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Key note speakers: Alastair Campbell and Fiona Millar, Professor Simon Baron-Cohen,
Dr Carol Holliday, Dr Dickon Bevington, Angela Leach - Head Teacher at Shirley Primary School

In June 2017 Blue Smile hosted their first conference for Heads, SENCOs, Statutory Services and NHS professionals, aimed at tackling issues to improve the mental well-being and prospects of Cambridgeshire children.
Nearly four children in every class have a mental-health problem which affects their education and life opportunities. Yet teachers are under increasing pressure and resources are scarce. How can schools respond and ensure that pupils access the help they need?
This one-day conference supported understanding of the issues surrounding the current crisis. Through expert presentations and panel discussions, it explored the expectations placed on schools and most importantly shared strategies to help.
We were delighted to welcome more than 100 Head-teachers, teachers, clinical professionals and statutory service representatives to this event. With so many schools expressing their concern to address the mental wellbeing of their pupils, we are confident the event will support us in our aim to reach out to help still more children.
If your school would like to receive further information about the support given by Blue Smile's Outreach Service or Blue Smile's Menu of Services, please contact our Outreach Project Leader, Jess Manley on Tel. 01223 314725 or by email at jess.manley@bluesmile.org.uk

We also asked delegates to share with us their concerns and vision for our shared response to the Mental Health Crisis in Schools and we are delighted to share the responses in the images on this page.


Alastair Campbell and Fiona Millar: Mental health... What are we doing to our kids?
Alastair Campbell is a British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author, best known for his work as Downing Street Press Secretary, followed by Director of Communications and Strategy, for Prime Minister Tony Blair. Having suffered from mental health problems himself, he has been a prominent supporter and advocate for the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change, and has written twelve books, including three on mental health and mental illness.
His partner, Fiona Millar, is a British journalist and campaigner on education and parenting issues. She is a former adviser to Cherie Blair. She contributes to Education Guardian and the Local Schools Network website and has been a Governor in many schools.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen: Autism and Education: Lessons from latest research
Professor of Developmental Psychopathology and Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Simon Baron-Cohen is Director of the Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge and Patron of Blue Smile. He has a degree in Human Sciences from New College, Oxford, a PhD in Psychology from UCL, and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, and has held lectureships in these departments. Author of Mindblindness, The Essential Difference, Prenatal Testosterone in Mind, and Zero Degrees of Empathy, he has written books for parents and teachers including Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts, and Teaching Children with Autism to Mindread. He has celebrated autism in An Exact Mind. He is author of the DVDs Mind Reading and The Transporters, to help children with autism learn emotion recognition, both nominated for BAFTA awards.

Dr Carol Holliday: Therapy and Counselling: The latest research evidence
Carol Holliday is Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and a senior integrative arts psychotherapist, registered with UKCP, with over 20 years' experience of clinical practice. She works with people of all ages but her main interests in psychotherapy are working with children and young people, and the therapeutic role of adults in the lives of children. She also has a particular interest in working with images, play and the arts in therapy, education and research. The twin threads of relationship and the arts weave through all aspects of her work. She also works as a clinical supervisor.

Blue Smile Clinical Directors: Blue Smile's therapy and its effects

Dr Dickon Bevington: Self-Injury: how do we make sense of it, is it getting worse, and what works?
Dr Dickon Bevington, MBBS, MRCPsych, is Medical Director at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Dr Bevington is also a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust's CAMHS.

Angela Leach - Head Teacher at Shirley Primary School: The impact of a holistic approach to emotional wellbeing

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