Promoting Mental Health in Schools
- Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression
- 1 in 12 deliberately self-harms
- 1 in 5 shows signs of an eating disorder
- Two young people kill themselves every day
These are stark statistics on mental health issues (from YoungMinds) amongst young people in schools. In your class on average three young people will have mental health problems – are you equipped with the necessary skills to support them?
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What can I expect?
Optimus Education’s 6thannual Promoting Mental Health in Schools conference is the must-attend event of the year for all those concerned with the mental health and well-being of their students. Attend to access the latest practical strategies to develop in-house expertise and counter decreasing external support.
We are delighted to welcome Gareth D Morewood, Director of Curriculum Support, Priestnall School, who will highlight innovative practical strategies to develop your own support networks and systems to promote mental health within your school. In a time where external support continues to diminish, don’t miss this opportunity to equip your staff with the necessary tools - such as peer-to-peer mentoring, CPD opportunities and in-house counselling - to support your most vulnerable students.
Unfortunately there is still today a stigma associated with mental health issues. Jo Loughran, Head of Time to Change Children and Young People, Rethink Mental Illness, will outline how to raise the awareness amongst staff and pupils of mental health problems to help reduce the stigma and create a whole-school understanding.
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Why choose Optimus Education’s conferences?
Comments from last year’s Promoting Mental Health in Schools delegates:
“Absolutely awesome and worthwhile conference – exchanging excellent working practice”
Loake House Manager, Malcolm Arnold Academy
“Excellent update, and also useful overview for those new to the field, delivered by a most stimulating team of professionals”
Family Support Worker, Kemp Hospice
“Enjoyable and interesting - looking forward to attending next year!”
Inclusion Manager & SENCO, Dersingham Primary School
“One of the best collectives of really helpful speakers I can recall at a conference – thank you!”
Deputy Head Pastoral, The Dragon School
“Extraordinarily insightful – put an understandable context around difficult issues”
Deputy Headteacher, East Barnet School