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Mental Health and Wellbeing in Scotland’s Schools: Minimizing the impact of Covid-19 on young people

450+ Learners


The impact of Covid-19 on young people

School Counselling

Peer Education and Support

Good Body Image

Bereavement Support

Supporting Teacher Mental Health

...and much more...


Video Classes



7 hrs


With slides & additional resources for each class; the ability to take notes throughout the course & a Certificate of Course Completion.

Course content available to learners for....



The impact of Covid-19 has been felt across the generations. For children and young people, it has proved to be a very challenging time – their education and social development has been interrupted, but schools offer so much more than simply education. Health and wellbeing support and guidance offered in schools has been sorely missed.

At least a third of young people aged 8 to 24 said they had experienced an increase of mental health and wellbeing issues including stress, loneliness and worry (Barnados, 2020).

Based on our annual conference, this on-demand learning course brings expert trainers – including Schools and Local Authorities; the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee; The SHINE Network; School Counselling Coordinators; Public Health Scotland; the Mental Health Foundation and more – straight to your device. You can click and play as many of the 12 video classes as you like, whenever you like, in whichever order you like. Providing you with ideas and thoughts on how we can minimize the impact of Covid-19 on children and young people.

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!


In February 2022, we launched an update to the course featuring a further four video classes for learners – focusing on supporting teacher wellbeing and managing work-related stress, as well as promoting the ‘Children and Young People’s Mental Health’ resource developed for the Scottish Government by the Mental Health Foundation, Children’s Health Scotland and Digital Bricks.

Key Topics

  • Understanding and responding to the impact of Covid-19 on young people
  • The role of Counselling in Schools – getting support where it is needed, when it is needed
  • How to build resilience in pupils, staff and families
  • Encouraging Peer Education and Support for Mental Health
  • Supporting teacher mental health
  • Offering Bereavement Support in schools
  • Promoting Good Body Image
  • Supporting LGBT+ young people who encounter online bullying and prejudice
  • Delivering Trauma informed education and the power of healthy relationships


Course rates for learners

1 Learner


3-5 learners

Small group
£ 80 Per person

6-500+ learners

Large group
£ 75-15 Per person

Detailed course agenda

SAMPLE CLASS: Course Welcome and introduction – David Cameron (05:38)


The findings of the Inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland – Johann Lamont MSP (14:31)

  • Engagement undertaken and evidence received during the Inquiry
  • Report recommendations – at national and local level
  • Mental Health First Aid Training for all those working with children and young people – including in teacher training programmes
  • The critical role of the education sector

An introduction to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health resource – Chris Sheridan (04:02)

  • An overview of mental health and wellbeing
  • Factors influencing mental health and wellbeing
  • Applying prevention-based approaches to mental health and wellbeing
  • School Staff Wellbeing


The SHINE Mental Health survey: understanding and responding to the impact of Covid-19 on young people – Dr Jo Inchley, Dawn Haughton, Fiona McKerral & Suzie Dick (3 parts – 12:57, 11:47. 32:08)

  • Impact of COVID-19 and lockdown measures on children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • 3 priorities for UK decision makers to support CYP’s mental health and wellbeing
  • The SHINE pupil online mental health survey
  • The experiences of two schools – St Mary’s Primary School (West Lothian) & Arran High School (North Ayrshire)

Counselling in Schools: getting support where it is needed, when it is needed – Andy Dingwall, Sarah Paul, Amy Murney & Hyeri Kim (34:40)

  • Counselling in Schools – making best use of the counselling resource available
  • The role of the school counsellor
  • The implementation of counselling services in schools
  • Experiences across Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross, Stirling, Clackmannanshire and West Lothian Council areas


10 things that help build resilience in pupils, staff and families – Pattie Santelices (18:07)

  • Why Focus On Mental Health?
  • Risk Factors for Children’s Mental Health
  • Building Resilience and Introducing our character, Skipper
  • 10 things identified by the research that we use to build understanding of resilience in pupils, staff and families

