Mental Health in Schools Conference 2017 report

‘Improving mental health in schools – what does the research tell us?’ By Lucas Shelemy, PhD student On Tuesday 12th September 2017, the AnDY Research Clinic together with the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences held a national conference discussing mental health in schools. The event was a mixture of brand-new research, practical strategies and eye-opening personal stories. The most powerful moments of the day were the speeches from four Young Champions representing Time To Change, a charity that aims to reduce the stigma around mental health. These brilliant speakers; Jack, Abbie, Jessica and Mary each gave their stories about their experiences when in school as well as providing advice for school staff and leads. The inclusion of young people throughout the day is representative of our work in AnDY, as we try and include the young voice in all the research and clinical work that we carry out. Having people with lived experience of mental health problems part of the event...
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Mental Health in Schools Conference 2017

By Catherine Newell, AnDY RAG facilitator The Mental Health in Schools conference was made up of a day’s conference with a range of impressive keynote speakers, preceded by an evening event with a variety of practical workshops. I was lucky enough to be able to attend on both days. Tuesday’s conference started with an introductory address by Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell. This was followed by talks from academics both from the University of Reading and elsewhere. One stand-out speech for me was that by Professor Lord Richard Layard, who noted that schools make almost as great a difference to emotional wellbeing as they do to GCSE grades, before suggesting numerous different ways in which mental health could be promoted in schools both now and in the future. Even more impressive than the talks by academics were those by the Time to Change Young Champions. These four young people spoke clearly and openly about their experiences of mental ill-health (including OCD, anxiety, and...
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Is there really a mental health crisis amongst our young people? 

By Lucinda Powell, former teacher As a teacher with little time to delve beyond the headlines about the ‘mental health crisis’ I have wondered what exactly has changed. Thankfully Neil Humphrey was able to answer some of these really important questions.  Yes and no!  We are seeing more issues in some groups of children (mainly adolescent girls) but this has been compounded by changes and cuts to CAHMS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) meaning that problems that in the past would have been nipped in the bud are now able to manifest in our children and young people (CYP).  However, the media coverage of mental health in the last 10 years or so has increased exponentially so it is really in the public psyche. So the burden seems to be falling on schools to sort it out.  I worry about this: teachers are teachers, not mental health experts.  And let’s face it they are also suffering all sorts of mental health...
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