Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May)

This event will bring together key academics, politicians and local charities with a focus on mental health and generate a debate around key issues and possible solutions and ways forward.

Approaches towards child MH in the UK need to be seen in the light of the postindustrial neoliberal austerity-context, in which cuts have effected long-term established MH services, whilst at the same time there is lots of publicity around how ‘we are failing our children on this front’ – the likes of Tanya Byron, as well as social media (Guardian) consistently flag up failures in this area (e.g. Byron said that whilst 25% of children in the UK have a mental health issues, only 6% of the health budget is dedicated to this).

Sceptics on the other hand (‘Spiked’) argue that an over-focus on MH is counter-productive and that we have to be careful with how we define MH illness; add to that the fact that women are diagnosed far more often than men (potentially down to doctor/gp/diagnostic bias), altogether creating the need for a debate around these issues and find ways to inform and improve practice.

More information can be found at:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-awareness-event-tickets-31962011236

Seminar: Engaging Family Narratives; Children’s Lives at home and school

28th June 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm, Portland Building, Room 1.66

Emma Maynard, Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Childhood Studies

Abstract:

This is a doctoral research project investigating the narratives of parents and children identified by the child’s school for social intervention. Noting the positioning of these families as “troubled” and “hard to reach” in policy and practice, the narratives explore what matters to individual families.

Parents and children were interviewed separately so as to allow them to explore themes freely, and a loose semi -structured interview enabled conversations to be (largely) led by the participant.

The data reveals an echoing of critical incidents between parent and child, and a retelling of family histories through shared perspectives. However the children also present different observations from their parents, offering new understandings. Unexpectedly, soft data indicates parents placed significant value on telling their story.

Thus the research hypothesises that engaging parents’ narratives could enable greater understanding of children in the context of their family history, and could influence intervention strategies to elicit a more effective outcome.

Book your place: https://secsresearch28062017.eventbrite.co.uk/