Dr Pooky Knightsmith
Mental Health Educator, Speaker, Author & Advisor
An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health, social care and education staff with the skills, understanding and knowledge they need to support the children in their care. Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of many books, is the research and development director at Creative Education and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She lives in South London with her two daughters, husband, mother-in-law and three dogs. She’s a keen climber an amateur knitter and a tenor in her local choir. She lives with PTSD and autism.
8 Practical strategies for supporting pupils who are struggling with mental wellbeing
This session is aimed at staff who are supporting students who are struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, self-harm or other distressing or challenging behaviours. The Session is entirely practical and runs through 8 strategies that colleagues can use right away to support the students in their care.