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Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

The week commencing Monday 5th February 2024 is Children’s Mental Health Week, and we’re delighted to share with you a range of events for parents/carers to best support their child(ren)’s mental health and wellbeing.

Two of these ‘hear from the experts’ events take place online via. Zoom, and a third event is in person at Queen Mary’s Grammar School. The sign up form for these sessions can be found here, and details of the sessions available can be found below.

The Adolescent Brain. Presented by Debbie Spens from Charlie Waller Trust – Monday 5th February 2024, 7-8pm on Zoom
This webinar looks at the development of the brain in adolescence, helping us to understand the potential reasons behind our teens’ behaviour. The session will also give you tips for supporting your children during this stage of their lives. Access link here (Meeting ID: 581 7307 0250, Passcode: 484406).

Harmful Substances. Presented by Asha Fowells from DSM Foundation – Tuesday 6th February 2024, 6-7:30pm at Queen Mary’s Grammar School
This live in-person talk will inform parents and carers about the latest trends with regard to illegal drugs and other harmful substances, and how to have conversations with your child about keeping themselves safe. This event takes place at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Sutton Road, Walsall, WS1 2PG. Parking is available on Sutton Road.

Eating Disorders. Presented by Hope Virgo – Wednesday 7th February 2024, 7-8:30pm on Zoom
Eating disorder campaigner and author, Hope Virgo talks to us about her own journey with anorexia, how we can spot the signs of disordered eating and eating disorders in young people, and why it is crucial that we change our approach to treating people with eating disorders. Access link here (Meeting ID: 898 7941 9660, Passcode: 931653).

Please note that the sessions are for adults only owing to the sensitive content being covered. Please do not raise concerns about individuals during these public events, but rather in private with a relevant member of Academy staff such as your child’s Personal Tutor, if you have any information to share following these events.


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