Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health in Scotland

At this timely event we will examine challenges and good practice in improving the mental wellbeing of our children and young people as well as priorities for support delivery.

A growing crisis

In March 2017, the Scottish Government launched the 10-year Mental Health Strategy which outlined key priorities in preventing, supporting, and addressing the mental wellbeing of Scotland’s children and young people. 18 months in, key challenges continue to face schools, colleges and service providers.

Long waiting times, inconsistent service provision and fears around being taken seriously all highlight the cultural and implementation barriers that must be addressed. There are clear and consistent variations in mental wellbeing across different ages, genders, ethnicities and social backgrounds – so how do we ensure appropriate support is reaching the demographics who need it most?

We must tackle poor mental health before it reaches crisis point. Join us as we scrutinise the challenges young people are facing, priorities for prevention as well as opportunities for improving service provision for all.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • The landscape of children and young people's mental health
  • A whole systems approach to improving the mental health of children and young people
  • Tackling Stigma and improving awareness around poor mental health
  • Improving interventions to address mental wellbeing before it reaches crisis
  • Teaching children and young people to nurture their mental wellbeing

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Brian Donnelly, Director, Orbis Training and Consultancy

10:00 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • Update on mental health delivery
  • The landscape of children and young people's mental health
  • A whole systems approach to improving the mental health of children and young people

10:00 Commissioners confirmed to speak from the Youth Commission on Mental Health

10:20 How Effectively is the Public Sector in Scotland Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Children and Young People?

  • How children and young people access mental health services
  • The effectiveness of support for children and young people
  • An overview of the resources available and the policy and strategic direction

Leigh Johnston, Senior Manager - Performance Audit and Best Value, Audit Scotland

10:40 Joanna Smith, Lecturer - Department of Nursing, University of the Highlands and Islands

11:00 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

11:25 Refreshments and Networking

11:40 Session 2: Raising Awareness

  • Tackling Stigma and improving awareness around poor mental health
  • Taking a whole-person approach to improving mental wellbeing – from nutrition and exercise to poverty and substance misuse
  • Teaching children and young people to nurture their mental wellbeing

11:40 Laura Sharpe, Education and Young People Manager, See Me

12:05 Questions and Discussion

12:15 Findings from ‘Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People’ Published in 2018 

  • Research was carried out in 2017 and published in 2018 with a sample of nearly 700 young people
  • Findings will look at the themes of happiness, self-identified mental health problems or associated behaviours and experiences of health services
  • The session will also discuss recommendations and how to create more inclusive services 

Cara Spence, Senior Programmes and Influencing Manager, LGBT Youth Scotland

12:40 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:20 Session 3: Providing Support

  • Providing support that is appropriate, timely and accessible
  • Ensuring children and young people never fall through the gap in service provision
  • Joining up support for children across all services and encouraging collaboration
  • Improving interventions to address mental wellbeing before it reaches crisis

13:20 Pam Steel, Education Development Officer, SAMH

13:45 The Role of an Educational Psychologist in Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health

  • Interventions in schools to improve wellbeing and mental health
  • Addressing wellbeing before it reaches crisis point
  • Filling the gaps in current provision

Joyce Jackson, Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist, George Heriot's School

14:05 Supporting Children’s Mental and Physical Wellbeing at Seamab 

  • Providing support that is appropriate, timely and accessible
  • Joining up support for children across all services and encouraging collaboration
  • Improving interventions to address mental wellbeing before it reaches crisis

 Jody Cannon, Learning Coordinator, Seamab and Graham McPheat, Trustee, Seamab

14:25 Representative confirmed to speak from Scottish Youth Parliament

14:35 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Radisson Blu, 80 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
26 September 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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