Staff INSET Day: Mental Health Conference


On Friday 20th October as the students started their Half Term, the staff took part in a Mental Health Conference at HBS. We are very grateful to our two excellent speakers who gave up their time to share their expertise. We were fortunate to have Dr Mark Berelowitz, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who leads the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) team at The Royal Free Hospital guiding us in a very thoughtful and thought-provoking session. He talked about the increasing prevalence of mental health struggles across society as a whole, and tackled all sorts of questions from the floor, giving sage advice from his extensive experience and clinical practice. Ian Macdonald from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, which is a charity specialising in mental health training, spoke in a very engaging way about the experiences of those who have periods of struggle with mental health and how schools can proactively support their students on an individual and whole school level.

We are looking forward to our Whole School Council next week which will also focus on Mental Health. Every form in every year group has been discussing their ideas about how students can support one another and how the school can best support students, as we journey together to make sure that we offer the best possible care to each individual. As ever, our students are brimming with ideas and we look forward to working with them on implementing them. This has been a major focus for us for several years now and we want to continue to look for ways to help all our students feel cared for, comfortable and confident.

Del Cooke

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