The Peer Education Project for mental health: when the students become the teachers – Eilidh Quinn, Kirstin Fraser & Jacqueline Pollock (30:20)

  • The importance of Prevention in Public Mental Health
  • The effectiveness of Peer Education
  • Peer Education in Schools and the Peer Education Project
  • Peer led education in practice: the experiences of Port Glasgow & St Mungo’s High Schools

Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Pupils in Education – Dr Libby Artingstall & Dr Sile McDaid (17:31)

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of young people
  • How the education sector can make a difference
  • Talking to children and young people
  • Effective Signposting


Death Education and Bereavement Support In Schools – Rebecca Patterson (17:10)

  • What impact does bereavement have on young people?
  • What can schools do to help?
  • What practical action can schools take?
  • Building staff confidence
  • Creating a School Bereavement Policy

Changing how young people in Scotland think and feel about body image – Julie Cameron (19:53)

  • What do we mean by body image?
  • Why is body image important?
  • The findings of the Scottish Government Advisory Group on Good Body Image
  • What supports good body image?

Online in Lockdown: Supporting LGBT+ young people who encounter online bullying and prejudice – Jordan Daly (37:49)

  • The Online in Lockdown Report (2020) – Wellbeing, Bullying and Prejudice
  • The Emotional Wellbeing of LGBT+ young people
  • Experiences of online bullying and prejudice
  • Identifying, reporting and key tips for young people

Trauma informed education – Maureen McAteer, Hazel Russell & Sharon McCafferty (21:22)

  • What is being carried (both seen and unseen)?
  • Survival responses – fight, flight or freeze
  • Creating safety in schools
  • The importance of healthy relationships


Supporting teacher mental health and wellbeing – Carly Grant & Susan Monks (32:45)

  • Embedding relational, trauma sensitive approaches in education
  • Teachers as part of the public health workforce
  • Our work in relation to teacher mental health and wellbeing
  • Looking after your own mental health – Adopting Daily Psychological Protection

Teacher Wellbeing – Mental Health matters for our education professionals – Shelley Buckley (29:47)

  • Why should teacher wellbeing be a priority?
  • What can we do to promote wellbeing for ourselves?
  • What does good self-care look like?
  • Changing our perceptions of mental health and wellbeing

Managing Mental Health and Work-related Stress – Wayne Bates (25:37)

  • Creating a focus on occupational Ill-health and mental wellbeing
  • Managing work-related stress
  • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary interventions
  • Preventing work-related stress in schools – Toolkit

Rural Mental Health – Making Mental Health Everyone’s Business – Jim Hume (13:26)

  • The particular challenges with Rural Mental Health
  • The Stress Curve and Reducing Stress
  • Insight Into Common Mental Health Conditions

Learner Feedback

Your Feedback and Your Thoughts

Introducing Our Trainers

Dr Jo Inchley

Jo is a behavioural scientist and public health researcher, specialising in child and adolescent health. Her research covers a wide range of topics
including mental health, school health, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, obesity, sleep, social media and alcohol use.

She is a Reader at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow. Jo is elected International Coordinator of the Health Behaviour of School-aged Children (HBSC) W.H.O Collaborative Cross-national study, the largest study of adolescent health and wellbeing in Europe. 

Jo also leads the UK-wide Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) network and co-leads the Scottish Schools Health and Wellbeing Research Improvement Network (SHINE) which aims to support schools in addressing the mental health needs of young people.

Andy Dingwall

Andy Dingwall is currently seconded as the Coordinator for Counselling in Schools for Tayside, working across Angus, Dundee and Perth & Kinross to support the implementation, development and ongoing improvement of this new service.  Andy has been Depute Head with responsibility for Pupil and Staff Support at Blairgowrie High School since 2015 and led on the development of the Eastern Perthshire Schools and Community Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2019-24. 

