Mental health training

Mental health training for school staff

We deliver training sessions for school staff, helping to enhance their skills to identify and support children and young people with mental health difficulties.

Why this is needed

The majority of lifetime mental health difficulties begin during school years.  School staff are ideally placed to identify changes in children and the signs of mental health difficulties developing; consequently they can play a vital role in early intervention and supporting children and families to access the care they need.

Yet research shows over 50% of teachers feel they have not received sufficient training to support children experiencing mental health difficulties (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, 2017).

How we help

Each year we provide mental health training for hundreds of staff in primary and secondary schools.  This training helps staff by:

  • Enhancing their understanding of common mental health issues
  • Providing practical strategies to support vulnerable pupils
  • Explaining how and when they should refer children to appropriate support services

“The training has been invaluable.  It has helped ensure staff are equipped to provide the best possible care for our most vulnerable pupils”

Tito Pereira, Headteacher, St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School, Ealing


Examples of training we offer include:

  • Mental Health Awareness & Promoting Positive Mental Health
  • Introduction to Attachment Theory: Informing classroom practice
  • Transition, separation and bereavement
  • Introduction to anxiety disorders in children and young people
  • Understanding and managing self-harm
  • Working with children who are hard to reach


If your school is interested in this service please contact us to discuss how we can help.