Confident conversations: how to talk about mental health with school staff

Develop confidence in having best practice conversations about mental health with staff in your school in this interactive masterclass

Events 16 July 2024 / 2 mins read

This masterclass, run by expert facilitator David Beeney, will give you more confidence to know what to say when staff approach you with mental health struggles but equally advise you on how best to approach a colleague who you suspect might be struggling. It will also provide you with fresh insight on how to create a kinder culture in schools to encourage more honest and open conversation about mental health.

During this masterclass you’ll explore:

• How create a kinder culture of trust within our schools that will optimise employee energy.

• The pivotal role a leader plays in workplace culture.

• What are the signs a member of staff may be struggling and how best to approach them.

• What is a best practice conversation if someone approaches you citing poor mental health.

• The value of leaders sharing vulnerability and being authentic.

• How best to look after your own mental resilience during a challenging time.

Who is this masterclass for?

This masterclass is suitable for any staff working in schools in Wales, but particularly school leaders and line managers.

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Facilitator bio:

David Beeney enjoyed a successful career in newspapers and magazines for over 30 years. However, since outing himself in 2016 about his secret battles with panic attacks he believes that he has now found true purpose and has committed to spend the rest of his life eradicating the stigma of mental health. His business Breaking the Silence has quickly established itself as one of the leading advisors in the UK on ‘mental health in the workplace’ and David has helped many of the leading brands in the UK to create kinder more compassionate cultures of trust. He was recognised again in 2024 as one of the top 101 influencers globally on employee engagement. David is a qualified Mental Health Counsellor affiliated to the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Practitioners) and a trustee for Mind.