Key Points
  • Progress and priorities for the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 and Joint Scottish Government and COSLA Taskforce on Children and Young Peoples Mental Health
  • Improving pupils mental health through awareness training for staff pupils and parents and improved links to referral services
  • Embedding young peoples perspectives into service design
  • Authority wide and whole school approaches to mental health
  • Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of education staff
  • Understanding how pupils use social media and the impact on their mental health
  • Developing suicide prevention and response in schools


Overview
Expert Speakers

  • Maureen McAteer, Assistant Director for Attainment, Barnardo's Scotland
  • Barrie Sheppard, Representative, North Lanarkshire, National Parent Forum of Scotland
  • Jonathan Wood, National Manager in Scotland, Place2Be
  • Elaine McFadyen, Qualifications Manager, Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
  • Laura Sharpe, Programme Manager – Education and Young People, See Me Scotland
  • Eilidh James, Principal Teacher Mental Health and Wellbeing, North Ayrshire Council
  • Dr Adam Burley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian
  • Tracy Atkinson, Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde
  • Alex Cumming,Assistant Director of Delivery and Development, Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH)


The Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027, proposed changes to the way children and young people’s mental health is managed in schools. Holyrood Insight’s Mental Health in Schools Conference will provide a vital update on how schools can work together with the NHS, voluntary sector and local authorities to improve the provision, commissioning and delivery of services.

Delegates will explore different models of mental health provision in schools including authority wide approaches, improving links to CAMHS, and ‘whole?school’ approaches. Learn what schools can do to mitigate against the damaging effects of social media on young people’s mental health and the role you can play in responding to and reducing youth suicide. With a special focus on engaging young people on mental health and how their views can be embedded into the services you offer.

Overcoming stigma and preventing poor mental health will require a concerted effort to raise mental health awareness amongst pupils, staff and parents, including active promotion of good mental health amongst school staff.

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 no longer seen as an optional extra.


Agenda
Start

09:20 - 09:50
Registration Tea and Coffee

 

09:50 - 10:00
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Maureen McAteer Assistant Director for Attainment, Barnardo's Scotland

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10:00 - 10:40
Opening Keynote Panel Discussion: Improving Children and Young People’s Mental Health in Scotland

 
  • The scale of the problem we are facing
  • Progress and priorities for the Mental Health Strategy 2017- 2027: Implications for schools
  • What are the biggest barriers to overcome in improving children and young people’s mental health
  • Examples of what is working in schools
  • Next steps

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Alex Cumming Assistant Director of Delivery & Development, Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH)

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Jonathan Wood National Manager in Scotland, Place2Be

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10:40 - 11:00
Youth Engagement and Reducing Stigma and Raising Awareness

 
  • Youth participation and the impact of coproduction on children and young people
  • Embedding young people’s perspectives to support consultations, research and delivery of social contact models of education
  • Embedding a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing – what works and what doesn’t


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Laura Sharpe Programme Manager – Education and Young People, See Me Scotland

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11:00 - 11:30
Developing an Authority Wide Approach to Mental Health in Schools

 
  • Increasing mental health literacy for young people and staff
  • Developing links to support
  • Reducing stigma and discrimination
  • Delivering Scottish Mental Health First Aid Peer Support Training
11.20 - 11.30 Questions and Discussion

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Eilidh James Principal Teacher Mental Health and Wellbeing, North Ayrshire Council

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11:30 - 12:00
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

12:00 - 12:25
Implementing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Award in School

 
  • Aims and objectives of the award
  • Increasing understanding of mental health and addressing stigma
  • Developing coping strategies and building resistance
  • Outcomes and next steps


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Elaine McFadyen Qualifications Manager, SQA

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12:25 - 13:00
Engaging Effectively with Parents and Families About Their Child’s Mental Health

 
  • Knowing how to open a dialogue with all parents about mental health to increase awareness
  • Learning how to have difficult conversations with parents
  • Equipping parents with the skills to provide appropriate support at home
12.50 - 13.00  Questions and Discussion

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Barrie Sheppard Representative, North Lanarkshire, National Parent Forum of Scotland

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13:00 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:35
Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Education Staff

 
  • The importance of staff wellbeing
  • Successful interventions, structural support and case studies of best practice
  • The role of professional supervision
14.25 - 14.35 Questions and Discussion

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Dr Adam Burley Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian

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14:35 - 15:10
Social Media and the Impact on Mental Health: What Schools Can Do

 
  • Understanding how pupils use social media and the impact on their mental health
  • Appropriate filters and monitoring systems to limit exposure to risks
  • Helping staff identify, intervene in, and address incidents where appropriate
  • Encouraging pupils to engage safely and responsibly with social media
  • Working jointly with parents to support pupils’ digital safety
15.00 - 15.10 Questions and Discussion

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Tracy Atkinson Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde

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15:10 - 15:45
Helping Schools Respond to Suicide in Young People

 
  • 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
15.35 - 15.45 Questions and Discussion

15:45 - 15:45
Chair’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

 

Speakers

Maureen McAteer Assistant Director for Attainment, Barnardo's Scotland

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End

Speakers

Tracy Atkinson Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde

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Dr Adam Burley Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian

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Alex Cumming Assistant Director of Delivery & Development, Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH)

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Eilidh James Principal Teacher Mental Health and Wellbeing, North Ayrshire Council

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Maureen McAteer Assistant Director for Attainment, Barnardo's Scotland

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Elaine McFadyen Qualifications Manager, SQA

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Laura Sharpe Programme Manager – Education and Young People, See Me Scotland

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Barrie Sheppard Representative, North Lanarkshire, National Parent Forum of Scotland

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Jonathan Wood National Manager in Scotland, Place2Be

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Venue details

Central Edinburgh Central Edinburgh


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