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Tuesday, August 25 • TBA
The Unexpected Reality of Wellbeing: 'Avoiding a Mental Health Pandemic'

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Evidence Led Insight From a Clinical Psychology Perspective. What's been learnt from recent experiences, and how can the education system develop a longer term approach to wellness and mental health for students.

We are delighted to welcome Beth and her team who bring vital insight, updates and an approach to mental health that is relevant in contexts across the world.

This article frames the current situation, and, with mental health being such a vital core of a functioning society, this will be one of a selection of sessions that focuses specifically on Covid-19 and the impact it has had, and is likely to have: https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/young-people-mental-health-coronavirus-suffolk-1-6761317

There are a few unexpected outcomes from recent times - one being some issues that may  easily be overlooked in the drive to get back to business. The reality that many students and staff are becoming  more, not less anxious about being in the school environment (and not just because of the virus).

"While the coronavirus pandemic has made existing mental health issues worse for some young people due to the lack of routine, isolation and loneliness, for others anxiety connected to school has been eased."

Dr Mosley said by developing “psychological flexibility,” with the support of good role models, it could enable youngsters to “focus on what they can do, rather than what they have lost and can’t do”.
“But it is natural for them to have that bereavement response, and that’s okay. They are not going to be stuck here forever,”

"Dr Beth Mosley, a psychologist who specialises in working with young people, said referrals to the Suffolk Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Hub were increasing because of “anticipatory anxiety” over going back to school in September."

"The number of referrals of young people to NSFT in Suffolk over the lockdown period of March to June was actually lower than the same period last year (by 1,053 referrals), which Dr Mosley said could be due to families not taking issues to GPs or a fall in school-based anxiety."

“And we know from really solid research that connection with others is so fundamental to emotional development and brain development,” 

An example of one county's support package:

Dr Mosley said: “The Psychology in Schools Team and other Suffolk services will be working together to provide a package of support to all Suffolk parents, schools and young people around how to cope with and respond to the anxiety that many young people and families will be feeling about returning to school.

“This will include information leaflets, podcasts, pre-recorded training for school staff, assembly and lesson plans that schools can run for students who may be struggling in the first term back.”

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Dr Beth Mosley

Clinical Psychologist, Thurston Community College (NSFT)
Nationally, there has been a sharp rise in reported levels of anxiety and stress in school-aged children and there is an estimated three children in every classroom that has an active mental health condition. One in four school-aged children is experiencing emotional distress at any... Read More →

Tuesday August 25, 2020 TBA
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