Having taught at schools in the Aberdeen area and led a department at Grove Academy, Andy has gained a range of experience in planning and leading improvements for children and young people with Education Scotland and Dundee City Council as well in his previous role as DHT at Montrose Academy.

Johann Lamont MSP

Johann Lamont MSP is the Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee. The Committee has recently concluded its inquiry into mental health support for young people in Scotland. The inquiry aimed 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.

A high volume of written evidence was received from a wide range of stakeholders including young people, service providers, teachers and school staff, and professionals working within the field of mental health. The Committee also undertook a series of external visits to hear more about some of the issues that were raised through this written evidence, first-hand – including at the Policy Hub Mental Health in Schools conference in November 2019.

The Inquiry report was published in July 2020 and was debated in the Scottish Parliament in December 2020. The Convener of the Committee moved that the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the report.

Dawn Haughton

Dawn is the Manager of the Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE) and has played a key role in the development of SHINE, working within the Complexity programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Unit at the University of Glasgow. The SHINE network aims to support schools in addressing their health and wellbeing needs, with a focus on mental health, by using a data-driven, systems-level approach to health improvement. Dawn has taken a lead responsibility for maximising the recruitment of schools who participated in the 2018 Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey to SHINE and facilitating their engagement with the Network. To manage the Network’s development, Dawn has built relationships with high level key health and education stakeholders during the critical period of the early development of the Network. The SHINE network is a pilot study, which is funded by the Medical Research Council Mental Health Data Pathfinder Award, led by Professor Daniel Smith.

Before joining the SHINE team, Dawn had a 25 year career in teaching, culminating in her final post as a Depute Headteacher in an all-through school for 3 to 18 year old students. In this role, she had responsibility for whole-school pastoral care, safeguarding and Child Protection. Dawn was a member of the Stirlingshire Regional Child Protection Sub Committee for Independent Schools & the Third Sector and represented the Scottish Guidance Association in Nov 2017 as part of a multi-agency GIRFEC focus group discussion with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister. As a keen advocate for supporting the personal development of young people, Dawn led her school’s successful bids for membership of the international schools’ network, Round Square, enabling pupils to  participate in international conferences to share ideas and action for positive change alongside young people from around the world.

Dawn’s key professional interests are bringing people and organisations together to facilitate improvements in young people’s health and wellbeing, by providing schools with up-to-date, local data and an infrastructure to share good practice.

Susan Monks

Susan works within the Public Mental Health Team at Public Health Scotland and has a focus on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention learning resources.

Susan’s remit includes supporting Action 2 of ‘Every Life Matters’ Scotland Suicide Action Plan which aims to provide learning resources for the Scottish Workforce around mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention of the Scottish workforce and leading and managing the national Mental Health and Suicide prevention training programmes.

Susan’s passion is to ensure that Scotland’s Workforce is provided with learning resources that allow for everyone to have the opportunity to positively impact on their and others mental wellbeing.

Suzie Dick

Suzie Dick is depute head for Arran High School and Lamlash Primary on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Her remit is mainly pastoral and includes setting up, organising and running the Wellbeing Centre on the Isle of Arran. Suzie set up the Scottish Island Schools Network for island depute heads focussing on health and wellbeing with the support of the SHINE Network.

Suzie has an MSc in Managing Sustainable Mountain Development and MSc in Advanced Educational Studies and is currently undertaking her Doctorate in Education with the University of the West of Scotland.

Fiona McKerral

Fiona has been Head Teacher in St. Mary’s Primary School, Bathgate, for six years and prior to this was Head Teacher in St. Margaret’s Primary, Cowie, for four years. Over this time she has successfully achieved a Diploma in School Leadership and Management (SQH) and a Master of Science, Public Service Leadership with SQH.

Fiona has a particular interest in childhood development and the impact that early life experiences can have on learning, wellbeing and life chances, as well as the pivotal role of the school in enabling and supporting all children to meet their full potential. She is part of a multi-agency steering group within West Lothian which drives forward ambitious plans to ensure highly effective systems and practice for wellbeing in all schools.

