We have teamed up with trusted mental health charity Mind to provide free one-to-one online mental health support for young people aged 11 and up.

Signing up to the Schools and Colleges Early Support Service means that schools or colleges can refer students who are experiencing mild to moderate anxiety or low mood for online sessions.  These sessions are delivered online by trained practitioners.

The service also includes wellbeing support for education staff and parents and carers, as well as free training for staff on how to run a peer support programme with students.

The service will:

  • provide direct mental health support to young people, parents/carers and school staff to improve wellbeing and reduce the escalation of mental ill health
  • provide peer support, training and ongoing support to teaching assistants, teachers, school leaders and other allied practitioners
  • work alongside existing provision to ensure young people get the right support at the right time
  • be responsive and flexible to the needs of young people, offering equitable access and outcomes for all.

How to apply

The Schools and Colleges Early Support Service is currently closed for recruitment.

About the partnership

The Anna Freud Centre and Mind are two of the most expansive and ground-breaking mental health charities operating in the UK, reaching millions every year.

For decades we have led change across the mental health sector and now, in the wake of the pandemic, we are combining our resources and expertise to support the wellbeing of secondary school communities through the Schools and Colleges Early Support service.

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