14 January 2011

A special conference has been organised by Northamptonshire County Council to promote successful work in children’s mental health and present the emerging findings from a two-year project in schools.

More than 100 schools have signed up to the conference. It's taking place at Sixfields Stadium for education professionals to hear about the the results of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) project which aims to improve schoolchildren’s mental health and emotional wellbeing and so impact positively on attendance, exclusion and attainment.

The keynote speaker at the event will be internationally-renowned expert Professor Katherine Weare and throughout the day there will also be a host of workshops showcasing various methods of intervention.

The conference has been organised by the council to let schools know what they can do to promote good mental health and how they can access training and support to do this.

There will be a marketplace showing services and useful resources as well as demonstrations by schoolchildren of two specific programmes used in the two-year project: peer support and massage in schools.