- (Chair) Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE, Chair, Children and Young People’s Coalition
- Debbie Simmons, Head of Service Midlands/North, Place2Be
- Chris Skinner, Senior Online Safety Consultant, National Online Safety
- Jenny Barksfield, Deputy Chief Executive, PSHE Association
- Natalie Williams, Mental Wellbeing Coordinator, Oldham Borough Council
- Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, Associate Clinical Director, Children and Young People's Mental Health, NHS England
- Lisa Fathers, Director of Teaching School & Partnerships, The Alliance for Learning
- Kimberley Evans, Health Improvement Practitioner Specialist and Team Lead, Manchester Healthy Schools Programme, Manchester University NHS Foundation
- Rachel Redmond, Development Manager,Youth Sport Trust
The Government green paper ‘Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision’ has proposed changes to the way children and young people’s mental health is managed in schools. Including the introduction of a Designated Mental Health Lead in every school, mental health support teams in schools and lessons in mental wellbeing as part of the PSHE syllabus.
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 is no longer seen as an optional extra.
Attend this conference to learn how schools can work together with the NHS, voluntary sector and local authorities to improve the provision, commissioning and delivery of services. Take home practical advice about implementing different models of mental health provision in schools including mental health and school link services, peer-to-peer support, in school counselling and ‘whole-school’ approaches. Learn how to overcome stigma by teaching pupils, staff and parents about mental health awareness.