This page provides a summary of the websites associated with organisations and initiatives that aim to support better mental health and wellbeing for children and young people. Follow the links to explore their resources.
Offers a range of information and tools on why undertaking the measurement of the emotional wellbeing of pupils is valuable. It offers advice on what tools are available and how to use them. It is supported through the Anna Freud Centre, and offers free advice and guidance on how to implement measurement and the preparation that you need to take. The different tools and questionnaires are available. There is also an offer (at the cost of £300) to analyse the information that is generated through surveys that the school undertakes.
Represents a coalition of voluntary agencies and charities working in the area of children’s mental health.
Healthy London Partnership: Primary Care and Early Help Children and Young People’s Mental Health Compendium
Good practice examples of how primary care and early help enhances care for children and young people with mental health problems. It showcases models that professionals in London and across England feel were effective, innovative and supported by evaluation data where available.
There is a one-page summary of each model, including the type of service and contacts who can provide greater detail. All models, submitted via a survey, focus on integrated working across the local system, reducing fragmentation and gaps, facilitating easy access and clear pathways. UCL partners have also undertaken a literature review (available on the same page).
Supported through the Greater London Authority, Healthy Schools London is an award scheme for schools, which can be achieved at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Emotional wellbeing and mental health is one of the key elements in achieving the awards. The site gives further information on how to achieve the awards and a range of additional links to resources.
Gives further information about Mental Health First Aid Training. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support.
Individuals undertaking this ‘train the trainer’ programme will go on to lead an ongoing programme of youth MHFA Two Day training that can be delivered to anyone working with children and young people between the ages of 8-16 years, including teachers, public and third sector staff as well as parents and carers. The Instructor Training programme takes place over seven days and is usually spread out over six weeks. This allows learners to become familiar with the material and reflect on their learning.
**Further information on the roll out of Mental Health First Aid Training in Schools commissioned by the Department of Health is available at –link to training section**
This site offers a wide range of online training on issues of mental health and emotional wellbeing. The training is broken down into modules. The courses are primarily undertaken on an individual basis online. A Certificate is awarded on completion of each module. This is a free educational resource for professionals. There is also a section that is available for use by parents and carers, offering learning courses to understand the difficulties that their child is experiencing and how best to help.
Contains a wide range of information and leaflets on specific issues. The leaflets and factsheets can be downloaded or ordered in bulk. They also offer links to further information and reading on each of the many topics. A really useful website to get information on a wide range of issues from a trusted professional resource. The leaflets are appropriate for teachers and for young people and parents. Examples include:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Dealing with bereavement
- Self harm
A free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools. It is supported and coordinated by the Anna Freud Centre. All schools are invited to join the Network and this gives a range of information as well as invitations to training events and seminars for staff. The network provides a trusted source of up-to-date and accessible information and resources that school leaders, teachers and support staff can use to support the mental health and wellbeing of the children and young people in their care. The site offers:
- A very wide range of written materials that are available for download.
- It also offers informative videos by leading professionals working within Child Mental Health.
- Information on research and development and how to get involved with this in some cases
- Training Events
- Information on new developments being undertaken through the Anna Freud Centre
A charity that is ‘fighting for children and young people’s mental health.’ The organisation prides itself on representing the views of young people and has a record of undertaking and supporting participation programmes and events to ensure that these views are heard and understood. The website provides information on the work that Young Minds undertakes. It provides information on training courses that Young Minds offers. **Young Minds have undertaken a consultation exercise with young people in London in support of the Mental Health in Schools Project and the report is provided here**
We have a list of useful websites for primary care professionals, many of these links are relevant to you and your colleagues.
Healthy London Partnership has launched guidelines – in partnership with Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity – for educational professionals about helping children and young people with eating disorders to seek treatment. These guidelines are being dispatched to schools and colleges across London to increase knowledge and understanding and to put a stop to myths.
Eating disorders are serious and complex mental health conditions that can have many underlying causes which tend to manifest during adolescence. There are many common eating disorders and it is vital that children and young people and their families and carers can access high-quality care and support as soon as possible, if an eating disorder if suspected. This can improve recovery rates, lead to fewer relapses and reduce the need for inpatient admissions, so it is important to recognise the symptoms early.
The eating disorders guidelines share advice about spotting the signs of eating disorders and when to refer children and young people (CYP) to the community eating disorders service (CEDS) for specialist support.
Dr Ann York, Clinical Advisor for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, Healthy London Partnership, said:
“We are delighted to publish these guidelines for those professionals working in schools and colleges. Educational professionals needed simple guidance on identifying and knowing what to do if they were worried a child or young person might have an eating disorder. Having generally been unaware of their local Community Eating Disorder Service (CEDS) and directing people to their local CAMHS, we are pleased to be able to share these guidelines and ultimately help young people and their families. The key message is, if an education professional suspects a child or young person has an eating disorder, they should be referred immediately to their local CYP CEDS, to access the treatment they deserve.”
Emma Murray, Head Teacher, Seven Sisters Primary School and Centre, said:
“A very easy to read, visual guideline that supports educationalists in spotting the early signs of eating disorders. Teachers are in a very unique situation whereby they can spot the signs early as they see children regularly. These guidelines will assist us in knowing what to look for, in knowing what to say and most importantly knowing where to get support.”
Andrew Radford, Chief Executive of Beat, said:
“The Healthy London Partnership is making a significant difference to the future health of the thousands of children and young people across London who are struggling with the early stages of an eating disorder. These guidelines will amplify the training Beat is providing to London’s teachers as together we seek to ensure that young people start treatment as quickly as possible, so that they get better faster and stay well longer.”
The guidelines also include the Beat ‘Eating Disorders – Know the first signs’ resource, and information about Beat support services.
Download our eating disorders advice educational professionals.