Researching Education and Mental Health: Where are we now?

Mental health is currently a key focus of social policy in Britain, with educational settings increasingly looked to for provision of support in this area. Yet mental health and wellbeing remain relatively under-researched in the education sector. This conference will provide a timely and much needed forum to bring together practitioners, academics, researchers, students and
others with a keen interest in the area of education, mental health and wellbeing. This one-day event offers you opportunities to learn about the latest research, debate key issues, share good practice, and help set a research agenda to drive forward new research across all educational settings, from early years to adult community learning.

A leading expert in the field will open the conference and a diverse and interactive programme will follow. This includes symposia to showcase recent research; parallel roundtable discussions (please pre-book when you register) on pertinent topics such as how we bridge the research to practice gap for evidence-based mental health and wellbeing initiatives, and the impact new responsibilities related to learners’ mental health has on education staff and their wellbeing; a panel discussion on ‘hot topics’ warranting urgent research attention; and poster presentations.


The purpose of this conference is to scope the field of research in the area of Mental Health, WellBeing and Education and to help set a dynamic research agenda moving forward.
We welcome papers and poster presentations that address the conference’s broad theme and invite contributions from members from across all educational settings to share their research in the area of education, mental health and wellbeing.
We also welcome ‘hot topic’ suggestions for the roundtable discussions which will form part of the conference’s interactive programme.
Practitioners, academics, researchers, students and others with a keen interest in education, mental health and wellbeing are all welcome to attend.


Draft programme

10.00 Registration, refreshments and networking
10.20 Welcome and introduction to the day
10.30 Keynote
11.15 Paper presentations 1:
Researching Mental Health, WellBeing and Education
12.15 Lunch (including refreshments) and poster viewing
13.00 Paper presentations 2:
Researching Mental Health, WellBeing and Education
13.45 Round table discussions
14.45 Panel Discussion on ‘hot topics’ for the Mental Health, WellBeing and Education research agenda followed by Q&A
15.45 Closing remarks
15.55 Completion of evaluation forms
16.00 Close of event


The BERA Early Career Researcher Network offers a limited amount of bursaries to the value of £75 towards travel for BERA Student Members only.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 250 word statement on why you want to attend this event and why you need the financial assistance. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA.

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