The Mental Health Crisis in Schools

Are school-days the best of your life? For many they are not. Today, six times more children report mental illness than twenty years ago. Last month, Theresa May announced that every teacher will be trained to spot early warning signs of mental illness, describing tackling the rise in mental health problems as a ‘personal priority’.

In this timely talk—followed by audience questions—Professor Tamsin Ford discusses mental health and its relationship to education. She gets behind the headlines, asking if there is a mental health crisis for children and young people.

Tamsin has been part of the team that carries out the official national, annual survey of children’s mental health since it began. Her research informs policy for health services and schools in the UK.

Recently, Professor Tamsin Ford was awarded a CBE for her pioneering work on the mental health of children. We’ll discover how her vital research has found its way into the real world—impacting the services for children and young people.



Tamsin Ford CBE

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Exeter Medical School
University of Exeter

The group of researchers that Tamsin Ford leads studies the effectiveness of services and interventions to support the mental health and well-being of children and young people, with an increasing focus on schools. Tamsin is an honorary consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Devon Partnership Trust. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance Service, a founder member of the Child Outcome Research Consortium (CORC), and on the Board of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH).