'Raising awareness and supporting mental health in secondary schools' is a full day course underpinned by the Centre’s longstanding experience of working within schools and colleges to support pupil, parent/carer and staff mental health. This training is aimed at raising awareness, providing support to identify the early signs of specific mental health illness and the development of a common language when discussing mental health. This training provides a practical framework, alongside key actions and materials that aim to support secondary school staff in championing mental health and wellbeing across the whole school community. The training is grounded in a rigorous evidence base.

Who is it for?

Our training modules are suitable for anyone working with children and young people in a primary school and could include:

    • Teachers and staff in schools and colleges
    • SEN/Designated Mental Health Leads
    • Learning mentors
    • PSHE leads

This training is a mental health awareness training and, therefore, may not be suitable for members of SLT or Senior Mental Health leads who already have a good knowledge around mental health. We are able to offer more bespoke and suitable training. For further information on our training offer for Senior Leadership please contact:

What are the benefits to me and my school?

During this full day course, you will:

  • Reflect on the factors that influence young people’s mental health
  • Understand the current evidence base around the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health and wellbeing
  • Identify and explore the Five Steps Framework in depth, which highlights the factors that are important to consider when developing and embedding a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing
  • Learn practical tips and tools for promoting mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools, including how to talk to pupils about their mental health
  • Understand the signs of common mental health presentations including anxiety, low mood and self harm and when to refer for specialist support
  • Learn more about signposting to trusted mental health and wellbeing resources and sources of support

All of our training modules can be tailored to meet your exact needs and are suitable for any staff member working with children and young people in a school, college or community setting. 


What will the in-school course look like?

The in-school course can last between 2 to 5 hours, depending on the specific needs of your group and the variety of subjects you'd like the trainers to include. 

The bespoke course will be delivered as a live online workshop to up to 30 attendees.

Book a bespoke consultation and in-depth discussion on developing a whole school approach to mental health and well-being with one of our experts. Our training team can work alongside school Leadership teams to design and deliver bespoke training specific to your school community.

We can offer tailored live workshops with discussion and group activities for upskilling staff, developing awareness, and sharing best practice within your setting. This could include:

  • One off twilight sessions
  • Multiple sessions ran over a course of a term or half term
  • Sessions for multiple schools or academy trusts
How do I bring this course to my school?

If you'd like to book this course for your education setting, please make an enquiry here.

"Very useful and gave opportunity to reflect on students at school who may need the support once we go back. Understanding of how loss can be interpreted and felt in different ways." - Managing unexpected change attendee

"I recommend Anna Freud Centre training as it helped me better understand the mental health and wellbeing needs of my pupils." - MHAT attendee


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