A local conference attended by schools and representatives from partner organisations, aims to put the mental health of children and young people firmly on the agenda.

Over 100 delegates are attending the Conference "˜Ordinary Magic', which will explore ways to promote the mental and emotional wellbeing of students attending local schools.

The Conference is taking place on Thursday 19 November at the Grafham Water Centre. Key note speakers include Professor Angie Hart, University of Brighton and co-director of boingboing, a not-for-profit organisation doing resilience research and practice and Roger Catchpole trainer and consultant with YoungMinds. Experts in their field will be running workshops to enable participants to experience programmes known to have a positive impact on mental and emotional wellbeing.

The Conference, organised by Cambridgeshire County Council's Education Wellbeing Team, is in response to schools requesting more support on mental health issues.

 Diane Fenner, Development Manager for the Education Wellbeing Team at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The mental and emotional wellbeing of children and young people is a priority for us all working in education. There's a clear link between mental health and attainment and this conference aims to share approaches to build the resilience of children and young people and to promote their mental health. We've had an amazing response from local schools and partners wishing to attend the Conference.'


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