‘Who Cares?’ awareness raising events in Barnet

This February we ran four events with 27 secondary schools in Barnet to raise awareness of children of parents with a mental illness (COPMI) and start to explore what they, as schools, can do to support them. The events were a great success and well-attended by a range of staff from schools, including heads of years, pastoral teams and student support services.

“The afternoon was very useful and enlightening. It has made me really begin to think about what we can do in school.”

These sessions were run in partnership with Barnet primary and secondary schools, CAMHS at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, and Barnet Mind, who have also set up and are running a KidsTime Workshop for the Barnet area. We are now working closely with a secondary school to develop a lead for the Barnet hub and a Sixth Form College to develop transition packages for young adults from schools to further education and employment.

Some feedback from the session:

“Excellent introduction to a very wide ranging topic.”

“Very passionate speakers.”

“Very relaxed, open discussions.”

“We look forward to the Barnet KidsTime forum event in the summer to check in with how schools are moving forward with their COPMI support and introducing KidsTime to primary schools.”

“Thank you, this session was very useful and encouraging to know that support for this group of young people is finally being taken seriously.”