Best Practice

Mental health workshops for parents

Many schools run wellbeing or mental health workshops for parents to help support children and families. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers her tips for organising effective and engaging events

How can you run parent workshops on topics related to wellbeing and mental health that are well attended worthwhile?
I get asked this a lot and I am afraid that there is no magic bullet; to some extent consistency is key – and not getting disheartened by low attendance at first.

If you consistently put on events that parents and carers value then they are likely to become better attended over time. It is important though, that even if you are working with a very tiny audience, that the workshop feels to those attended like it has been a great use of their time – they will be your ambassadors encouraging others to attend next time.

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