Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools - The role of the school in working toward a healthier Scotland

Mental Health in schools

THURSDAY 02 JUNE 2016

COSLA CONFERENCE CENTRE, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

In January this year the First Minister announced an additional £54m for improving access to mental health services. including access for child and adolescent needs.

With the number of young people seeking help for mental health issues on the rise, schools are at the forefront of providing support but also hold the key to prevention in enabling young people. How can we prevent crisis point and support a proactive approach to positive mental health and wellbeing in Scottish Schools?

With an emphasis on sharing the lessons learned from existing practice, this one-day training conference will explore:

Insight and improvements

  • Mental health strategy for Scotland and the role of schools
  • Working with young people under pressure
  • Resilience – the key to prevention?

Prevention and Pro-active Policies

  • Adopting best practice in mental health wellbeing
  • Preventative approaches and how to work with families

Knowledge and best practice

  • Understanding the issues affecting young people
  • Pressures on young people and what next?

Supported by

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

Dr Heather Cleland Woods

School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

Brandi Lee Lough Dennell

Assistant Policy Director, LGBT Youth Scotland

Sean Bookless

Content Editor, Young Scot

Charlotte Fountaine

Designer, Snook

Kirsty McCahill MSYP

Equalities Committee Convener, Scottish Youth Parliament

Agenda

08:45-09:30       Registration and morning refreshments

Session One: Setting the scene

09:30-09:40       Chair’s welcome and introduction
Billy Watson, Chief Executive, SAMH

09:40-10:10       Welcome Address
“Society and Mental Health – an overview of the current national and international picture with trends over time”
Dr Ross Whitehead, HBSC Research Fellow, Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit, University of St Andrews

10:10-10:30       Keynote Address – Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scottish schools

  • Supporting mental health: the role of the school
  • Curriculum for excellence and GIRFEC
  • Exam pressure and stress – how to recognise and help

Suzanne Hargreaves, Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing, Education Scotland

10:30-10:50       Opportunities for questions and discussion

10:50-11:10       Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Session Two: Support in the school

11:10-11:50       Resilience building in Schools

  • What we have learned from the past 10 years in Scotland
  • Why resilience matters
  • The vital work of school-based support

Jonathan Wood, National Manager – Scotland, Place2be Scotland

11:50-12:10       Supporting LGBT students

  • Best practice and latest training
  • Inequalities in the mental health of LGBT young people
  • What support can you give?

Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Assistant Policy Director, LGBT Youth Scotland

12:10-12:30       Bullying and mental health

  • What is the impact?
  • What do Scottish schools do well?
  • What do we need more of?
  • And how can we help restore what is lost when bullying occurs?

Brian Donnelly, Director, respectme

12:30-12:50       Opportunities for questions and discussion

12:50-13:40       Buffet lunch, opportunities for networking

Session Three: The future mental health of young people

13:40-13:45       Chair’s Welcome Back

13:45-14:05       The impact of social media on young people

  • The implications of a 24 hour digital lifestyle
  • What are the added pressures facing teens in 2016?
  • What future trends should we be aware of?

Dr Heather Cleland Woods, School of Psychology, University of Glasgow

14:05-14:15       Opportunities for questions and discussion

14:15-14:30       Speak your Mind

  • Promoting the positive
  • Stopping stigma
  • Engaging young people in mental health discussions

Kirsty McCahill MSYP, Equalities Committee Convener, Scottish Youth Parliament

14:30-15:25       An introduction to Aye Mind
Sean Bookless, Content Editor, Young Scot

followed by…

Aye Mind Gif-making Workshop
Led by: Charlotte Fountaine, Designer, Snook

15:25-15:30       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