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Let's talk about anxiety

We have just launched our new 'Let's talk about anxiety' animation and accompanying resources for school staff.

The animation and resources help students aged 11 to 13 to normalise, understanding and manage anxious feelings.

Find out more

At Anna Freud, our vision is a world where all children and young people are able to achieve their full potential.

A world in which they and their families get support that is designed with their input, available at the right time, and meets their needs, so that they can develop their emotional and mental health.

Our resources

  • For under fives

    We have a selection of resources for early years wellbeing including working with babies & young children on digital platforms, coronavirus support, and a 'Bonding with baby' podcast.

  • School and college resources

    Browse our free mental health resources for those working in primary, secondary and FE settings.

  • For children and young people

    Our children and young people's wellbeing resources aim to empower young people to make informed choices about their mental health & wellbeing. These pages have been co-produced by young...

Ongoing research projects

  • The HeadStart Learning Programme

    HeadStart enables young people to thrive by building their resilience and by providing mental health and wellbeing support at home, in the community or at school.

  • Education for Wellbeing

    Funded by the Department for Education, Education for Wellbeing is England's largest research trial of school-based mental health interventions.

  • The Reflective Fostering Study

    The main goal of the Reflective Fostering Study is to learn if the Reflective Fostering Programme assists in improving the emotional wellbeing of children in care aged 4–13.

Anna Freud Crisis Messenger

The Anna Freud Crisis Messenger text service is a free, confidential, 24/7 text message support service for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed or is struggling to cope. Their service is staffed by trained volunteers who will work with you to take your next steps towards feeling better.

If you need support, you can text AFC to 85258.


Become our Partner

Collaborations and partnerships are crucial to our research. Our research units and collaborative projects pool expertise around particular priorities or areas of work.

We collaborate with academic institutions to carry out research and we partner with national and international organisations committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and families to maximise our impact.

New training courses

  • Senior mental health lead training

    An online training course for senior mental health leads, helping you develop a sustainable whole-school approach to mental health.

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training (IPT)

    This six-day course provides introductory training for practitioners in IPT and reflects the IPT competency framework.

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Reflective Parenting

    Reflective Parenting is a model of parenting which focuses on the application of theoretical ideas from mentalization, attachment theory and reflective functioning in promoting positive ...


Become a Champion

Our Champions volunteer their time, experience and expertise to contribute to our projects and services, all of which are focused on improving the wellbeing and mental health of children, young people and families.

This can involve things like: supporting us to review our resources, sharing parents'/carer's perspective as part of our training days for mental health professionals, helping out at events and much more.

Sign up to our newsletter

Anna Freud's newsletter provides updates of the latest news, research, events and fundraising activities.

Upcoming events

  • CORC Forum 2023

    The annual CORC Forum brings together members and colleagues from the research, mental health and education sectors. 

  • Mentalization-Based Treatment for Families (MBT-F)

    Focuses on the application of mentalizing ideas in work with families to enhance communication and minimise misunderstandings leading to stressful interactions and controlling behaviours...

  • Traumatic bereavement: working therapeutically with children and young people

    A course designed to help bereaved children and young people copy with their trauma.

Our strategic partnerships