Positive Mental Health in Children & Young People

Presented on Tuesday, 21st January 2020

game of tug o war, the child in front is pulling a face with the effort others in the team are laughing


Mental health is a key ingredient in helping children to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. Without positive mental health, children and young people are at risk for a range of difficulties. But how does positive mental health develop, and how can we help children and young people who are struggling?

This one-day course gave participants an invaluable understanding of mental health and relevant strategies to support young people. Key learning included:

  • What is mental health? Why does it matter?
  • The neuroscience of brain development.
  • Impact of toxic stress and early life adversity ('Adverse Childhood Experiences').
  • Links between mental health and behaviour – how can we help?
  • Mental health 'red flags' - when to refer on for further support.
  • Secondary stress and self-care.

Target Audience

Teachers of children with visual impairment, teachers of deaf children, class teachers, support for learning teachers and assistants, educational psychologists, social workers, and parents/carers.


Frances Griffin, Place2Be Consultant trainer in Teacher Education.


10.30 am What is Mental Health? Frances Griffin

11.15 am Mental Health and Brain development

1.15 pm Behaviour through a Mental Health lens

2.30 pm Emotion Coaching and Mental Health red flags

3.30 pm Self-care

3.45 pm Course Evaluation