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Mental Health Awareness Training

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have been commissioned to offer a comprehensive free Mental Health Awareness Training, centered around a one-day face-to-face training.  

We are delighted to have been commissioned to deliver the third and final year of this Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) training programme. This one-day training will be freely available to those schools who:

  • have not yet received Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training in 2017 – 2018 and
  • are a mainstream secondary school, sixth form college, Pupil Referral Unit or a Free School

Who is the training for?

The training will be available for up to two members of staff from over 1900 eligible schools and colleges. View the directory of eligible secondary schools.  

The first two years of the three year programme were delivered by Mental Health First Aid England (2017 - 2018). The training being delivered is different to MHFA.  

When will the training take place? 

The training will take place across England in over 100 locations between 1st September 2019 - 31st March 2020. October 2019 training locations include Cambridge, Leeds, Oxford, London, Birmingham, Blackburn. York and Canterbury.

View the MHAT Training Schedule 

What will the Mental Health Awareness Training offer?

This one-day Mental Health Awareness Training for secondary schools is underpinned by the Centre's longstanding experience of working within schools to support pupil, parent/carer and staff mental health. The training is grounded on a rigorous evidence base and will take place across England in over 130 locations over the next 6 months. It covers: 

  • What the evidence tells us about mental health difficulties in schools
  • Spotting the early signs of a mental health problem
  • Positive approaches to promoting mental health and wellbeing in the whole school community

How do I book a place?

If your school or college is listed on the directory, please email with the dates of the training you would like to attend.