According to the Charity Young Minds in-patient admissions for self-harm amongst young people have increased by 68% between 2001 and 2011. Statistics that is alarming for anyone working with children and young people. It indicates a generation of young people who are particularly susceptibe and vulnerable to depression, anxiety and generally struggle to cope with the demands that they face.
What has these statistics to do with schools?
A recent report goes on to state that 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition. Shah 2016 states "We are in the midst of a crisis regarding the mental health of our children". This means that schools are at the forefront of the fight to promote the well being and emotional health of our children and young people.
This events seeks to provide a forum to school governors, teachers, learming mentors, SENCOs heads and pastoral staff to discuss strategies and responses to these issues. Areas to cover include:
Are schools equipped/trained to tackle mental health issues as they may present in schools
Are schools emphasising academic results over emotional intelligence and well being
How are schools promoting resilience in young people?
What tools and strategies are schools employing to address the mental health and well being of children and young people?