The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has been commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care to offer a comprehensive free Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT). MHAT is underpinned by the Centre’s longstanding experience of working within schools to support pupil, parent/carer and staff mental health. This one-day training grounded on a rigorous evidence base and will take place across England in over 130 locations over the next 6 months (September 2019 – March 2020). To find out whether your secondary school or sixth form college is eligible and to register to attend a free training, please visit the website.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families have produced a series of helpful wellbeing guides for schools.
Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools. This booklet is aimed at all schools and provides advise on topics including anxiety, low mood and self-harm.
Supporting mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools. This booklet is for secondary schools and provides guidance around issues including exam stress, substance mis-use and eating disorders.
Supporting staff wellbeing in schools. This booklet aims to offer practical guidance about what school staff and senior leaders can do to support their own and their colleagues’ wellbeing.
Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools: Engaging with parents and carers. This booklet was developed by teachers, clinicians and parents and carers and explores a range of innovative ways that schools are successfully engaging with parents and carers.
Is social media damaging the mental health of young people? The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has produced this leaflet looking behind the headlines. The Trust also has more freely available resources to download or to order here.
YoungMinds Professionals offers a toolbox of training and consultancy services for schools and other front line services in the children’s mental health system.
MindEd is a free learning resource which provides information about the mental health of children, young people and older adults.
Papyrus is a national charity for the prevention of young suicide. They deliver awareness and prevention training, provide confidential support and empower young people to lead suicide prevention activities in their own communities.
This resource provides a range of information to support those who have been bereaved by suicide.
The project is aimed at young people who are self harming or at risk of self harming, their parents and the professionals working with them. As part of No Harm Done, a series of resource packs were created for young people, parents and professionals. To access the resource pack for parents please click here.
The NSPCC helpline provides help and support to thousands of parents, professionals and families.
Identifying as LGBTQ+ can be incredibly isolating both for the person and family who support them.
Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity.
Stonewall’s mission is to empower all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to campaign for equality and fair treatment for LGBTQ people, and against discrimination.
Whether you are an online expert or you’re not sure where to start, the NSPCC’s tools and advice will help you keep your child safe. Whether you want to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks, experts from the free O2 and NSPCC helpline are available to help: 0808 800 5002.
Thinkuknow is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command to keep children and young people safe.
This resource provides advice for parents about responding to their children viewing upsetting online content. This includes advice about blocking content and details of other sources of information and support for children and parents.
If you are an autistic person, or know an autistic person who wants to help people around them understand what their normal is, this tool can help.
The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people and their families. They provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people.
Research has found that 40 to 80 percent of people on the autism spectrum struggle to sleep. This guide includes more than 90 tips to help your family get more restful sleep.
Sensory integration is about how our brain receives and processes sensory information so that we can do the things we need to do in out everyday life.
The regional young people’s group, Stairways with help from Calderdale Tough Times Reference Group has produced a short video to help spread some positive messages at what can be a stressful time for some young people.
An emotionally healthy approach to GCSEs, a guide for parents.
Exam time can be very stressful for everyone in the family as your teen may be feeling anxious and under pressure.
Tests and exams can be a challenging part of school life for children and young people and their parents or carers. But there are ways to ease the stress.
Transition from Primary to Secondary School is a huge milestone for children and their families. The resources below offer advice and support with this stage of your child’s life.
Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life.
This resource helps parents to help their children understand the importance of getting organised and getting into a routine. It also helps parents when wanting to help their child with homework and to understand the importance of feedback.
Oxford Owl is an award-winning website from Oxford University Press created to support children’s learning both at home and at school. For tips on helping children transition and settle into year 7 click here.