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Pupil Mental Health

Course Tutor - Carolynne McKendry  

Carolynne McKendry is an experienced trainer, groupworker and facilitator with 17 years’ experience in local authority education. 

Until summer 2017, Carolynne was employed as an Education Health and Wellbeing Development Officer.  This role involved developing and delivering a range of CPD courses for teachers, mainly in mental health.  It also included developing resources and facilitating groups for children and young people. 

Carolynne trained as a Mental Health First Aid instructor in 2006 and has trained hundreds of teachers in Mental Health First Aid.  She currently works as a Health and Wellbeing Development Manager for a local Culture and Leisure Trust but continues her freelance work in the field of mental health and wellbeing.  Her freelance clients have included The Scottish Government, HMiE, Education Scotland, DWP, Police Scotland, The Prince’s Trust and a number of local authorities. 

Carolynne is passionate about her subject and likes to look after her own health and wellbeing.  She practices mindfulness, enjoys being physically active is an occasional radio presenter. 

She is delighted to join AOK Learning as an associate tutor. 

Supporting young people’s mental health, including self-harm
Friday 16th November 2018

10.00 - 15.30
£179 plus VAT

Schools can be very stressful and we often don’t know what to do for the best when a young person seems to be struggling to cope.  This course will give participants the opportunity to explore a range of topics that are connected to young persons’ mental health. It will also include examples of practical support for young people and a number of takeaway activities that can be used with young people in class or one-to-one.  

One in ten 15 and 16-year-olds has self-harmed at some point – from NHS Health Scotland 2015.
Self-harm is often a hot topic in schools and many staff feel ill equipped to intervene.  This course will give participants an understanding of self-harming behaviour and introduce a 5 step plan for intervention and support, using CBT approaches. (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

This is a fast paced course with lots to get through. 

The following will be covered throughout the day:


  • Exploring adolescent behaviour and the challenges of being a teenager
  • What’s normal and when should I be concerned?


  • The role of stress and the impact it can have on our wellbeing.
  • How to recognise stress and learn to cope better when it is unhelpful.
  • Get stress and panic quickly under control – easy to do and easy to share

Mental health and ill health 

  • A shared understanding of what mental health/ill health is
  • Signs and symptoms of poor mental health you may notice  

Self- Harm

  • What and why?
  • How to support a young person who is self-harming

Mind your language

  • Stigma and the use of language around poor mental health

What can I do to support?

  • What do I say and when do I say it – how to get it right
  • Listening and responding appropriately – how to get it right  

What about me?

  • How to look after yourself whilst looking after others

Mental Health First Aid - 2 day course
Friday 26th October and 2nd November
09.30 - 16.00
£249 plus VAT

One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.
From Mental Health Foundation report – Fundamental Fact about Mental Health 2015

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) is a two day, certificated course which will give participants the knowledge and skills required to recognise people who may be having mental health difficulties and gives them a framework for how to intervene and offer initial help.

In a nutshell, this course is about learning how to notice someone is struggling, may need help and to have the confidence to do something, rather than nothing.  This will be helpful in both a professional and personal context.   
Participants will learn-

  • More about mental health problems like depression and anxiety - what the signs and symptoms might look like.
  • How to start a difficult conversation with someone you think might need help, or you are worried about.
  • How to listen non-judgementally, offering support and kindness.  You don’t have to offer advice or fix people’s problems – that’s not your responsibility.
  • How to signpost someone to where they can go for professional help.
  • How to offer someone ideas for what they can do to help themselves.
  • How to ask if someone is thinking about suicide.  This can and has saved lives.

This is done in an inclusive, supportive way, with plenty of activities and discussion.  There is no expectation that you will share your own experience.  The facilitator, Carolynne McKendry, has been a MHFA instructor for 10 years and has trained hundreds of teachers and staff from Education. 

Comments from previous participants:

  • It has been a reassuring and motivating course.  Thanks!
  • As a collective group on day 1 we set out our aims and at the end of day 2, revisited.  Confidence has increased tenfold in recognising and intervening
  • I now feel confident to use the skills I have learned both at work and on a personal basis in the future.  Great course! 
  • I feel confident now to face and deal with difficult situations.  I feel positive I have a better awareness of mental health issues.  And I am a better listener.
  • This is a course with real value and practical application, as well as transferable skills.
  • Very informative, interesting and certainly beneficial.  I would recommend this course to colleagues.
  • I feel more confident in my ability to have a positive impact in situations where people are struggling with their mental health.  I am also less anxious myself as a result, as I now know that anything I can do is better than doing nothing.  Thank you.
  • I feel fully confident in using my new skills and knowledge in the real world.   Extremely helpful course, it surpassed my expectations.
  • Very relevant to the young people I work with and the daily challenges they face.
  • The course taught excellent frameworks to help those experiencing mental health difficulties.
  • The course has given me the confidence to ask someone if they are suicidal.
  • I think this will make a big impact in my life as I now feel confident enough to talk and point people in the right direction.

Courses available to all teachers:

Supporting a Probationer Teacher in your department/faculty - 7th September 2018

Mindfulness Level 1 - 25th September 2018

Teaching with the Ipad - 1st October 2018

An Introduction to Pastoral Care/Pupil Support/Guidance - 2nd October 2018

Managing your department/faculty - 8th October 2018

Making the most of GLOW - 9th October 2018

Mental Health First Aid - 26th October and 2nd November 2018

Using Excel and PowerPoint in the classroom - 5th November 2018

Mindfulness in Education: Resilience and effectiveness for School Leaders - 7th November 2018

Supporting young people with ASD and ADHD in the classroom - 14th November 2018

Supporting Young Peoples Mental Health, including Self Harm - 16th November 2018

Mindfulness for Students - 22nd November 2018

Encouraging Creativity using the iPad - 4th December 2018