Norfolk: Headteachers Discuss Mental Health

Headteachers and other education workers in Norfolk are getting together today to raise awareness of mental illness in young people.

It's part of conference organised by the Norfolk Secondary Education Leaders and Norfolk Primary Headteachers' Association looking into how they can better support children in schools.

James Joyce, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Children's Services Committee, said: "This conference is an excellent way to pull together representatives from local schools, nurseries, colleges and support providers to discuss the issues and how we can improve school experiences for children and young people. What we are all ultimately striving for is better information and emotional wellbeing support."

the conferences aims to: 

- Raise awareness of mental illness, its prevalence and the structures and support on offer in Norfolk.
- Foster communication & collaboration between all those working to improve the mental health of young people and wider education communities.
- Share whole-school proactive approaches to mental wellbeing.

There will be expert speakers from across the country as well as a number of local schools and colleges sharing approaches.

Taverham High Headteacher and Vice Chair of NSEL Carol Dallas is chairing the conference and said: "Headteachers and local partners are consistently working to promote positive strategies in school that improve the health and wellbeing of our young people.

"Schools are passionate about supporting and improving the mental health of our community and we hope this conference will share the excellent practice that already exists in many Norfolk schools and be a springboard to further research, preventative measures, and improved partnerships with the health service and other providers. We really can influence the future landscape by working together with a shared common goal."

Research by the NHS and commissioned by the Department for Health - 'Future in Mind' - shows one in 10 children need support or treatment for mental health problems and 75% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) start by the age of 18.

James Joyce, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Children's Services Committee, said: "This conference is an excellent way to pull together representatives from local schools, nurseries, colleges and support providers to discuss the issues and how we can improve school experiences for children and young people. What we are all ultimately striving for is better information and emotional wellbeing support."

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