Mental Health in Education Conference: Creating a culture of wellbeing
“Schools and colleges have a front line role in promoting and protecting children and young people’s mental health and well-being.” – Education Select Committee
Research shows that 50% of all mental illness in adults starts before the age of 15 while 75% starts before patients turn 18. This means that teachers and lecturers are well placed to spot the early signs of a mental health problems before they develop into complex long-term conditions. The number of school children suffering from anxiety and stress is growing and surveys have found that one in four university students will experience a mental health problem during their studies. In March 2017, the Government unveiled plans to make personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) compulsory for all schools in England. While this is a step in the right direction, more work needs to be done to create a culture of mental wellbeing in schools, colleges and universities. This goes beyond the content of the curriculum to include a wider organisational culture of wellbeing, providing “mental health first aid” training for staff and introducing measures to combat the negative impact of social media.
Join us for the Mental Health in Education Conference where leading experts from the health and education sectors will provide unique insights into a growing problem in our schools and universities. Understand the common mental health complaints among students and how to spot them, how to build stronger links between the education sector and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and how social media is affecting the mental health of young people.
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