News - 09 Mar 2017

The mental health of children and young people is a growing national concern...

Schools play a key role in addressing the mental health of young people. Suitable for anyone in school with a responsibility or interest in mental health, our course is designed to help you increase awareness of issues that may arise in school and how to address them effectively.

The course will help you to:
• have an increased understanding of issues relating to mental health
• learn from national organisations and speakers
• explore practical strategies you can implement in your school
09.30 - 10.00 Arrival, Registration, Refreshments, Exhibitor Stands and Networking (Jones & Johnson Rooms)
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome & Introduction: Sarah Huggins; Senior Teacher Consultant (Personal Development, Health and Wellbeing) – Entrust (Conference Hall)
10.15 – 10.45 Keynote: Katie Thistleton; CBBC TV Presenter and Ambassador for MIND – “What I’ve Learnt about the Mental Health of School Children”
Keynote will involve Katie discussing her work with children in schools regarding emotional wellbeing, for her for forthcoming book. She will also talk about her work with CBBC and BBC Radio 1. (Conference Hall)
10.45 – 11.45 Keynote: Kal Johal; Mental Health First Aid – “Youth Mental Health First” Mental Health First Aid is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.Developed in Australia in 2000 and now internationally recognised in 23 countries, MHFA courses teach people how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues, provide help on a first aid basis and effectively guide someone towards the right support. (Conference Hall)
11.45 – 12.45 Keynote: Alison Johnson; Entrust – “Reflect, Recharge, Refocus” It is impossible to meet the needs of children and young people unless we give attention to the team responsible for their care and wellbeing. As education professionals we need to ensure we take care of ourselves and our colleagues to enable us to help others. During this session we will consider strategies which can be used in school to maintain the positive mental health and wellbeing of staff. (Conference Hall)
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch, Exhibitor Stands and Networking (Jones & Johnson Rooms)
13.30 – 14.30 Keynote: Shirley Potts; Child Bereavement UK “Bereavement and Emotional Resilience” This will address the impact of bereavement and loss on children and young people’s emotional wellbeing and consider the responses of those around them. Schools and their staff can be a reassuring constancy when disturbing events occur in a child’s life, especially if a whole school approach has been
adopted. We will consider supportive strategies for children and young people, as well as those who support them, and ways in which death education can bolster resilience. (Conference Hall)
14.30 – 14.45 Close & Evaluations (Conference Hall)
Mental Health Matters - A Positive Approach for Schools
Date: Friday 28th April 2017
Venue: Entrust Riverway Centre, Fairway, Stafford, ST16 3TH
Time: 09:30-14:45
Booking code: SENIS-0417-T003
Cost: £99+VAT
To book your place please call us on 0300 111 8030 or visit

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