Improving mental health in schools – what does the research tell us?

Mental health disorders are extremely common in children and young people. They often persist into adulthood and are associated with serious long-term consequences. Yet only a minority of young people ever receive professional help for these problems, although there are clinically proven and cost-effective treatments. This is where schools can play a vital part: by preventing children from slipping through the net and becoming valuable sources of mental health support and input.

An event on Tuesday, 12th September 2017 will explore this vital issue of tackling mental health in schools. A group of distinguished experts will gather to discuss how we can support schools in improving mental health in their environments.

Supported by The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition, the one day conference brings together high-profile experts from various disciplines, as well as young people who have experienced mental health problems themselves, to offer the latest evidence-based advice on how to address mental health in schools, and the best methods to achieve this.

Given the vast number of policy initiatives and programmes being developed for use in schools, it is critical that schools know what they are able to achieve on the basis of the research evidence and where funding should be directed. The conference will involve keynote addresses, as well as poster presentations and opportunities to meet and talk to other professionals working in this area.

This not-for-profit conference is aimed at key authority figures in schools, commissioners, policy makers and researchers nationally. Schools will gain practical guidance about what works and what doesn’t, on the basis of the latest research evidence. Commissioners and policy makers will gain clear guidance on the best use of resources and priorities for future investments. Researchers will be able to see updates on the latest research and opportunities to develop research collaborations. 


Professor Mick Cooper – University of Roehampton

Dr Jessica Deighton – The Anna Freud Centre and University College London

Professor Neil Humphrey – University of Manchester

Dr Pooky Knightsmith – The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust

Lord Richard Layard – London School of Economics

Professor Shirley Reynolds – University of Reading

Young people with experience of mental health problems

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Full priced ticket @ £100 



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