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Schools and Colleges Early Support Service

Sign up to refer your students for fast online mental health support – delivered by experts and backed by our 70+ years of mental health research.

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Save up to 40% on expert support for your school or college

Book a call with our team to lock in discounted rates on evidence-based support for your whole school or college next academic year. 

After using the service...

  • 71% of young people reported reduced anxiety and depression

  • 90% of parents and carers reported gaining useful skills and knowledge

  • 89% of staff found support sessions helpful

Easy-access support for whole school or college wellbeing

Our service connects your students with DBS checked expert practitioners for timely help with low mood and anxiety.  

Using evidence-based approaches informed by our clinical expertise, we support your students to take care of their mental health and achieve their potential. 

Book a call to find out more, get a quote and sign up for the next academic year. 

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What's included

This service is a whole-school approach to mental health – supporting students and the adults around them to build long-term wellbeing in your school or college.

Support for young people

Finding solutions and strategies to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

  • ages 11-25: 6-8 therapeutic sessions

  • ages 16-25: one-off consultations

  • on-demand support webinars

Support for school and college staff

Building your team’s ability to support their own and their students’ wellbeing.

  • up to two individual consultations per term

  • on-demand support webinars

Support for parents and carers

Developing the skills and knowledge to nurture mental wellbeing at home.

  • one-off consultations

  • live and on-demand support webinars


Early support makes a big difference

Supporting students with mild-to-moderate mental health problems: prevents mental ill health escalating, improves your school or colleges' performance and helps all your students achieve their potential.

The impact of our service

  • On students

    “I feel great now. I can’t see myself going back to the place where I started, but if I do, I feel confident that I know what to do, who to speak with [...] and how to access support if I need it.”

  • On parents and carers

    “Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have given my son so many positive strategies that he can use throughout his life. I felt like I had lost my boy and it made me feel so helpless. You have [...] given him his life back and bought him back to me. I am forever grateful”.

  • On staff

    “It has particularly helped some pupils who find it difficult to communicate on a face-to-face basis and are quiet and reserved in this context. [...] they have come away with a toolbox of strategies that work for them moving forwards.”


Why Anna Freud

Over 70 years of mental health expertise

We translate pioneering mental health research into evidence-based support that works.

Our focus is on prevention and early intervention – delivering the right support at the right time so children and young people develop good mental health and achieve their potential.

Sign up to benefit from our decades of experience developing and delivering mental health care – grounded in science and guided by young voices.

Get a quote

Book a call with our team to discuss your needs and how we can help you create a mentally healthy school or college.

Discounted rates are available for the first 50 schools or colleges to sign up for the 2024-2025 academic year. Spaces on the service are limited to ensure quality - book your call today for best availability.

Help and guidance for young people

We can only accept direct referrals from young people whose schools and colleges are signed up to this programme. 

If you are a young person and you need urgent support, use the Anna Freud Crisis Messenger service to receive support from a trained volunteer.

For more information and options for advice, treatment and support, visit our resources for children and young people.