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A Seminar for Concerned Professionals
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.
We know that:
- 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class (1).
- Approximately 1 in every 12 children and young people deliberately self-harm (2).
- More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time (3).
- Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression (1).
- The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s (1).
These difficulties are not confined to the senior school setting, as over 8,000 children aged under 10 years old suffer from severe depression (1).
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 and a clear focus on raising attainment across all groups of pupils. The clear link between pupil health and wellbeing has been well documented (4); pupils with better mental health and emotional wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically.
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.
A recent survey by The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) stated with a fifth of children having a mental health problem before age 11, it is a key concern for the profession (www.NAHT.org.uk).
This seminar brings 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.
Senior Leadership Team Members including Head teachers, Pastoral Care Leads, Heads of Year, SENCOs, Healthcare professionals with responsibilities within schools, Social Workers and Youth Workers.
The audience will therefore be drawn from diverse backgrounds.
Note: It is not anticipated that this seminar is appropriate for parents or carers with specific concerns about individual young people in difficulty. The Healthcare On Demand clinic offers a range of workshops to support families, friends and carers, with this objective in mind.
The seminar aims to equip participants with knowledge, skills and tools to better support young people in their professional capacity – whether this may be practical strategies, programs or approaches staff can implement in their day to day work, or whole-organizational programs and policy development.
Slides (in read only form) and other resources will be made available to attendees after the event via a dedicated web link.
The event will be evaluated, and the Healthcare On Demand Event Manager will provide a personalised Certificate of Attendance for CPD purposes on receipt of a completed feedback form.
Contributor Panel, in alphabetical order
1 Green, H., McGinnity, A., Meltzer, H., et al. (2005). Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain 2004. London: Palgrave.
2 Mental Health Foundation (2006). Truth hurts: report of the National Inquiry into self-harm among young people. London: Mental Health Foundation
3 Kim-Cohen, J., Caspi, A., Moffitt, TE., et al (2003): Prior juvenile diagnoses in adults with mental disorder. Archives of general psychiatry, Vol 60, pp.709-717.
4 Public Health England The link between pupil health and wellbeing and attainment. November 2014
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