National Mental Health Debate for Primary Schools

Gweld y dudalen hon yn yr iaith Gymraeg

Does technology improve your mental health?

Join us for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales & TEC Cymru National Mental Health Debate for Primary Schools, where multi-school panels will argue for and against the motion ‘Does technology improve your mental health?’.

This virtual event is being held for primary schools throughout Wales to enter. The event will be broadcast over Zoom on Friday 11th February 2022, 9.30-10.30.

This event follows our recent, successful National Mental Health Debate for Young People. this was held for secondary schools across Wales in June 2021.

We are asking that schools register interest and further details will follow.

Each invited school will nominate two student spokespeople to represent them at the debate.

Each two-person team will argue ‘for’ and ‘against’ the motion on behalf of their school, with contributions 'for the motion' and 'against the motion' lasting two minutes each as a maximum.

Each contribution is pre-recorded, and submissions can be received in English or Welsh.

During the event itself, submissions will be broadcast and there will be contributions from prominent popular figures to support the broadcast. The debate will be chaired by a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, alongside a panel of judges. 

It will run 'live' on Friday 11th February (9.30-10.30), the resources will also be made available to schools to watch back from a webpage from the morning of the event.

If you would like to register your school to participate, please complete the electronic form from the blue box opposite in the first instance, we'll then come back to you with details of how to submit a video recording and all the relevant deadlines.

We ask that schools register interest early to avoid disappointment.

Schools who do not wish to participate will have the opportunity to view the broadcast. This will be behind a secure link and not a public event. There will be further information distributed in the run up to the event.

We'll be sending out a short guide of how best to submit the recordings, this will be shared once schools register their interest. Please be assured that it's straightforward.

We also have permission to share a couple of examples from recordings that were shared for our most recent debate for secondary school pupils. These can be shared on request, please contact Antonia Fabian.

Timeline

  • Please register for interest as soon as possible.
  • The full event programme, with confirmed schools and guest speakers will be issued by the middle of January.
  • Video submissions need to be received by Friday 28th January.
  • The debate will be broadcast over Zoom on Friday 11th February, 9.30-10.30.

Notes for schools

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales has a recent history of running these successful mental health debates for young people. We have received significant support from Llysfaen primary school in hosting in-person debates for primary school pupils, and we have previously held a virtual debate for secondary schools pupils across Wales in June 2021.

Technology Enabled Care Cymru (TEC Cymru) are the national video consultation service, supported by Welsh Government.

For further information, please contact Antonia Fabian.