Tools and training resources

Tools and training resources supporting mental health in schools.

  • Website MindEd: e-learning to support young healthy minds

    This portal contains a wealth of information for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues. MindEd has been developed in collaboration with a number of organisations and is funded by the Department of Health. MindEd is the place to find content from the following curricula: Counselling MindEd which offers accessible, engaging e-learning to trainee and practising counsellors working with children, young people and young adults; and the MindEd Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) curriculum which has been developed to support the transformation of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

    Publisher: Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
    Published Date: 25/03/2014

  • Website Investing in Children: Incredible years - teacher / classroom management

    The Incredible Years Series is a set of interlocking group training programmes for parents, teachers, and children. The goal of the programme is to prevent, reduce and treat behavioural and emotional problems in children (aged 2-12).

    Publisher: Investing in Children
    Published Date: 02/02/2014

  • Website Talking to pupils when they make mental health disclosures

    Guidance for teachers to help in initial conversations with pupils when they disclose mental health concerns.

    Publisher: PSHE Association
    Published Date: 15/01/2014

  • Website Bella and Anna talk about delivering CAMHS training and improving teacher attitudes

    In this short video, two members of the Cheshire and Wirral CAMHS Partnership participation group talk about their involvement in training mental health staff (Priority 4) and raising awareness of young people’s mental health needs among teachers.

    Publisher: MYAPT
    Published Date: 11/08/2013

  • Website Samaritans in schools

    This section of Samaritans' website contains links to resources that can be used by schools to support young people.

    Publisher: Samaritans
    Published Date: 05/04/2013

  • Website Making sense of mental health – understanding the mental health of children and young people with complex needs

    The National Association of Independent and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) and The University of Northampton have launched their new e-learning training for staff about the mental health of children and young people with complex needs. To find out more about this training, please contact Karen Rippon at krippon@nasschools.org.uk

    Publisher: Nat Assoc of Independent & Non-Maintained Spec Schools (NASS)
    Published Date: 08/10/2012

  • Website Reach for the stars: Feeling Good week

    This is a resource pack for schools that was produced by Surrey CAMHS for their annual Feeling Good week.

    Publisher: Surrey CAMHS
    Published Date: 18/06/2012

  • Website ADHD and you

    This online resource is aimed at people who have or who care for a person with ADHD.

    Publisher: Shire
    Published Date: 18/06/2012

  • Website Whole school emotional wellbeing

    This video demonstrates how emotional wellbeing is being promoted in inner city schools.

    Publisher: YoungMinds
    Published Date: 31/05/2012

  • Website The Well-being Zone

    This Children's Society website is aimed at children and young people. It provides resources which look at wellbeing, such as the Happy-ometer.

    Publisher: Children's Society
    Published Date: 22/02/2012

  • Website 'Sticks and Stones' schools resource packs

    These school resource packs are designed for use by teachers and contain a variety of useful information, lesson plans and materials to raise awareness of mental health and learning disability stigma for use in personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and citizenship lessons.

    Publisher: 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
    Published Date: 16/12/2011

  • Website YoungMinds in Schools

    This schools programme, which is funded by the DfE, aims to improve outcomes for children and young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties by providing a comprehensive suite of online learning resources for educational professionals along with a range of training courses related to mental health and wellbeing in schools.

    Publisher: YoungMinds
    Published Date: 10/11/2011

  • Website Heads and tales

    An education pack which aims to provide an active learning experience that challenges stigma towards mental health and to promote positive mental well-being. Includes 3 short films and exercise booklets. The pack cannot be downloaded online, but more information is available on the website.

    Publisher: The Phoenix
    Published Date: 25/10/2011

  • Website Media smart (website)

    A free 'media literacy' programme for 6-11 year olds, focused on advertising. Includes a teaching pack to help children understand how the media often alter images and the impact these have on self-esteem.

    Publisher: Home Office
    Published Date: 30/09/2011

  • Website School wellbeing (website)

    This website aims to be a one stop shop for staff in schools whose job it is to support wellbeing aspects of the school curriculum. The term ‘wellbeing’ spans a wide spectrum of themes. The site includes a library of resources, relevant for both curriculum and school leadership and management use in primary, secondary and special school settings. You can download lesson plans, schemes of work, policies, toolkits and downloadable training units to support school staff on their professional development pathway. The Emotional Health section has a range of resources including those from the Leeds City Council succesful Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS) project.

