Institute of Education


What if... we wanted our kids to be happier?

Start: Oct 01, 2018 05:45 PM
End: Oct 01, 2018 07:00 PM

Location: Jeffrey Hall, Level 1, UCL Institute Of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

What if we wanted our kids to be happier?

Young people’s poor sense of well-being has hit the headlines this year, with talk of crisis and a lot of soul-searching about why so many of our children seem to be so unhappy and ill at ease these days.

Thankfully, serious mental health problems remain comparatively rare and it’s important to remember that childhood and the teenage years, in particular, have always been a difficult time of transition. But something else seems to be going on today, from an earlier age.

Blame has been laid at the door of many things – from neoliberalism, to social media, to excessive testing in schools. What's changed to impact on young people’s well-being to such an extent, and what can schools, parents and carers, and policy makers – do about it? Are we doing enough, early on enough, to respond to modern day pressures – whether through mental health training for pupils or mental health first aid training for teachers? We've brought together a panel of experts to give us their views.

Join us in the debate with a host of fantastic speakers including:


This event is open and free for all to attend, however, it does require registration.

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Join the conversation on Twitter at #IOEDebates. The debate will be streamed live on UCL Live. A video recording and podcast will be available online from IOE Public Debates following the series.



Kate Thomas (ioe.events@ucl.ac.uk)