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Mental Health in Schools: Find out how your school can make a positive difference

29th June 2017


Individual rate: £175 | Early bird rate (for bookings pre April 1st): £160 | Discounted rate (for multiple bookings per school): £160 | Groups of 10 tickets: £150

Brief Overview

The mental health of children and young people is in crisis. Three children in every class suffers from a diagnosable mental health disorder at a time when child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) have been severely cut.

This conference aims to increase the mental health expertise of staff in primary and secondary schools through talks and workshops led by expert practitioners. From attachment disorder, anxiety, and behavioural difficulties to young suicide, this conference will provide practical advice and resources on a variety of key issues to equip you with the confidence and skills to make a real impact in the lives of the children and young people in your school.

Please download an outline of the event.


Keynote speaker

Professor Barry Carpenter (CBE, OBE, PhD Honorary Professor, Universities of Worcester, Hamburg, Limerick and Adelaide).

Mental health is the most pervasive and co-occurring of all complex needs. The British Medical Association estimate that 2 in 10 of all young people experience some form of mental ill health during their school years.

At all levels, recognition of the urgent imperative to take action is being debated. At long last the critical role of schools in this process is being acknowledged. In children and young people with special educational needs there are at least two or three times as many with some form of mental health need. The new DfE/DoH Code of Practice on SEND has at long last given an official policy and curriculum focus to Mental Health.

How do schools keep their children emotionally strong? How do we develop a curriculum framework around emotional well-being? What pedagogy will facilitate the development of emotional resilience in our children?

An overarching aim of this lecture will be to provide schools with signposts to begin this journey, for and with our children.


Other speakers

Jonny Benjamin (MBE)
Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger.

At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.

Jonny now speaks publicly about living with mental illness and has written articles and given various interviews on TV, Radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma. He has also produced and presented documentaries on BBC Three and Channel 4 on the subjects of mental health and suicide.

His 2014 social media campaign with Rethink Mental Illness to #findMike, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal, went viral and led to Jonny becoming a prominent spokesperson on the subject of suicide. He has recently been campaigning to get mental health onto the curriculum in schools and this last launched a mental health workshop, ThinkWell, which is now being introduced into secondary schools across the country.

Stephen Steinhaus
Having originally come to the UK from Chicago as a Fulbright Scholar studying Shakespeare, Stephen Steinhaus has now lived here for 17 years. He was Vice Principal at Whitley Academy for nearly four years before becoming Principal Designate for The Solihull Academy (a Free School for students in danger of permanent exclusion) this past Easter. He is a founding member/trustee director of The Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma, has managed Trauma and Attachment projects for The RSA and writes for The SSAT on a variety of topics.

Pooky Knightsmith
Pooky directs the children, young people and schools programme at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a charity that provides fully-funded mental health training to schools.

Pooky is a passionate ambassador for mental health who loves to research, write, speak, teach and share all manner of ideas about mental health, wellbeing and PSHE. Her enthusiasm is backed up both by a PhD in child and adolescent mental health and her own lived experience of anorexia, self-harm, anxiety and depression.

Victor Allen
Within the educational sector, Victor mentors and coaches Head teachers, middle, and aspiring leaders within schools as they develop their leadership skills, and helps them deal with difficult situations.  Victor helps coach and mentor trainee teachers and NQTs in a variety of schools, and runs European training events on issues related to leadership. Victor is extremely keen to introduce mental security within staff and pupils to help develop resilience.

Victor lectures on brain development and behaviour management, and speaks regularly around the country on issues involving leadership, stress, developing teams and strategies on improving relationships, as well developing mental security within organisations.

Victor also assists the work of the Queens Trust by supporting the CEO’s of their major charities who work with young people in the UK.


A choice of workshops on:

Transgender – what schools should be doing
Working with children who mistrust
How to manage stress and well-being
Emotional intelligence

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