    Publisher: Healthy Schools and Well-being Service, Leeds City Council
    Published Date: 22/09/2011

  • Website The teen brain: still under construction

    This booklet describes changes in the brain that occur during the teenage years, and looks at the significance of this stage of development.

    Publisher: National Institute for Mental Health
    Published Date: 01/08/2011

  • Website OCD at school: a guide for teachers, parents and young people

    This project aims to provide support to young people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in secondary schools in the Greater London area during a period of two years. The website has sections providing guidance for young people, parents, and teachers.

    Publisher: OCD Action
    Published Date: 28/04/2011

  • Website How to get up and go when you're feeling low: top tips for feeling good

    The aim of this booklet is to help children and young people think about what helps them when they feel upset or stressed

    Publisher: CAMHS Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU)
    Published Date: 27/04/2011

  • Website Healthy Schools toolkit

    The Healthy Schools toolkit is designed to help schools to ‘plan, do and review’ health and wellbeing improvements for their children and young people and to identify and select activities and interventions effectively. This approach is designed to ensure schools put in place the most appropriate services and meet the needs of children and young people.

    Publisher: Department for Education (DfE)
    Published Date: 01/04/2011

  • Website I gotta feeling: top tips for feeling good

    This booklet lists some things that young people have found helped them feel better when they felt sad, stressed or angry and some things that help you feel good generally. This booklet is aimed at year 7 students.

    Publisher: CAMHS Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU)
    Published Date: 27/03/2011

  • Website The transition from primary to secondary school: how an understanding of mental health and emotional wellbeing can help children, schools and families: a training resource.

    This training resource helps schools think about why some children may be more vulnerable in facing transition and to support schools in developing ways of working that will allow all children to find a sense of belonging and engagement in school.

    Publisher: YoungMinds
    Published Date: 09/02/2011

  • Website Mental health matters for FE teachers toolkit

    Further Education (FE) teachers often express concern that they do not have the knowledge or expertise to meet the needs of learners who experience mental health difficulties. This resource, which has been supported and funded by the Learning and Skills Council as part of their commitment to the professional development of the FE workforce, aims to address that concern by providing materials that teacher educators, or those providing staff development opportunities, can use as part of the training of teachers.

    Publisher: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)
    Published Date: 27/01/2010

  • Website Healthy schools profiles for local areas

    Provides key current local data about children and young people’s health and wellbeing. This data can be used with the Healthy Schools toolkit, by schools working within the healthy schools planning phase. Using the profiles, you can see at a glance how your local area performs against key indicators for the outcomes: be healthy, stay safe, make a positive contribution, and achieving economic wellbeing. You can also compare the data with other (top level) local authorities and nationally.

    Publisher: Child and Maternal Health Observatory (ChiMat)
    Published Date: 09/09/2009

  • Website Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

    The CAF is a shared assessment and planning framework for use across all children's services and all local areas in England. It aims to help the early identification of children's additional needs and promote co-ordinated service provision to meet them.

    Publisher: Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC)
    Published Date: 03/07/2009

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Emotional well-being and mental health support for children and young people in schools (Rotherham toolkit)

    This resource is based on the Bristol Healthy Schools Toolkit. It aims to support schools to do the right thing at the right time to produce the best outcomes for children and young people with mental health difficulties. It is included here as an example of how to understand and document the range of agencies supporting children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing, and the possible referral routes available. The tool includes the original Rotherham information, which may become out of date over time.

    Publisher: Rotherham Healthy Schools
    Published Date: 31/01/2008

  • Microsoft Word Document Emotional well-being and mental health support for children and young people in schools (Bristol toolkit)

    The Bristol Healthy Schools toolkit supports schools to do the right thing at the right time to produce the best outcomes for children and young people with mental health difficulties. It is included here as an example of how to document the range of agencies supporting children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing and the possible referral routes available. This document includes the original Bristol information, which may become out of date over time.

    Publisher: National CAMHS Support Service (NCSS)
    Published Date: 18/10/2006

  • Microsoft Word Document Emotional well-being and mental health support for children and young people in schools (blank template)

    This document provides a blank version of the Bristol Healthy Schools toolkit and acts a template for schools to follow. The toolkit is included here as an example of how to document the range of agencies supporting children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing and the possible referral routes available.

    Publisher: National CAMHS Support Service (NCSS)
    Published Date: 18/10/2006


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