Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference 4th February 2022 Live Online


Live Online on Friday, 4th February 2022

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With more and more children and young people struggling to cope with their mental health and with rising rates of depression, anxiety and self-harm, we invite you to join our live online Mental Health & Wellbeing Conference. Throughout the day you’ll hear from leading practitioners present on expert guidance, best practice and the latest research and resources. All co-ordinated to help support schools and colleges plan the next steps by implementing effective mental health and wellbeing interventions and practices.

‘In the UK, mental health disorders are the leading cause of child disability, and there are high unmet child mental health needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified known risk factors for child mental health disorders and disrupted support structures, leading to concerns that children’s mental health may be negatively affected.’ Children’s Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic Research Briefing, Sept 2021


Key Topics Covered an reasons to attend:

• How to support mental health in school/college and promote positive wellbeing;
• Understand the ‘National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy’;
• Gain practical strategies to implement back to school/college;
• Develop a whole school/college approach to meet the emotional needs and promote effective teaching and learning;
• Create a strong mental health and wellbeing culture for staff and students;
• Learn ways to become proactive towards wellbeing;
• Benefit from proven strategies and resources to make a positive difference to your school/college;
• Receive resources containing speaker’s presentations, M&S food voucher and many more goodies.



Action Jackson Motivational Speaker, Author & Entrepreneur

Dr Lyn O’Grady – Psychologist specialising in child mental health and wellbeing

Meic GriffithsFCCT Executive Head and Founder of Imperium Federation

Nina Jackson – Education Consultant & Author

Sam Garner – Education Consultant & Author


Who Should Attend

  • • Headteachers
  • • Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • • Education Welfare Officers
  • • Heads of Year
  • • SENCos/ALENCos
  • • Inclusion Managers
  • • Pastoral Leaders
  • • School Councillors
  • • School Nurses
  • • Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • • Senior leaders from schools, colleges and MATs
  • • Mental health first aiders
  • • Mental Health Lead
  • • School Mentors
  • • Family Engagement Officers
  • • Local Authorities
  • • Educational Psychologists

The day’s conference will also include opportunities for delegates to ask questions, network in breakout groups to discuss key issues and share good practice as well as enjoy a delicious M&S lunch of their choice and pack compliments of NSM Training & Consultancy.

Conference Programme

9.15 – 9.30 Registration

9.30 – 9.35 Welcome from Nina Jackson

9:35 – 10:25 Dr Lyn O’Grady – The World’s First National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The Australian Government launched the world’s first ‘National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy’ in October 2021. This session will explore the impact the strategy will have on schools, how it is likely to shape future policy and what measures can be put in place to help support its implementation.

10:25 – 10:30 Questions

10:30 – 11:10 Sam Garner – COVID and Mental Health – How it changed things and what is to come

We know that COVID has had an impact on mental health but what has been the impact and why? How can we continue to support our mental health and manage our anxieties? Also, what can we expect in the future when ‘COVID Babies’ begin education and how can we prepare for this?

11:10 – 11:25 Breakout Room, Networking & Break

11:25 – 12.00 Nina Jackson – Staff Wellbeing – ‘Being the best for the children means you need to be even better yourself’ – Looking after yourself and others for great staff wellbeing.

During this session Nina will guide you, support you and offer strategies for staff wellbeing. Not just teachers, but all staff in your school. You will learn about self-care as well as caring for others and how to be resilient in your role so that you are able to meet the demands of your job.

12.00 – 12.35 Meic Griffiths – Unleash your Inner Super Hero!

Taking on the most challenging of schools is a challenge that a lot of people shy away from … but why? This session will give advice, support and fresh ideas to support mental health and wellbeing and drive change within the ethos of your building, your staff, children and community.

12.35– 13.10 Breakout Room, Questions, Lunch

13:10 – 14.00 Nina Jackson – Student Wellbeing – ‘Care-Full strategies to support student wellbeing in schools’

During this session Nina will guide you, support you and offer strategies for student wellbeing. From identification of needs to purposeful interventions to help all students flourish and thrive in school.

14:00 – 14:30 Sam Garner – Why are we so obsessed with our bodies?

Body positivity is regularly spoken about in terms with regard to our mental health, but is the body positivity movement helpful or harmful? This session will look these questions and look at how we can change our cognitive biases for improved wellbeing, for ourselves and our children.

14:30 – 14:40 Breakout Room/Questions

14.40 – 15.20 Action Jackson, Motivational Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur Action Jackson will share tips on how to stay motivated and stay driven in your life. It is a talk that will leave you feeling empowered, be prepared to have fun and reflect on the strategies that will help you with your mental health and wellbeing. After this, you won’t need Redbull, because Action will give you the wings in:

• Dealing with the inner critic
• Protecting your Happiness
• Creating a culture and power

15.20 – 15:30 Sam Garner – Thoughts of the day & feedback

15:30 Close


“Great practical ideas to help us all support and create good mental health in the classroom. Great presentation. So many wonderful ideas. Thank you”

“Loving the start to the MH conference so far Barry and Nina so so inspirational! Thinking of asking Nina to be my new best friend! ….. what a woman! Thanks so much for arranging such good content! Feeling positive going back into my workplace, off to enjoy my kit Kat!”

“Amazing training inspirational and uplifting.”

“Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference is brilliant, so much information being shared and a lot of it new to me. I was concerned how an online conference would work but it’s been amazing, interactive and plenty of humour. Thank you”

“Half way through the conference today and totally overwhelmed with the inspirational and amazing speakers- can’t wait for the rest of the conference. So many great suggestions, resources for staff, parents and children and a good reminder to take care of ourselves too! I work with families across a cluster of 5 schools and I feel re energised by the conference to continue offering the support they need. Thank you.” 💛 #nsmtc”

“Great to hear from Prof. Barry carpenter as he opens the Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference hosted by @nsmtc Great insights into the impact on children’s mental health, and prioritising our response to support children on their return to school. Something we feel strongly about!

“@nsmtc really impressed with comms and set up for this important conference!”

“Taking part in a Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference today. Opened with Professor Barry Carpenter providing vital insights into how we can support children in a recovery curriculum. We need to support young people now more than ever before @nsmtc”

“An emotional start to the day listening to Prof. Barry Carpenter’s thoughts on the impact this pandemic is having on children’s mental health and well-being. Confirms my passion for putting children’s well-being at the heart of our curriculum. Red heart Thank you @nsmtc.”

“Superb talk @nsmtc this morning on the recovery curriculum and managing wellbeing on the return to school. Very powerful and full of useful ideas from Prof. Carpenter…lots of ideas.. watch this space @RMSforGirls

“Wow what a great conference on mental health and well-being by @nsmtc ! So informative and engaging and touched on such important topics with a focus not only within lockdown but when we go into ‘recovery and beyond’. Loved the M&S voucher, workbook & stationary freebies in the pack too!”

“A professionally nourishing day at the @nsmtc Mental Health & Well-being conference. So much to think about and so much reassurance around what we are doing across our Trust. A big thank you to you all.”



Further information

Trainer will be in the room at 9:00am and until 4:00pm to answer any questions or for further information etc.
Mid-morning and afternoon breaks will be given to make the day comfortable and enjoyable.
Questions and discussions are welcome throughout the conference. We want to make this your day.


Your Pack

We will send you a pack in the post with a £10 gift voucher for lunch, a treat for break time, all handouts and activity packs. These will also be sent as a digital editable version during the session if you needed.

We will ensure that the conference is made comfortable and stress free for you to enjoy wherever you are.

Additional information

Date and Location

4th February 2022