Fiona and the staff team of St. Mary’s continue to ensure that the health and wellbeing of their children, families and staff is at the heart of school developments and have welcomed the opportunity to be part of the SHINE network community.

Pattie Santelices

Pattie and her team co-ordinate, develop and deliver a range of programmes and training to promote mental health and wellbeing in children, young people, parents and staff across Edinburgh and the Lothians.  These include Growing Confidence, Roots of Empathy, Building Resilience,  1 in 5 Child Poverty Work, 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 of how they can make a difference to their own lives and those around them. For more information email: growingconfidence@

Jacqueline Pollock

“I have a MA (Hons) in English Literature and PGCE (Secondary Education) both from Glasgow University. Before teaching I worked as a stage manager for a variety of different theatre companies for three years.

A former pupil of St Mungo’s High school, I started teaching English there in 2004, moving to Pupil Support in 2006. I have been part of the pastoral team for the past thirteen years. Mental Health and Wellbeing is one of my whole school remits and something that I feel very passionate about. After I contacted the Mental Health Foundation in early 2019, St Mungo’s joined their Peer Education and Stress Less pilots. This has been a very valuable experience. This session we trained our second cohort of mental health peer educators.”

Carly Grant

Carly works in the Public Mental Health Team at Public Health Scotland, the national agency working to reduce health inequalities and improve population health in Scotland. Carly’s main role is to promote children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and particularly work around prevention and early intervention.

Working with national partners, Carly is leading on a piece of work: Creating a public mental health response to improving children and young people’s mental wellbeing. This includes developing a new narrative around young people’s mental health and supporting schools and other education settings to evaluate how they promote positive mental wellbeing. Having children and young people at the heart of this work is a key principle.

Prior to this post, Carly worked as a psychologist in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the areas of infant mental health, early intervention and looked after and accommodated CAMHS teams. Carly has always held an interest in prevention and early intervention of children and young people’s mental health difficulties and developing ways to improve, educate and empower children and young people and those supporting them to improve their mental wellbeing.

Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul is currently seconded as the Coordinator for the Counselling in Schools Service for Clackmannanshire, where she is supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of this new service.

Sarah has worked in a variety of residential settings including; supporting adults with learning difficulties, young people recently released from prison and a residential school for secondary aged girls.

Within Clackmannanshire, Sarah has worked in the Clackmannanshire School Support Service (CSSS) since 1999. CSSS supports pupils who are experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Initially Sarah was employed as a Support Worker supporting pupils in secondary schools as well as CSSS. Her last role within CSSS was as Senior Support Worker, with responsibility of supporting families across the Authority as well as supporting all transitions to and from CSSS.

Julie Cameron

Julie Cameron is the Associate Director for Scotland and Northern Ireland with the Mental Health Foundation and was the co-chair of the Scottish Government’s Advisory Group on Good Body Image. Within MHF she manages a portfolio of national programmes and research activity and takes a lead role in the development of new work streams. Julie’s background includes working directly with children and young people and more vulnerable groups to enable their voice and priorities to effect meaningful systems change and latterly as a researcher with specific expertise in programme evaluation.

Julie has 20 years’ experience in public mental health and is committed to promoting human rights and improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups who experience inequalities, stigma and discrimination. She has an interest in the links between policy, research and practice and using participatory action research methods. She has represented the Foundation in the media which in the past year has included coverage on BBC and STV news, radio interviews, the Kaye Adams show, BBC radio 4 and appearing in live debates on Scotland Tonight.

Julie is a recent member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland and is a member of the Citizenship Recovery & Inclusive Society Partnership (CRISP) funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant. This has incorporated a 4-year knowledge exchange with New York University.

Chris Sheridan

Chris Sheridan (MScEd, MScMM, FHEA, CMALT) is responsible for learning design and online delivery at Digital Bricks. She has over 15 years’ experience in education and L&D.

