Can schools facilitate early identification of mental health difficulties?

  • Tue 6 Sep 22

    12:30 - 14:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Emma Soneson

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Health and Social Care, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr ZhiMin Xiao

Under-identification of mental health need contributes to the mental health care gap for children and young people.

In this talk, Emma Soneson will discuss how schools may be able to help bridge this gap through early identification programmes.

The talk will include an overview of the international evidence for school-based identification followed by an in-depth look into local evidence generated as part of two UK-based studies.

First, Emma will give an overview of the Developing Early Identification and Access in Learning Environments (DEAL) Study, which used stakeholder consensus to develop a new identification programme for UK primary schools. Then, she will share exciting new findings from a feasibility study of an online, low-intensity teacher training programme to improve the identification of and response to mental health difficulties in primary schools.

The talk will close with wider implications for policy and practice.


Emma Soneson is a PhD student and Gates Scholar at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge.

How to attend

This seminar is being held via Zoom (meeting ID: 963 6344 1921).

If you have any queries about this seminar please email Dr ZhiMin Xiao (zhimin.xiao@essex.ac.uk).