The TaMHS conference

​The TaMHS conference has been an annual event since 2017. The conference is organised jointly by the Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Service and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Connect, and is open to any professional who works in or with educational settings.

Every year the conference has a specific theme, but it always has one overarching aim:

  • To empower and support all those working within education, so that they are able to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those within the school community.

Furture TaMHS conferences

Information about future conferences will be posted on this website in due course.

TaMHS conference 2021

Theme: Make time for the moment

The TaMHS conference has been held annually in Northamptonshire since 2017 and this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, was held virtually across the week beginning 1 February 2021.

Each year, the conference has hosted a number of workshops around mental health. There have also been keynote speeches from prominent practitioners and professionals in the field of mental health such as Katherine Weare as well as ‘market place stalls’ where local organisations and charities that support mental health have been able to share what support they can offer, to those attending the conference.

Virtual workshops

Workshops that have been delivered at the conference in previous years, including at the most recent virtual conference, have included:

  • Loss, separation and bereavement
  • Emotion coaching
  • Self-injury
  • Tracking children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Keys to Happier Living
  • Solihull Approach (taster session)
  • Coping skills
  • Mindfulness
  • LEGO based Therapy

Please see document below for more details on how our virtual workshops were set up for TaMHS conference 2021:

Keynote speaker 2021: Katherine Weare

Katherine is the Professor Emeritus at the University of Southampton. She is known internationally for her work on wellbeing, mental health, and social and emotional learning for young people and those who live and work with them, including mindfulness and compassion. She has published widely in the field including a recent bestselling book ‘Happy Teachers Change the World’ with renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and led leading edge research, evidence reviews and programme creation across the UK and Europe. She is currently co-lead on Mindfulness in Education policy for the Mindfulness Initiative, UK, an influential think tank, and principal investigator for the Community of Contemplative Education for Mind and Life Europe.

To view Katherine Weare's keynote speech from TaMHS Conference 2021 please click on the Zoom link below and use the passcode given to gain access.

Zoom Recording:

 Access Passcode: @keynote21

TaMHS conference 2019

The 2019 TaMHS conference was held on 8 October 2019 and was a huge success. Representatives from eighty-one schools attended, consisting of sixty-three primary, infant and junior schools, thirteen secondary schools and five special schools. Colleagues from a variety of support agencies also attended, and there were over thirty stalls in the market place.

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith gave an upbeat but down-to-earth and entirely practical keynote address with the slides for this and the introduction to the conference provided:

What did delegates say about the TaMHS conference 2019?


"The conference was outstanding and well organised."
"It was full of great stalls with excellent content and a range of topics."
"I really enjoyed the day."
"It was great to be given the opportunity to network."
"It was helpful meeting with other agencies, specialists and learning about other services."

What one word would you use the encapsulate the TaMHS Conference?

  • Inspiring
  • Enlightening
  • Proactive
  • Informative
  • Fun