attendees from a variety of backgrounds and roles, including:
- 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
- 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
The events also featured a range of expert speakers, some of whom are listed below –
- Suzanne Hargreaves, Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing, Education Scotland
- Billy Watson, Chief Executive, SAMH
- Dr Julia Egan, Professional Adviser for Public Health, Early Years and Childrens Services, Directorate for Chief Nursing Officer, Scottish Government
- Dharshi Santhakumaran, Audit Manager, Audit Scotland; Lead for the performance audit on children and young people’s mental health
- 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
- Pam Steel, Teacher, Wallace High School & SAMH Education Development Officer
- Bernadette Cairns, Head of Additional Support Services, Highland Council
- Brian Donnelly, Director, respectme
- Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People’s Manager, See Me
- Kate Hunter, Team Leader – Health Visiting & School Nursing Team, NHS Grampian
- Anne Connor, Head of S6, George Heriot’s School
- Jane Messer, Educational Psychologist, Fife Council
- Jonathan Wood, National Manager, Place2be Scotland
- Kenny Graham, Head of Education, Falkland House School
- Karen Richmond, Depute Head, South Morningside Primary School
- Kirsty McCahill MSYP, Equalities Committee Convener, Scottish Youth Parliament
What delegates said…
Past 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