- Johann Lamont MSP, Convenor, Public Petitions Committee
- Maureen McAteer, Assistant Director for Attainment, Barnardo's Scotland
- Barrie Sheppard, Representative, North Lanarkshire, National Parent Forum of Scotland
- 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
- Ereni Skouta , NHS Lothian
- Dr Adam Burley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian
- Joanne Aitken,Children and Young People Development Manager, Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH)
- Keir McKechnie,National Suicide Prevention, Lived Experience Panel Coordinator, 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.