Brookmans Park school holds 'invaluable' mental health event

PUBLISHED: 12:09 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 16 October 2017

Brookmans Park School hosting a Happy Children Wellbeing Conference. Picture credit Kathryn Shaw.

Brookmans Park School hosting a Happy Children Wellbeing Conference. Picture credit Kathryn Shaw.

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Brookmans Park Primary School hosted an "invaluable" mental health event geared to help ensure children are being well-supported.

Brookmans Park School hosting a Happy Children Wellbeing Conference. Picture credit Kathryn Shaw.Brookmans Park School hosting a Happy Children Wellbeing Conference. Picture credit Kathryn Shaw.

More than 160 adults linked to children flocked to the schools’s Happy Children Wellbeing Conference, where they soaked up advice from mental health experts and psychologists.

The initiative was driven by organiser Kathryn Shaw, founder of The Mindful Classroom, who visits schools to help people develop mindfulness life skills that can be taught to children.

Kathryn said: “I started wondering how we should deal with this quandary. How could we learn how to cope with the stress and strain of the 21st century whilst making sure our children are also prepared to be resilient, fulfilled and ultimately happy. “I was sure that I must not be the only parent who needed help, support, advice and guidance.

“And so the idea came to me to gather as many professionals as I could into one space for one day to share what they knew.”

Brookmans Park School hosting a Happy Children Wellbeing Conference. Picture credit Kathryn Shaw.Brookmans Park School hosting a Happy Children Wellbeing Conference. Picture credit Kathryn Shaw.

Stemming from the conference, Brookmans Park School is now working with Walter Brennan, a mental health nurse who delivered an inspirational talk on how to raise resilience in children.

He will be training some of the staff who will then be able to deliver workshops about resilience at the school.

Brookmans Park School headteacher Aileen Davies said: “The advice and insights to help our children lead happier and more fulfilled lives has been invaluable.

“I support the mental health of children wholeheartedly and as a school our development plan is intrinsically linked with wellbeing and positive ways to improve mental health and emotional resilience.

“I have no doubt that the parents of our children have benefitted greatly, as have the teachers and school staff who attended.”

The event was part of a wider drive at Brookmans Park to combat mental health, with visits from a neuroscientist and an appearance on Sky’s mental health programme The Chrissy B Show also in the pipeline.

Ms Davies added: “My main aim is to have a school full of calm, relaxed, self-confident, resilient and happy children who are able to fulfil their ultimate potential.”

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