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Mental Health and Wellbeing in a School Library Setting

Course Details:

Poor mental health in our young people is at an all time high, and there’s a renewed focus on the role that schools can play. Delegates on this training day will explore how to create a culture that’s conducive to good mental health, as well as looking at the challenges facing young people today and solutions that can be employed to help pupils struggling in these areas. Literature, escapism and safe spaces are all imperative to good mental health so building the skill level and confidence of the staff is a great way to bolster wellbeing throughout the whole school.


Through their work with small communities like schools, youth groups, sports teams etc., Self Esteem Team have helped to make real changes to the lives of young people. Issues covered during this course will include -

  • Anxiety
  • Body image
  • Exam and academic stress
  • Mental health
  • Self-esteem


The speaker will give first hand testimonials about her experiences before applying her knowledge of these universal topics to the specific queries of the delegates in the training session.  She will give them signs to look out for, coping mechanisms for pupils, guidance on where pupils can go for further help and will briefly look at staff wellbeing as well.

Trainer: Marie (Maz) Udall

Marie delivers Self Esteem Team’s core classes and their primary programme.  Having earned her stripes as a supply teacher she is now in demand for her classes for adults as well as popping into schools around the UK which has given her the expertise to read any classroom.  As a fireball of energy (who is very much connected to her inner child), she is a magnet when it comes to young people wanting to learn from her. Not only is she animated and friendly, she is also incredibly skilled. Oh! And did we mention she holds a world title in Taekwondo?

Feedback from Course:

Wow what a course. It was brilliant and I would recommend it to all.

If only all schools had the money to get this team in.

Maz was an excellent trainer – she just kept going without notes and hardly any prompts.

I would go as far as saying it is essential training for all in schools.

Amanda Deaville, Senior School Services Officer, Library Services for Schools, Cumbria

Key Audience:

primary and secondary school staff

Venues and Dates:

  • 6 November 2018, 09:30-15:15: Newton Rigg Conference Centre, Newton Rigg College, Newton Rigg, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0AH [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegate who are non-members of the SLA working in schools which subscribe to Cumbria Schools Library Service.
  • 21 November 2018, 09:30-15:15: Wallsend Customer First Centre, 16 The Forum, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear NE28 8JR [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegate who are non-members of the SLA working in schools which subscribe to one of the Schools Library Services based in the North East.
  • 28 February 2019, 09:30-15:00: Chesterton Community Sports College, Castle Street, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 7LP [Map]
    Special attendance fee applies for delegate who are non-members of the SLA working in schools which subscribe to Staffordshire Schools Library Service.Book Online
    Discount Deadline: 31 January 2019; Closing Date: 13 February 2019
  • 14 March 2019, 09:30-15:00: Epsom College, College Road, Epsom, Surrey KT17 4JQ [Map]Book Online
    Discount Deadline: 14 February 2019; Closing Date: 27 February 2019
  • 19 March 2019, 09:30-15:00: Bryanston School, Blandford, Dorset DT11 0PX [Map]Book Online
    Discount Deadline: 19 February 2019; Closing Date: 4 March 2019
  • 25 April 2019, 09:00-15:00: Highgate School, North Road, London N6 4AY [Map]Book Online
    Discount Deadline: 28 March 2019; Closing Date: 10 April 2019
  • 30 April 2019, 09:00-15:00: Oakham School (Smallbone Library), Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6DG [Map]Book Online
    Discount Deadline: 2 April 2019; Closing Date: 15 April 2019