Education Leaders gather at G Live in Guildford for a Mental Health Seminar

 Dealing with Mental Health Issues in Children and Young People : A Seminar for Concerned Professionals

Held on Monday 20th June

Children and Young People (CYP) can be moody and uncommunicative; that doesn’t necessarily mean they have a mental health problem. However, some do have a diagnosable mental disorder.

There is an ever expanding body of evidence derived from reliable research that indicates there are significant and largely unrecognised difficulties in the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our young people.

Schools and education settings have become a focus for child and adolescent mental health screening, and the preliminary identification of potential difficulties. This is in the context of their primary role of education with a focus on raising attainment across all groups of pupils.

Audience is fully engaged in the talks

Audience is fully engaged in the talks

Teachers, support workers and those responsible for health and pastoral care are being asked to pay more attention to students who might be experiencing psychological difficulties and often feel ill-equipped to address these challenges. This seminar brought together a range of mental health professionals from the Healthcare On Demand clinic in Surrey to review critical key steps in good management of Children and Young People who may be exhibiting signs of mental illness or suboptimal emotional wellbeing in an education setting.


Contributors, drawn from the Healthcare On Demand clinic (in alphabetical order):

Bruce Holroyd, Clinical Psychologist

Bruce Holroyd and colleague taking questions

Bruce Holroyd and colleague taking questions

Bruce is a chartered clinical psychologist who specializes in working with children, young people and their families where they are facing a range of difficulties. Bruce has more than 30 years’ experience, including 15 years as a Consultant Psychologist in Surrey, where he was Lead Psychologist and Associate Director of Therapies. Bruce is committed to working in partnership with people to develop collaborative working relationships which are strength-based and solution-focused. He has particular expertise in working with anxiety, OCD, low mood, anger, family stresses, ASD and work related stresses.

Sarah Kenyon, Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Sarah Kenyon 420x420Sarah is an experienced counsellor who works integratively which means that she recognizes each individual’s unique experiences and challenges and draws on a range of psychotherapeutic approaches to provide counselling which is tailored to best meet the needs of each client. In addition to her private practice, she is currently the Manager of Heads Together. Her experience as both a counsellor and manager within youth counselling has given her valuable insight into the challenges facing young people and adults, and the many and varied ways in which they can be supported towards good emotional health and living with hope and positivity to achieve their full potential.




Susan McGrath, Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Susan McGrath, Specialist Counsellor

Susan qualified as a counsellor in 2003, and is accredited with the British Associated of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Susan has extensive experience in many therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic, CBT and Humanistic approaches. Susan brings her training and life experience to her therapeutic work, offering a tailor made approach to each individual client. Susan has provided student counselling at the University of Surrey for 9 years, and has also worked in private practice for many years. She is particularly experienced in working with depression, anxiety, attachment issues, self-harm, self-esteem, trauma, unresolved childhood issues, phobias and psycho-somatic symptoms impacting physical health.


Tauseef speakingDr. Tauseef Mehdi, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Tauseef is a Consultant working in the NHS and privately at the Healthcare On Demand clinic. Tauseef holds expertise in a range of psychiatric presentations and neurodevelopmental conditions affecting children and young people. In these settings, he assesses and treats a range of difficulties including ADHD, Autism related problems, learning disability related problems, anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive disorder, depressive illnesses, anxiety disorders, Tourette’s syndrome, self-harm and psychotic/affective illnesses and more. He also works with complex needs in the renowned Deaf Impatient Unit, Corner House South West London and St George’s Mental Health Services.

Jane Nathan

Founder and Clinic Director

Jane Introducing speaker panel

Jane Introducing speaker panel

Jane founded Healthcare on Demand multi-disciplinary clinic in 2014 after struggling to find a variety of practitioners, for her own children. Jane has a background in science, health and education. She studied Botany at the University of Manchester and Behavioural Biology in London. Her early career was as a lecturer in Biological and Health Sciences at undergraduate level. Subsequently Jane worked as a clinical research scientist, developing new medicines for Glaxo (now GlaxoSmithKline) for six years in anesthesiology, neurology and oncology. For the last 14 years she has led a specialist medical education company, PharmaEd, developing and delivering live and virtual programmes for drug development professionals across all disease areas, including the neurosciences and psychiatry. She has devised and implemented training programmes for R & D scientists in Cognition, Neurodegeneration including Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s and Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Psychiatry, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder and Social Anxiety, including clinical experience programmes at major world centres across Europe and North America.

She continues as Managing Director of PharmaEd, alongside her role as Clinic Director for the Healthcare on Demand clinic in Guildford.

Jane is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor for MHFA ( England).

Dr Christopher O’Neill

Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Researcher

Chris O'NeillChristopher is a psychologist who is also a registered psychotherapist and trained counsellor. He holds a Doctoral degree in psychology, a Masters degree in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy from Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry, as well as a number of qualifications in Psychotherapy and Counselling in a variety of other therapeutic modalities, from psychoanalysis to clinical hypnosis!

He has been actively involved is research in social psychology, developmental psychology and clinical psychology. His most recent research at Oxford has been developing an empirically-grounded preventative programme to promote mental health and resilience in young people, which is now the subject of a £6.5 million long-term research programme.

Dr O’Neill has forty years’ experience working with young people and staff in schools.

Topics addressed at the seminar included:

  • Detecting early warning signs of mental illness
  • Current pathways including CAMHS referrals/thresholds
  • The Role of Preventative Strategies
  •  Building positive mental health and resilience
  • When to refer to clinical services – and alternatives strategies for less severe conditions
  • When medication is indicated, including implications the school environment

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