At our first conference, “How To Respond To The Mental Health Crisis in Schools” Alistair Campbell shared his own moving story about his mental health and how concerned he was that unless funding followed the fine words from Government on raising awareness of mental health issues, then we were heading for trouble.
We had great talks from our Patron, Proffesor Simon Baron-Cohen, on autism and from Dr Carol Holliday from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education on the evidence base for counselling in schools. Dr Dickon Bevington from the Anna Freud Centre gave us an amazing overview of self-harm and why it’s increasing.
Angela Leach, then Headteacher at Shirley Community Primary School, explained why being a Blue Smile Partner School had such a huge impact on pupils.
At our 2019 conference, The Resilient School, a Whole School Approach, our brilliant speaker Heather Geddes spoke about increasing attachment in classrooms, which had the many schools and therapists scribbling notes in excitement.
We were really honoured because this was probably Heather’s last big speaking engagement before semi-retiring. She was truly inspiring as an educational psychologist working with young people in trouble for so many years.