About this seminar

Developing healthy coping strategies to deal with intense and difficult emotions is an important skill for young people. Mental health concerns in young people are increasing; over 50% of young people aged 17 to 23 report that their mental health has deteriorated since 2017.

While emotional self-regulation isn’t a solution for poor mental health, it’s an extremely useful skill for a young person to be able to employ when needed.

In this seminar, we will explore the importance of healthy coping strategies for dealing with difficult emotions. We will share practical examples of coping strategies and emotional regulation tools that young people can use, and share resources to help education staff introduce these strategies to their students.

This seminar will be chaired by Natalie Merrett, Head of Knowledge Dissemination in the Schools Division at the Anna Freud Centre. She will be joined by a clinician at the Centre who works directly with young people, as well as an education professional who will share their experiences of coping strategies that have worked for their students.

Learning outcomes

Seminar attendees will:

  • understand the importance of emotional self-regulation in young people
  • learn practical, healthy coping strategies that young people can employ, including grounding techniques, breathing techniques and more
  • get advice on sharing these strategies with students and information on resources to use

Who is this seminar suitable for?

This seminar is aimed at all education professionals working with students aged 15 and up, particularly those with a responsibility for mental health.

This seminar is also open to educational psychologists and any allied professionals interested in supporting mental health in secondary schools and FE colleges.

Registration and accessibility

This seminar will take place online via Zoom, a registration link will be sent to you closer to the date.

Before booking, please ensure you meet the system requirements.

This seminar will have automatic subtitles available.

Contact us

Please contact for any queries relating to this seminar.

26th January 2023
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 4.30pm - 6pm
  • 16:30 to 18:00


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