Supporting young people’s mental health in schools – Monday 17 September 2018 – Eastbourne Resilience Forum

Supporting young people’s mental health in schools – Monday 17 September 2018 – Eastbourne Resilience Forum

Presented in partnership between East Sussex County Council, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Boingboing and University of Brighton’s Centre of Resilience for Social Justice

Topic:  Supporting young people’s mental health in schools: a resilience based approach – Lisa Buttery, Anne Rathbone & Claire Stubbs from Boingboing and Judy Perraton and Vicki Spencer-Hughes from East Sussex County Council

Date:  Monday 17 September 2018

Time:  4pm to 6pm

Location:  Room 116, Hillbrow Building, 1 Denton Road, University of Brighton – Eastbourne Campus, Eastbourne, BN20 7SR

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Session Summary:  This interactive presentation is designed to complement the roll out of the guide ‘Supporting children and young people in their mental health: A guide for schools’. It will outline how the need for the guide was identified and the process of co-producing it with a cross-disciplinary team, including young people with experience of unmet mental health needs as pupils.

It will provide an overview of how to use the guide in practical situations, with real life examples and case studies on how the Resilience Framework which underpins the guide can be used to address specific issues for pupils and schools in which mental health needs are an underlying factor.

There will be opportunities to ask specific questions about mental health needs covered in the guide and how these can be addressed using the Resilience Framework as an embedded therapy approach.

Biography:  Lisa Buttery is Artist in Residence and Participation and Training Worker for Boingboing, and a representative of people with lived experience for the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice (external link). Lisa liaised with the young people from Download and East Sussex Youth Cabinet to make sure that their ‘Top Ten Tips’ for promoting positive mental health in schools was integrated into the more detailed Schools Guide.

Judy Perraton joined the Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability (ISEND) department at East Sussex County Council (ESCC) in the newly created role of Schools’ and Colleges’ Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Adviser. Judy has a background in supporting children, young people and families through frontline work, mediation and teaching. Her remit is to help schools and colleges develop a whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Anne Rathbone is the Senior Training and Consultancy Manager for Boingboing and the co-production lead. Anne led on the co-ordination and editing of this co-produced Schools Guide, ensuring that it was accessible and practical for school staff to use, and in line with the latest research evidence base on resilience.

Vicki Spencer-Hughes works for ESCC as a Consultant in Public Health with a lead for children and young people. As chair of the Schools and Colleges Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Working Group she was involved in developing the ‘Supporting children and young people in their mental health – a guide for East Sussex Schools’.

Dr Claire Stubbs is a practising Counselling Psychologist and works part time for Boingboing as a Senior Trainer. Claire led on the section of the guide that outlines practical ways to support young people in their specific mental health needs, using a resilience approach.

Who might be most interested:  Academics, practitioners, teachers, students, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people, service users and people with lived experience of mental health problems.

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Travel Information:  Details of the University of Brighton Eastbourne Campus can be found here (external link) and a map of the area can be found here (external link). The 3 and 3a buses stop nearby to the Hillbrow buidling.

Parking restrictions are lifted after 3pm and so it’s not necessary (or possible) to reserve a parking space for 4pm. Parking can only be reserved between 8am and 3pm and so please feel free to park in the car park after 3pm. There should be availability in the car parks as term doesn’t start until the end of September. There is also a lot of street parking around there too.


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