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Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health problems in young people can result in lower educational attainment and are strongly associated with behaviours that pose a risk to their health.

By supporting pupils to develop key skills associated with resilience and providing them with strategies to recognise early signs of distress, we believe that in many cases it is possible to prevent the need for more intensive therapeutic care.

More than 1 in 10 children and young people now suffer from a common mental health problem (YoungMinds,2017). Manchester Healthy Schools is committed to supporting schools to develop early intervention and prevention strategies in order to develop the resilience and coping skills of children and young people.

Training & Events

The Manchester Healthy Schools team is committed to providing training for schools in order to raise awareness about mental health and to equip staff with the skills required to be able to identify the early signs of mental stress and how to support a pupil in need.

Training has been developed to increase the confidence of staff in providing strategies to support a child in school. Training will also help staff to know how and when to access additional support from the community and other mental health services, including CAMHS. 

Our universal training is available for all schools that have completed the Health Check.

Schools that have prioritised Mental health and Wellbeing this year will have access to a wider selection of ‘in-house’ training and support to ensure that they are able to make significant progress in this area.

Please find a full list of training available to support Mental Health and Wellbeing below.

For more information please contact zain.iqbal2@mft.nhs.uk

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Engaging with parents/carers who have learning disabilities

11th December 2023

2.5 hours


This session aims to raise awareness of the needs and vulnerabilities that parents may have that can significantly impact their parenting as well as their overall health and wellbeing. The sessions wi...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

Emotionally Based School Avoidance Micro-Developmemt Session - Assessing and devising support plans

13th December 2023

1 hour


This training follows on form the initial training session and is the first of the follow up micro-development sessions. The session will explore the resources for early intervention of EBSA and how t...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

Supporting Children and Young People with Anxiety (2)

10th January 2024

1pm - 3pm (2 Hours) - Universal


Anxiety can be a difficult topic to navigate, and we understand the pressures and demands placed upon teaching and pastoral staff to effectively support young people experiencing anxiety.The training...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

Exam stress awareness and strategies for tackling exam pressure and stress

24th January 2024

2.5 hours


This training will raise awareness of exam stress, what it is, how it is caused and how it can be prevented. We will also explore students who are in the grip of perfectionistic thinking. Staff will r...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

Engaging with Parents and Carers about Mental Health (2)

30th January 2024

1pm - 2:30pm (1.5 Hours) - Universal


The most crucial support a young person can receive is that provided to them by their parents or primary care giver. Strong, healthy and empathetic relationships are a cornerstone of good mental healt...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

Supporting the social, emotional and mental health of children and young people with SEND

14th February 2024

2.5 hours


This training provides awareness of the common mental health problems experienced by children and young people and how to spot specific signs of poor mental health amongst children and young adults wi...


We offer bespoke training courses. Please contact us for more information


HUGE thanks for the training tonight. You tackled some difficult subjects, thank you. The subjects need to be spoken about more, so high fives for doing it with such sensitivity. 

Staff Wellbeing Workshop

Thank you once again to you both for a meaningful session. It created lots of discussion and allow staff to talk openly about mental health which can only be a good thing! 

Thank you!

Staff Wellbeing Workshop


A range of resources have been developed to enable schools greater support around the area of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

We provide a range of resources for staff, pupils and their families to gain a greater understanding about mental health, risk factors and strategies that can be used to develop resiliency.

Links to resources from other organisations have also been provided if we think these will be useful for you.

If you are a school engaged with us we suggest that you log in prior to viewing resources so these can be recorded in your school dashboard.

If you are struggling to find resources around a related topic area, please do get in touch to let us know: zain.iqbal2@mft.nhs.uk