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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

School Health Mental Health Offer 2023-2024 - SIGN UP NOW CLOSED

25th September 2023

1.5 hours


This event is aimed at all schools that are currently engaging in the Healthy Schools’ Programme and any external agencies and partners that we work with. This event will introduce our new programmes...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

Supporting Children and Young People with Anxiety (1) *POSTPONED*

26th September 2023

1pm - 3pm (2 Hours) - Universal


Booking Closed

This training has been postponed. Please write to zain.iqbal2@mft.nhs.uk if you wish to be added to the training and to be sent information about the rescheduled date. Anxiety can be a difficult topic...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

School Avoidance Awareness

5th October 2023

2 hours


This training introduces the topic of school avoidance, explores potential risk factors and the importance of a whole-school approach. We will explore ESBA across our Manchester Schools and the curren...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

School Avoidance prevention and intervention

12th October 2023

2 hours


This session provides strategies and tips to help education staff tackle the issue, including case studies and what works. We will look at how schools can implement the M-thrive approach to providing...
Mental Health and Wellbeing

Engaging with Parents and Carers about Mental Health (1)

18th October 2023

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

Senior Mental Health Leads Network - 1

1st November 2023

1pm - 3pm (2 Hours)


The network aims to share updates in the Mental Health area locally and nationally. Updates will be shared from a variety of Mental Health organisations offering their services, an outline of new prov...


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I would just like to say thank you for running the competition and giving our students a real sense of success & pride of what they have personally, the school and the community have achieved through the Covid pandemic. 

Big Health Challenge 2021

I cannot tell you how useful your call and your information via email has been - thank you! I will use this to help my dialogue with this parent and also as part of further staff development.

Thank you!! 

PSHE Communication


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