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Here is a roundup of ten things I thought worth sharing from the world of child and adolescent mental health in the last week or two. I’m currently writing my final report about the impact of the webinars and podcasts to date (don’t worry, I’m seeking funding to continue them beyond the current project) so if you would like to share a few thoughts about the impact they’ve had on your practice I’d be very grateful.
In this week’s webinar, I explored how we can promote staff wellbeing in school settings. There are ideas for staff working at all levels and many of the ideas can be adapted to suit other settings too.
The campaign highlights that you don’t have to be an expert to be in your mates’ corner and has launched a series of short, high-impact films, each focusing on different steps that young people can take to be there for a friend struggling with their mental health
This week we hear from Louisa who recently completed the youth mental health first aid training and gives us some insight into the course and what attendees might hope to gain from it as well as exploring the pros and cons of eating disorders awareness week and why I found it personally so hard to manage it this year.
I explore the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, an evidence-based approach to approach mental wellbeing which can be adapted for use by people of any age. I consider how we can engage with children and young people on the five ways and walks through a workshop you could adapt for use with a class or colleagues.
In this episode I learn about the Mind and Body self-harm prevention programme which is being run in schools in Kent, Lancashire and Cornwall. I doff my cap to school nurses, I address some things you might want to avoid saying to anyone you know who’s in recovery for anorexia and Lyra and Ellie share a favourite book that makes them feel happy and calm.
This webinar focuses on four practical skills we can support and promote in children and young people to support them in becoming more emotionally and mentally resilient. We look at this particularly through the lens of the role of the school nurse, but these ideas could be readily adapted for use by anyone working with children and young people or who is a parent or carer. The four key skills we consider are communication skills, problem solving skills, healthy coping skills and understanding emotions. We share practical ideas for developing each skill.
The research, published in Lancet Psychiatry on 30th November 2016, shows that more than two-thirds of adolescents with depression could benefit if GPs were able to efficiently offer three different treatment choices – two of which are not currently offered on the NHS.
This 10 -15 minute assembly uses a pet theme to get pupils thinking about how they treat their pets with kindness, but maybe don’t always treat themselves the same way. It starts to get them thinking about the concept of self-compassion and the teacher notes talk you through the slides.
This up to date alternative to the Happy Families card game was developed by CWMT team member Ian and is a great starting point for discussions in the primary school classroom.
Join me for a breakfast meeting in Brighton where we’ll be exploring how to use 8 key elements to establish a whole school approach to wellbeing. This will be the starting point for a series of networking events and we hope to work with school across the region to embed and share best practice.
I hope you found something useful in here! Please be in touch if there’s something you’d like to share, or a resource you’d like to see us develop.
Pooky – @PookyH
Dr Pooky Knightsmith
Director: Children Young People & Schools Programme, Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Vice Chair: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
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