The inaugural Mental Health and Wellbeing conference brings together schools, teachers and mental health experts to offer a range of practical and evidence-based approaches to supporting students’ good mental health.

This SecEd & Headteacher Update event takes place at The Gallery, the NEC, Birmingham B40 1NT on Friday 17th June 2016.


Mental health is recognised as one of the biggest threats for our young people and with cuts to many crucial support services, mental health-related barriers to learning are an increasing challenge for schools.

Issue can be varied, from anxiety and stress to poor self-esteem, depression and eating disorders. These can lead to other risks for children, such as self-harm, sexual abuse, bullying and more.

One in 10 young people aged five to 16 has a diagnosable mental health disorder and 50 per cent of adult mental health problems present by the age of 14. Disturbingly, one in 12 young adults now self-harm.

Prevention and intervention work in schools is now crucial to many young people's futures and to ensuring they achieve the best educational outcomes possible.

The keynote sessions and interactive workshops at this conference will showcase best practice from schools leading in this area as well as key advice from mental health experts for both primary and secondary schools.

Workshop topics include:

  • Establishing successful, appropriate interventions
  • Identifying, addressing and tackling problems early on
  • Self-harm and eating disorders
  • A whole-school approach to supporting wellbeing
  • Anti-bullying strategies and interventions
  • The use of teaching staff, school nurses and other professionals
  • Developing students' resilience
  • The benefits of mentoring, coaching and neuro-linguistic programming
  • Engagement/interactions with parents and carers
  • Prevention strategies in schools
  • Supporting staff to spot mental health warning signs

Keynote topics include:

  • Discuss the 10 signs of a mentally healthy school
  • Lessons to learn? Direct, personal experiences of mental health issues
  • Empowering staff to support pupils’ wellbeing
  • How schools can structure PSHE provision to supports good mental health
  • The development of resilience and coping skills
  • Whole-school approaches to effective PSHE
  • Prevention in schools – practical approaches
  • How schools can encourage students to seek help should problems arise
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This event is designed for those working within the primary or secondary education sectors and is relevant to:

- headteachers
- deputy headteachers
- senior leadership team members
- heads of year

- pastoral leads
- subject heads
- SEN professionals
- classroom teachers
- teaching assistants

- school nurses
- local authorities
- education advisors
- governors


Mental health best practice, preventative work, interventions and reactive support, has formed a key part of SecEd's and Headteacher Update's content for a number of years. These articles are always among the most read. As editor Pete Henshaw said in January 2016: "Make no mistake, the mental health of our young people is an issue that has become just as important as their numeracy or literacy skills, their examination results and their preparedness for the working world."

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