Running a mental health conference


  • 30 students
  • 13 to 17 year olds
  • 6 months

A team of students from Hendon School planned, gained funding for and led a conference at Middlesex University that explored mental health with presentations from mental health experts. The team divided themselves into teams covering communications, logistics, workshops and budget and also conducted an evaluation of the event. Within the school, their peers were involved in the project through a series of assemblies and PSHE lessons planned and delivered by the students.

Run by: Assistant Headteacher

External involvement: Middlesex University Students Union, range of external presenters. Budget was secured from Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group

Other attributes developed: Organisation, negotiation, understanding finance

Reflection: Students used evaluation forms to reflect on how the event went and were supported to identify skills gained to include in CVs and application forms

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Students could be offered the opportunity to explore the range of courses available to study and to experience learning in the university environment. Also, they could have received talks from university staff and the mental health experts on their own career paths. Links to Gatsby Benchmarks 5, 6 and 7 - Encounters with employers and employees, experiences of workplaces, encounters with further and higher education

Links to curriculum learning: PSHE