Key Points
  • Understanding the impact of Covid-19 and lockdowns on pupil mental health
  • Improving school access to community and specialist mental health services
  • Enhancing staff training, to help recognise and report early warning signs
  • Delivering digital mental health services for pupils
  • Building emotional resilience to prevent future mental health problems
  • Delivering practical and specialist teaching on mental health and wellbeing
  • Expert guidance for schools in supporting bereavement
  • Effective suicide prevention and response in schools


Overview
Speakers Include:

  • Chair: Dr Judith Turbyne, Chief Executive Officer, Children in Scotland
  • Joanne Aitken, Children & Young People Development Manager, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)
  • John Edward, Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools
  • Jacqueline Cassidy, Director for Scotland, Place2Be
  • Lesley Taylor, Depute Principal Educational Psychologist, Clackmannanshire Council
  • Donna Hastings, Board Trustee, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland
  • Anne Brannan, Operations Manager, Children and Young People, Families and Friends Against Murder and Suicide (FAMS)
  • Representative, Our Minds Our Future Scotland

    The pandemic has had a huge impact on children and young people’s mental health: the role of the school community in supporting pupils’ wellbeing has never been more critical.

    Holyrood Insight’s Conference examines effective support models schools can deploy to build students’ mental health resilience, working in partnership with the NHS, voluntary sector and local authorities.

    We will explore different models of mental health provision in schools including ‘whole school’ approaches, early intervention and prevention, digital responses and improving links to CAMHS and community services.

    Our expert speakers will share practical examples on supporting bereavement and the critical role schools can play in helping to prevent and manage suicides.

    You will learn how to overcome stigma and raise mental health awareness amongst both staff and students by embedding mental health into the curriculum and teacher training.

    With the growing prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people, and the strong evidence linking well-being, learning and academic achievement, it is vital that mental health provision in schools is prioritised.


Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:30
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr Judith Turbyne Chief Executive Officer, Children in Scotland

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09:30 - 10:10
Panel Discussion: Key Priorities for Schools in Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health

 
  • Responding to the mental health impact of Covid-19 on children and young people
  • Implications of the Mental Health Strategy 2017 – 27 for schools
  • Taking a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing
  • Education, health and the local authority: supporting children, young people, and family mental health through an integrated system
  • The roll out of counselling to schools
10:00 - 10:10 Questions and Discussion

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Joanne Aitken Children & Young People Development Manager, Scottish Association of Mental Health

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John Edward Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools

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10:10 - 10:40
Improving Mental Health Training for School Staff

 
  • Helping equip all school staff with the confidence to understand and support children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Embedding an understanding of children’s mental health and wellbeing throughout the teaching workforce, starting with Initial Teacher Education
  • Empowering staff to look after their own wellbeing
10:30 - 10:40 Questions and Discussion

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Jacqueline Cassidy Director for Scotland and Wales, Place2Be

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10:40 - 11:00
Break

 

11:00 - 11:30
Support Services Beyond the School Gates

 
  • Helping schools to understand and build up knowledge of local support available for different levels of need
  • Improving school access to mental health support within your local authority
  • Signposting to useful resources and self-management strategies for students waiting to access local support
  • Understanding the signs of more severe or complex mental health issues and making effective referrals to CAMHS
11:20 - 11:30 Questions and Discussion

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Representative Our Minds Our Future Scotland

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11:30 - 12:00
Digital Approaches to Mental Health for Children and Young People

 
  • Integrating digital resources with in-person services, to provide a continuum of support
  • Challenges and opportunities of providing a digital service
  • Communication and marketing
  • Update and feedback on the service to date
11:50 - 12:00 Questions and Discussion

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Lesley Taylor Depute Principal Educational Psychologist, Clackmannanshire Council

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12:00 - 12:30
Building Emotional Resilience to Prevent Mental Health Problems

 
  • The role of mental health ambassadors
  • Promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma throughout the school
  • Teaching skills to support resilience
  • Supporting self-referrals to the resilience practitioner
12:20 - 12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break

 

13:30 - 14:00
Teaching About Mental Health and Wellbeing

 
  • Enhancing mental health and wellbeing delivery at all stages of education
  • Practical materials and resources
  • Establishing and reinforcing ground rules for lessons
  • Highlighting risk topics that lockdown has exacerbated
13:50 - 14:00 Questions and Discussion

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Deborah Gallacher Head of Guidance and PSE, Kelvinside Academy

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14:00 - 14:30
Guidance for Schools in Supporting Bereaved Children

 
  • The initial school response and contact with the family
  • Supporting the child or young person
  • Acknowledging how and when is appropriate to share the news with the school community 
  • Responding to the impact of the news on other pupils and staff
  • Supporting the family with appropriate resources
  • Compiling condolences and helping a bereaved child return to school
14:20 - 14:30 Questions and Discussion

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Donna Hastings Board Trustee, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

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14:30 - 15:00
Responding to Suicide in Young People in Schools

 
  • Developing a suicide prevention toolkit
  • Having a planned response to minimise the effect of a suicide on the school community 
  • Remembering the young person: Memorials and important events
  • Responding to the media
  • Understanding and preventing suicide contagion
14:50 - 15:00 Questions and Discussion

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Anne Brannan Operations Manager, Children and Young People, Families and Friends Against Murder and Suicide (FAMS)

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15:00 - 15:10
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

End

Speakers

Representative Our Minds Our Future Scotland

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Joanne Aitken Children & Young People Development Manager, Scottish Association of Mental Health

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Anne Brannan Operations Manager, Children and Young People, Families and Friends Against Murder and Suicide (FAMS)

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Jacqueline Cassidy Director for Scotland and Wales, Place2Be

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John Edward Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools

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Donna Hastings Board Trustee, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland

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Lesley Taylor Depute Principal Educational Psychologist, Clackmannanshire Council

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Dr Judith Turbyne Chief Executive Officer, Children in Scotland

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Venue details

Online Event Broadcast Live


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