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25 Jun 2018
Governors, headteachers, pastoral care leaders, sencos, teachers and teaching assistants of all schools
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31 Aug 2018
Supporting Young People’s Mental Health in East Sussex Schools: a resilience based approach

Resilience Forum: Monday 17th September 2018 from 4pm to 6pm

University of Brighton, Eastbourne (building and room to be confirmed)

This interactive presentation is designed to complement the roll out of the guide “Supporting Children and Young People in their Mental Health: A Guide for Schools”. It will outline how the need for the Guide was identified and the process of co-producing it with a cross-disciplinary team, including young people with experience of unmet mental health need as pupils. It will provide an overview of how to use the guide in practical school based situations, with real life examples and case studies. It will also include opportunities to ask specific questions about mental health needs covered in the Guide and how these can be addressed using the Resilience Framework as an embedded therapy approach.

You can book a free ticket for this event here


  • Lisa Buttery is artist in residence and Participation and Training Worker for Boingboing, and a representative of people with lived experience for the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice. Lisa liaised with the young people from Download and East Sussex Youth Cabinet to make sure that their “Top Ten Tips” for promoting positive mental health in schools was integrated into the more detailed Schools Guide.
  • Judy Perraton has joined the I-SEND department at ESCC in the newly created role of Schools’ and Colleges’ Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Adviser. Judy has a background in supporting children, young people and families through frontline work, mediation and teaching, and her remit is to help schools & colleges develop a whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing.
  • Anne Rathbone is the Senior Training and Consultancy Manager for Boingboing. Anne led on the co-ordination and editing of this co-produced Schools Guide, ensuring that it was accessible and practical for school staff to use, and in line with the latest research evidence base on resilience.
  • Vicki Spencer-Hughes works for ESCC as a consultant in public health with a lead for children and young people.  As chair of the Schools and Colleges Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Working Group she was involved in developing the guide.
  • Dr Claire Stubbs is a practising Counselling Psychologist and works part time for Boingboing. Claire led on the section of the guide that outlines practical ways to support young people in their specific mental health needs, using a resilience approach.
Judy Perraton
Judy Perraton
Schools Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Adviser

Phone: 01273 335089