Healthy MindED Conference

8th Jun 2017

Head Teachers in the North East consistently cite child mental health problems as their uppermost concern. The issue is further compounded by the erosion of support services due to welfare reform and public sector cutbacks, leaving schools to pick up the slack.

We are delighted to invite you to a full day conference on mental health in schools, where school leaders and other professionals will receive practical advice on how to improve pupil wellbeing and mental health in their schools.

We will be joined by Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition.  Professor Bailey is also chair of Healthy MindED, the first and only schools-led commission into pupils’ mental health, launched by SCHOOLS NorthEast at our Summit in October.

Also presenting will be Professor Miranda Wolpert of the Anna Freud Centre and University College London, the UK’s leading expert on what works and what doesn’t regarding children and young people’s mental health.

In addition to expert speakers, there will be numerous presentations from schools and the health services sharing examples of best practice in areas such as whole school approaches to mental health, making effective CAMHS referrals, and managing transitions within and between schools.


Click on the following link to view the full conference programme.


Date: Thursday 8 June 2017
Time: 8:30am – 3:00pm*
Location: Durham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QR
*timings indicative

The cost of attendance is £80+VAT for secondary school delegates and £65+VAT for primary school delegates.  Partner Schools receive discounted rates of £64+VAT for secondary delegates and £52+VAT for primary delegates.

To book your place, please email


About the Healthy MindED Commission

The conference will also inform the work of SCHOOLS NorthEast’s Healthy MindED schools-led Commission into mental health.

The Commission is co-chaired by Professor Dame Sue Bailey and Steffi Ellison, a pupil from Hartlepool. It brings together school leaders and key stakeholders with the aim of developing a fresh approach that is adoptable across all schools. The focus is not on reinventing the wheel, but rather to get the wheel turning more efficiently.

The Commission will collect evidence from schools across the region as to the nature and extent of the problem that they face, whilst also identifying and evaluating examples of best practice from both within and outside the region. It will also look at how the education and health sectors can work together to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people who have issues with their mental health.


This conference is kindly sponsored by Capita Education Recruitment


Durham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QR