Following the success of our 5 Steps to Mental Health seminars, we are pleased to be rolling out a new series of free seminars for education staff, focusing on a broad range of topics relating to mental health and wellbeing.
So far, this series has included the following free seminars:
- An introduction to traumatic bereavement, which focuses on supporting staff, pupils, and their families in dealing with bereavement, and in particular traumatic bereavement
- Building a whole school approach to anti-racism, this seminar aims to help school staff to understand the mental health impact of racism on pupils and staff, and to learn more about what they can do to tackle it. This seminar forms part of our Anti-racism and mental health in schools materials and e-learning.
To watch a recording of these seminars please click on the tabs below.
Seminars and materials
- Schools in Mind: An introduction to traumatic bereavement seminar
This seminar, chaired by Jaime Smith, hosted our colleagues from the UK Trauma Council (UKTC). The UKTC is a group of leading experts, drawn from a variety of disciples across all four nations of the United Kingdom (UK). It is the first UK-wide platform bringing together expertise in research, practice, policy and lived experience in the field of childhood trauma. The UKTC is hosted and supported by the Anna Freud Centre.
There have been more than 130,000 UK deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has created situations in which a death comes unexpectedly, without the chance to say goodbye, or where family members feel guilt that they may have brought the virus into the home. A huge number of children and young people will have been directly affected, through the death of a family member or someone else who was important in their life.
Being bereaved is not, in itself, a mental health problem. However in a traumatic bereavement, how the child or young person experiences or understands the death – that is, the meaning they make of it – results in it being experienced as traumatic. It is vital that these children are identified and given the appropriate help and support.
This seminar aimed to help explain and identify traumatic bereavement, understand how it differs from 'normal' bereavement, and give education staff an introduction to how to support children and young people when experiencing a traumatic bereavement.
- David Trickey (Co-Director, UKTC; Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud Centre)
- Beck Ferrari (Child Bereavement Specialist)
- Jaime Cronk (Specialist Outreach Teacher, Social, Emotional and Mental Health at Five Acre Wood School and across Maidstone district)
- Schools in Mind: Building a whole school approach to anti-racism
This seminar, chaired by Director of the Schools Division Jaime Smith, gave attendees an understanding of the impact of racism on the mental health and wellbeing of school staff and students.
It also explored the ways in which schools and colleges can better support staff and students who may have experienced racism. The seminar forms part of a suite of free materials created by the Anna Freud Centre, Anti-racism and mental health in schools.
Alongside these materials, which include podcasts and downloadable resources, we have also launched free e-learning for school staff covering topics such as student voice, representation, and racial trauma.