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As it’s been half term in some parts of the country but not others, it’s been as busy a week as ever for the gang at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. We’re getting very busy with training requests so if you’re keen to book in a member of the team, please do so with as much notice as possible. More info here – and remember our training is all provided free of charge (though donations are always welcomed).
Onto my links worth sharing this week:
In this episode I mark a year free of self-injury and consider some of the things that helped me to break the cycle. I praise young carers everywhere and consider how we might best support them and I look at the importance of sleep and how to try and get enough of it!
This week’s webinar is aimed at adults supporting young people with mental health or emotional wellbeing issues. Parents, teachers or other staff will learn the basics of what CBT is and how they can use the basic principles to enable them to support a young person by questioning negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and The Magna Carta School, Surrey, are proud to be hosting the 2017 youth mental health & wellbeing Teachmeet. It is all about bringing teachers & educational practitioners together to share best MHWB practice in primary and secondary schools. Follow the link to book free places to present or attend. They are going quickly!
In these sessions, Pooky Knightsmith and Teresa Day share practical ideas to enable you to make a tangible difference to the wellbeing of both your students and staff. You’ll make local connections which we hope will form the start of an ongoing network. These events are organised by our regional partners at Hays Education and are free of charge. Follow the link to see if we have an event coming up in your area – or to request one.
I’m on the lookout for experienced trainers who might have something to bring to the CWMT team, I’m especially interested in people based in the north of England or in Berkshire and in people with a primary, EYFS or FE expertise.
Brighton public health and libraries teams worked together to create a list of mood boosting books for 9-11 year olds which you might like to share. We’d love to hear which books your pupils enjoy and why.
Starting points for bamboozled parents and teachers which I hope you’ll find helpful.
In this short video, I explore the use of playdough as a way of helping children talk about and otherwise explore topics that they might find difficult. This could work for teachers, parents or other supportive adults and can sometimes be very successful with older children as well as younger ones.
I hope that there was something of interest in here for you. Please encourage friends or colleagues to sign up if you think they may find my witterings helpful!
Have a great week and thanks for your continued hard work.
Very best wishes,
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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