Chris is a specialist in technology and digital learning. She has worked extensively within the public and private sector, including the NHS, The University of Edinburgh and global corporations.

Wayne Bates

Wayne Bates is a National Negotiating Official for the NASUWT – the Teachers’ Union. His role includes having a UK-wide oversight for Health and Safety, as well as negotiating with some of the largest multi-academy trusts in England,  the Governments in Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man; as well as the Ministry of Defence.

Previously Wayne taught Physics for 13 years in a large urban secondary school, and was a workplace NASUWT representative, Health and Safety Representative and Local Negotiating Secretary

Amy Murney

Amy Murney is currently seconded as the Coordinator for School Counselling for Stirling Council. Alongside this role, Amy continues with her post as Principal Teacher of Pupil Support at Dunblane High School on a part-time basis, a role she has held since 2014.

Amy has a particular interest in mental health awareness and support and has led across these areas at Dunblane High School for the past five years.

Maureen McAteer

Maureen McAteer is currently the Assistant Director for Attainment in Barnardo’s Scotland, leading partnerships with over 400 schools across the country. Prior to this she was Project Director of the National Third Sector GIRFEC team. Her previous roles include Scottish Government’s Early Years Team and with the UK charity Action for Children. She is a former trustee of the Glasgow based charity PEEK.

Rebecca Patterson

Rebecca Patterson works for the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care, where she is Director of Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief (GLGDGG). GLGDGG is an alliance of individuals and organisations working to make Scotland a place where people help each other through the difficult times that can come with death, dying, loss and care.

Over the last nine years Rebecca has led a range of related work, including the co-ordination of annual Good Death Weeks; initiating the ‘To Absent Friends’ festival; and establishing the Scottish Compassionate Communities Network and Toolkit. She was lead author on the 2018 publication ‘A Road Less Lonely’: moving forward with public health approaches to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland, and is tutor on the University of Edinburgh online Masters in Public Health Programme module ‘public health approaches to death, dying and bereavement’.

Current projects include the Truacanta Project, a community development initiative supporting local action by communities across Scotland; and the development of End of Life Aid Skills for Everyone (EASE), a new public education course.

Eilidh Quinn

Eilidh is a Project Coordinator within the Families, Children and Young People team at the Mental Health Foundation Scotland, with a particular focus on education and schools.

During and following her Sociology and Social Anthropology undergraduate degree, Eilidh has worked in a number of third sector roles in Scotland, South Africa and Tanzania across a range of areas such as youth employability, care experience and international development.

Eilidh is experienced in and passionate about the education, wellbeing and personal development of children and young people that face barriers to accessing opportunities and realising their potential.

Shelley Buckley

Shelley Buckley joined the Mental Health Foundation as a Programme Manager for Families, Children and Young People in 2020. Shelley’s mission is to change cultural views and attitudes in relation to how we discuss mental health, influence wider systems in order to promote mental wellbeing and, raise awareness of the cultural issues which lead to stigma and disadvantage.

Shelley hails from Northern Ireland graduating from Paisley University as a Social worker in 1998, after 16 years working in different community and statutory settings, she completed her Teaching Qualification in Further Education and whilst working at Ayrshire College. She achieved her Masters in Professional Studies: Tertiary Education from University of Dundee and gained her Fellowship at the Higher Education Academy whilst working as Lecturer in Social Work at UWS (2010-2015).

Shelley co-authored the SQA Mental Health and Wellbeing Awards whilst working at the Good Shepherd Secure Care Centre which was awarded a Star Award for Innovation in Practice presented by John Swinney, Education Minister, in 2018. Prior to joining MHF she has worked tirelessly with schools across Scotland, as a consultant, to embed mental health education within the wider curriculum.

Shelley is a keen open water swimmer and cyclist, and loves spending time with her family in Scotland and Ireland and enjoys long walks with her Irish Red Setter Autumn.

