The 2016-17 ATL Future national steering group have organised this important event to give trainee and newly qualified teachers and support staff the opportunity to consider and discuss the impact that mental health issues are having on the lives of children and young people. It aims to investigate how the current education system affects learners' mental health and how educators can support the young people in their care.
With a combination of a panel discussion and CPD to allow an opportunity to discuss and debate an issue from the perspective of new professionals. To develop knowledge and skills to address the issues and support in your practice as education professionals.
We are very pleased and excited to confirm panellist Natasha Devon MBE as our key note speaker, Natasha is a writer and social critic. She co-founded the Body Gossip education programme and the Self-Esteem Team, which Devon claims is designed to educate teenagers, teachers and parents about mental health and body image issues
Also on our expert panel will be Christine Clark- Over the last twenty years, Christine has been working with organisations to raise mental health awareness, improve their management of workplace wellbeing and stress and enhance personal resilience for managers and employees.
ATL Education Policy Advisor, Anne Heavey and Niamh Sweeney - ATL Vice President.
11.00 Welcome and introduction
11.10 Panel discussion. Keynote speaker: Natasha Devon MBE
13.15 CPD session
This course has been developed to give a school and college perspective to this internationally delivered programme. Mental Health First Aid training has never been more relevant to the school and college communities, with shocking statistics about the mental health of young people and constant debate about the psychological robustness of teachers (workload & pressure).
The benefits of physical first aid training have been apparent since its introduction in the 1950s. Currently we have not established similar approaches to mental health and emotional wellbeing, largely people are disempowered and lacking in confidence to support others in a mental health context. Over the past 15 years mental health first aid training has gained credibility culminating in October 2016 with the World Federation For Mental Health (WFMH) proclaiming as its 2016 /17 theme: Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for all.
During this taster session candidates will:
- Appreciate the development of the first aid model globally and in the UK and its importance in schools and colleges
- Review the 8 principles of a “whole school/college” approach to establish emotional health & wellbeing
- Understand mental illness and its place in the psychological health continuum
- Review how schools and colleges are establishing good practice and continuous learning as ATL Mental Health Advocates
- Review further accredited enrichment training - Mental Health First Aid Schools safeTALK suicide alertness for everyone
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