Supporting learners who have Mental Health

Working with Learners who have Mental Ill-Health 8 December 2017

If you want or need to know more about working with learners who have Mental Ill-Health in a mainstream setting, here is an essential half-day workshop.

Mental Ill-health is more common in young people than ever before. Learners with this hidden illness may display behavioural problems or have poor engagement with staff. Ultimately, it affects learning and achievement.

The term ‘mental illness’ is generally used when someone experiences significant changes in their thinking, feelings or behaviour.  The changes need to be bad enough to affect how the person functions or to cause distress to them or to other people.

The terms ‘mental health problem’ and ‘mental disorder’ have a similar meaning.

If a person has always had a problem in their thinking, feeling or behaviour, then this is not usually called mental illness.  It may then be called a developmental problem or a difficulty with their personality – sometimes called a personality disorder.

The impact that mental ill-health has on learning:

  • Attendance
  • Engagement with teaching staff, peers and task
  • Performance
  • Achievement
  • Retention

This workshop runs 9.30 am – 12 noon

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Whether in a teaching or supporting role, people attending this workshop will be able to leave the training with knowledge of how:

  • To increase awareness of mental health problems
  • To identify barriers to learning and suggest strategies to overcome these barriers
  • To develop skills for managing challenging situations

Who should attend:


The trainer for this programme is Sarah Townsend, who works extensively with young people who have Mental Ill-Health in many settings, including mainstream and SEN learning environments.