Jim Hume

Jim Hume, Convener of the National Rural Mental Health Forum & Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Support in Mind Scotland

Jim Hume set up and Convenes the National Rural Mental Health Forum. The Forum is a strong dedicated network of over 225 organisations from third, private and public sectors, with an outreach of over 500,000 people in rural Scotland. In addition, he is the Director of Public Affairs and Communications at Support in Mind Scotland.

Jim is a former Member of the Scottish Parliament, having served 9 years from 2007-2016, he co-convened the Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Rural Policy, and sat on its Rural Affairs Committee. During his time in Parliament he was a health spokesperson and advocated for mental health, holding the Parliament’s first summit on mental health.

When in Parliament Jim succeeded in getting his own Members’ Bill passed on protecting children in cars from second hand smoke – Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles)(Scotland) Bill.

Prior to being a MSP Jim was a Hill Farmer in the Scottish Borders, during which time he sat on Scottish Enterprise Borders’ board (chairing its Rural Group), he was a founding Director of the South of Scotland Loan Fund Scheme, a member of the Forestry Commission’s South and Central Scotland Forums, a Borders’ Forest Trustee, Chaired the Borders’ Foundation for Rural Sustainability, and was twice on the Board of National Farmers’ Union of Scotland NFUs, once as their Environment & Land Use Committee and once as the President of NFUS Lothians and Borders during the foot and mouth crisis of 2001.

Jordan Daly

Jordan Daly is a co-founder of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE), a Scottish charity which has successfully campaigned for LGBT-inclusive education.
TIE believe that LGBT history, role models and equalities should be taught within schools in order to tackle prejudice and bullying, and lobby and deliver services to achieve this. They have reached over 25,000 young people with their LGBT and Allies school services, increasing understanding and awareness.

In 2017, the Scottish Parliament endorsed TIE’s proposals for LGBT themes to be taught in schools by majority, and the Scottish Government began to work with the charity to develop policy recommendations.

In 2018, these were accepted in full and Scotland became the first country in the world to adopt LGBT-inclusive education – which will be implemented in all public schools by 2021. This means that young people will learn about the LGBT community’s contributions to our society, the history of the LGBT equalities movement, and the impact of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

Hyeri Kim

Hyeri Kim is a school counselling coordinator at West Lothian Council.

She started her role last August and currently she is working on ensuring effective evaluation data is collected to be used to inform future development of school counselling. Working across various industries over her career, Hyeri has gained valuable data analysis skills allowing her to support her role.

Hazel Russell

Hazel is a qualified teacher and trainer who has worked with children for over 20 years encompassing experience in youth work, employability and education.

Hazel manages a team in Barnardo’s supporting schools and early years establishments to embed a social and emotional learning programme as part of a whole establishment ethos.

Dr Libby Artingstall & Dr Sile McDaid

Meet Dr Sile McDaid and Dr Libby Artingstall, Co-Founders of Team Mental Health. They’re medical doctors who specialised to become consultant psychiatrists.

As best mates with significant, collective experience of working with children, young people, and adults experiencing mental health problems, they became acutely aware of how a lack of understanding in relation to mental and physical health could impact on the ability of a person to realise and achieve their potential.

Their goal is to support people to get the most out of their life.

Sharon McCafferty

Sharon is a Project Worker in our Nurture Service in Inverclyde. She supports young people and families of secondary school age and all children within the family home.

Sharon is a trauma informed practitioner and has a keen interest in Mindfulness and systemic family therapy. Sharon enjoys dancing and is a qualified dance instructor.

David Cameron

Since he last chaired the 2019 Mental Health in Schools conference for us, David Cameron has continued to establish himself as a leading voice in education and training. Building on his extensive experience as a teacher, a senior manager in schools and in local authorities, most recently as Director of Children’s Services for Stirling Council.

David has worked with Skills Development Scotland as Head of Career Management Skills, was closely involved in developing Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan, was a driving force in the Emporium for Dangerous Ideas, and is currently involved in a wide range of projects. He does like to be busy!

He can be contacted at