About this event

There is increasing recognition of schools as a crucial site for prevention and early intervention to promote wellbeing and prevent mental health problems from developing. Finding the right approaches to supporting young people through schools and ensuring this is situated in a wider context of support is sometimes challenging.

This digital event will provide an insight into what we have learned from HeadStart about supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing in school settings. HeadStart partnerships have spent the last five years testing and learning from a range of school-based approaches to supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The session will bring together valuable learning from research carried out as part of the national evaluation of HeadStart with the on-the-ground experience of those delivering HeadStart support.

Speakers include Professor Neil Humphrey from the University of Manchester and colleagues from HeadStart Kent and HeadStart Blackpool. Our keynote speaker is Matthew Hopkinson (Department for Education).

Our learning from HeadStart will be presented in practical steps. Attendees are encouraged to consider those elements of the learning most relevant to their role, education setting or local context and, in turn, use it to influence local systems and to inform their own practice.

All attendees are invited to take part in further engagement and learning with The National Lottery Community Fund and the HeadStart partnerships in the 6-8 months following this session. This includes a follow-up discussion session on 17th November 2021 and the potential for one-to-one engagement with key staff members at the HeadStart partnerships. If you would like to opt-in we will share your name and email address with The National Lottery Community Fund so that you can be sent an invite the follow-up discussion on 17th November and kept informed about additional opportunities to engage with the learning from HeadStart. (You will be given the opportunity to opt-in to this on the last page of registration. View The National Lottery Community Fund’s privacy notice.)

About HeadStart

Started in 2016, HeadStart is a six-year, £67.4 million National Lottery funded programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. HeadStart aims to explore and test new ways to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children aged 10 to 16 and prevent serious mental health issues from developing. To do this, six local authority-led HeadStart partnerships are working with local children, schools, families, charities, community and public services to design and try out new interventions that will make a difference to children’s mental health, wellbeing and resilience.

The full programme will be published shortly.

Who is this event suitable for?

This event is suitable for school leaders and wellbeing leads, Mental health Support Team leads, school improvement teams, commissioners, policy makers, local authority staff, mental health practitioners and service managers, researchers.

Aims of the event
  • Hear key insights about supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing from the delivery and evaluation of HeadStart.
  • Take away some practical steps to inform thinking and practice.
  • Join in the ongoing engagement with HeadStart and the learning emerging from the HeadStart programme.
System requirements for online event

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this event. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

10th November 2021
  • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 2 hours
  • 16:30 - 18:30 (UK Time)



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