Education for children, parents/carers, professionals and the public

To promote the early recognition of child mental health problems, and to increase capacity and knowledge about children’s mental health, it is necessary to develop robust, local, cross-tier education programmes.

Information about stigma, its impact and the stigmatisation process should be included in all training courses available for the children’s workforce. This is also relevant for vocational, professional and post-graduate students.

Local services should also consider how children and parents/carers can be involved in the design, delivery and evaluation of education programmes. Such involvement would be beneficial in empowering them to challenge the negative impact of stigma.




Methods for successfully educating children, parents and professionals

‘Education’ described in this domain of the framework should include education for children, young people, parents/carers and professionals. It should raise awareness and promote understanding and empathy.

There are many examples of good training courses, however it is key that they include information about stigma, what it is, how stigma affects children and young people with mental health issues and how this can result in individuals not speaking out about their needs and not accessing the help and support they need.



Case study: Out of the Shadows DVD

The Out of the Shadows DVD which was developed in Northumberland looks at how mental health issues are perceived by society as a whole and how knowing the facts helps to break down the barriers that create stigma. In this film the children of Delaval Middle School demonstrate their understanding of stigma through discussion and role play. Key professionals provide an expert perspective and evidence base. Part two of the DVD features three young service users who tell their story about what it is like to live with mental health difficulties.

This DVD is aimed at young people between the ages of 7 and 18. It is part of a training pack that includes a lesson plan with interactive activities around what it means to be different and a graffiti wall for children to write about or draw how they would tackle stigma. The children are also given a Happy Booklet to keep. An evidence-based training workshop for school staff called Promoting Wellbeing in the Workplace is also being offered to schools across Northumberland. This one day training course raises the awareness of mental health and explores how everyday events in the workplace can have an impact on each individual’s mental health.

Learn more from the Northumberland pilot site



  • Adobe Acrobat Document Feeling good: promoting children's mental health

    A resource containing activities and worksheets designed to be used by schools or parents to promote positive mental health in their children and young people. This has been produced by Centre for Mental Health.

    Publisher: Sainsburys Centre for Mental Health
    Published Date: 01/03/2005

  • Adobe Acrobat Document U think resource for schools

    A simple guide for young people and teaching staff to find out about important issues relating to young people's well-being and mental health.

    Publisher: Rethink
    Published Date: 01/03/2009

  • Microsoft Word Document Children's Mental Health Week resource

    An overview of a Children's Mental Health Week campaign including tips and guidance on developing an awareness campaign.

    Publisher: Federation of Families of South Carolina
    Published Date: 03/05/2009

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Breaking prejudice

    An overview of tackling stigma campaigns outlining ‘what works’ in minimising the stigma associated with mental ill health. This information relates mainly to adult mental health. For more information about Rethink go to

    Publisher: Rethink
    Published Date: 01/05/2009

  • Adobe Acrobat Document Mad, bad or misunderstood? Interactive multimedia training for professionals working with children and young people

    A training manual that accompanies a training programme delivered in and around Liverpool. It aims to promote children and young people's mental health and raise awareness of policies consistent with a child-centred approach, emotional literacy and mental health promotion. It also signposts support services.

    Publisher: Liverpool Mental Health Awareness (LMHA)
    Published Date: 01/07/2009



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