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Mental health and wellbeing in education: how can we respond?

27 November 2019 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
This event is open to BPS members and the general public. Registration is required. See Pricing Tab for more information.
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Registration deadline: 19 November

Over the last few years, concerns about the mental health of students have been raised extensively by the media.

Most educators in psychology recognise that our students sometimes struggle with their mental health. This timely workshop provides educators in higher education and pre-university teachers with an opportunity to discuss and share practice. 

The day will include discussions of Mental Health First Aid training in universities and schools, and will explore other initiatives that have been employed to support students’ mental health.

We know that our students are part of a wider community, and it is important to open up the conversation across society.

In the afternoon we welcome bestselling author Dr Dean Burnett, who will be talking about having wider discussions about Mental Health, including what he has learned from publishing his recent book aimed at teenagers “Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It” and new audio book “Psycho-Logical!” and how he has approached writing about mental health for general public.

We anticipate that workshop participants will leave with ideas for how to adapt their own practice to promote good mental health and wellbeing among their students.

Target Audience

The target audience is educators with responsibility for teaching, pastoral care or supervising student within the field of Psychology. It is aimed both at educators within higher education, and pre-tertiary contexts, and open to both members and non-members.

For further information please see the Programme Tab.

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

Event Location: 
9:30 Arrival and registration, networking, coffee available
10:30 Welcome and introduction from DART-P chair and facilitator
11:00 The introduction of MHFA and other mental health initiatives: a university setting
11:45 Pre-tertiary teachers’ approaches to mental health in students
12:30 Activity: Application to educational practice
13:00 Buffet lunch (provided), networking, and AGM
14:00 Wider discussions about mental health with Dr Dean Burnett
14:30 Activity: Planning educational change
15:00 Presentations
15:30 Synthesis, close at 16:00

Dr Amy Cook is Head of Psychology Department at Birmingham City University (BCU). Amy's research interest is closely aligned to teaching and practice and is focused on the student experience including learning and wellbeing. Amy is a key contributor to projects investigating the role of mindfulness in increasing academic performance and factors which impact on student satisfaction. Her current research is focused on embedding Mental Health First Aid in psychology curriculums and supporting local secondary schools to do this in their curriculum.

Dr Michael Mantzios Ris Reader in Health Psychology and Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead at BCU. Michael is teaching several topics in Psychology, and is mainly interested in Health Psychology outcomes. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is working on research projects that relate to obesity, eating behaviours, mindfulness, self-compassion, self-kindness, colouring books and Higher Education. He is also working on multiple research projects on psychological tools and interventions to enhance health and wellbeing.

Dr Dean Burnett is a neuroscientist, lecturer, author, blogger, podcaster, pundit, science communicator and comedian. Dean is currently a full-time author, previously known for his satirical science column ‘Brain Flapping‘ at the Guardian, which ran from 2012 to 2018. This led to his internationally acclaimed bestselling debut book ‘The Idiot Brain‘, which has resulted in further books ‘Happy Brain”, “Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It” and “Psycho-Logical!”.

Helen Kitching is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS. She is Head of Psychology and Mental Health Lead at Gildredge House School, East Sussex. She is Chair-elect of DART-P and Chair of SCoPTE. Helen is a member of the expert reference group for Children and Young People. She teaches modules on Mindfulness and mental health. Within her role as Mental Health Lead, she oversees staff members who have undertaken the Mental Health First Aid training and supports both staff and students.

  • Identify and discuss practices that having both a positive and negative impact on mental health in students.
  • Explain how educational practice is changing in light student’s mental health needs.
  • Review examples of emerging practice in education that are responding to mental health issues in student.
  • Design educational changes to enhance one’s own teaching practice to promote good mental health among students.

Registration Information

DART-P member £57
BPS Concession £40
Society member £68
Affiliate Subscriber £83
Non Member £91

All prices include VAT

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Concessionary rates apply to student members of the Society, to retired members, graduate members registered under Rule 15(ii) (Graduate Member and a postgraduate student in the UK not subject to Income Tax), and Members who are registered under Rule 22 (reduction in membership fees for people who are finding it difficult to pay the full amount, eg through unemployment or temporary hardship).

Terms and conditions apply.

If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting 'DARTP-MentalHealth- 27Nov' at: 

Alternatively telephone during office hours on +44 (0) 116 252 9515 stating the name and date of the event.  

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