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.

The seminars are held online as live events, and once they have taken place they are uploaded as videos so that those who did not attend can still watch them.

Each seminar we have held is viewable on this page. 

We have one upcoming seminar that is open for bookings:

Watch the seminars

Supporting students’ mental health through everyday interactions in school settings seminar

Information and slides

This seminar was a discussion of a new toolkit from the Anna Freud Centre and the Early Intervention Foundation, which provides guidance on practical steps school staff can take to promote and support mental health through their everyday interactions with students.

The seminar was chaired by Jaime Smith, Director of the Schools Division at the Anna Freud Centre, and she was joined by:

  • Dr. Aleisha Clarke, Former Director of Evidence at the Early Intervention Foundation and current National Programme Manager for Mental Health and Wellbeing at HSE Ireland
  • Miriam Sorgenfrei, Senior Research Officer at EIF
  • Jean Gross CBE, best-selling author and independent expert on social, emotional and mental health
  • Rahi Popat, Pastoral Support Officer at Keyham Lodge School.

Download the presentation slides.

Understanding emotionally-based school avoidance

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This seminar introduces and explores the topic of emotionally-based school avoidance. We looked at the current national picture for school-aged children and explored the role of schools and parents and carers in supporting those who are affected.

The seminar was chaired by Natalie Merrett, Head of Knowledge Dissemination in Schools at the Anna Freud Centre. She was joined by two expert panellists Vicky Saward, Head of Training in the Schools Division at the Anna Freud Centre and Brenda McHugh MBE, Co-Founder of Pears Family School.

Download the presentation slides.

Building a whole-school approach to anti-racism

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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.

Download the presentation slides.

An introduction to traumatic bereavement

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This seminar, chaired by Jaime Smith, hosted our colleagues from the UK Trauma Council (UKTC). 

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. 

Speakers included:

  • 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)

Download the presentation slides.

Attendee feedback

"I just wanted to email and say I cannot thank you all enough for this TREASURE TROVE of information, advice, strategies etc. that has been shared. My school has benefitted greatly and I have upskilled in so many areas. Please keep going, this stuff changes lives."

- Attendee feedback from our Working Together seminar

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