Schools & Colleges
With limited resource and lots of different courses available it can be difficult to know which training to take up. As a starting point it is ideal for all staff to have a good basic understanding of mental health – understanding their own wellbeing as well as being able to spot the signs of problems in their students. Once all staff have this level of knowledge and understanding there are opportunities to expand this through attending more in depth courses.
Certain members of staff will particularly benefit from more training, such as those working in pastoral roles, although it is important that by training a few individuals that there isn’t too much of a reliance on them.
There is a range of training avaialble, some of which is funded. Training includes:
MindEd (Free) - Online training for families and those working with children and young people. There are e-learning opporutnities across a range of mental health topics. https://www.minded.org.uk/
Project for Schools (Peterborough only) - Offer mental health training sessions for primary schools (contact 01733 777939 or
email@example.com for more information).
Youth Mental Health First Aid - Every secondary school in England is entitled to one free place on a Youth MHFA One Day course through the Youth MHFA in Schools programme.
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust Learning & Development (there is a charge for some of this training)- Supports schools/colleges to look for practical ways to promote emotional resilience among pupils, utilising a whole school approach to mental health. A range of training is on offer from introductory courses to more in-depth training.
CAMH online training Flier
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Training is tailored to the school's needs and can be delivered to staff, pupils or parents. There is also a train-the-trainer option available.
CHUMS (Free) - The early intervention training programme for schools is available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, providing training for mental health leads. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
A range of other training is available locally for schools, local providers include Centre 33 and YMCA Trinity. There may be a cost for this training.
Young Minds offer training on a range of subjects from anxiety to social media.
The Anti Bullying Alliance offers FREE CPD training for teachers and school staff , it also has a range of resources on tackling the subject of bullying.
Zero Suicide Alliance has some really powerful training developed by Mersyside NHS around having conversations about suicide and preventing it, if you come across a situation.
Possible training opportunities can be found here
Mental Health training for Schools
The Anna Freud Centre has been commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to offer free face-to-face Mental Health Awareness Training for secondary schools. This one-day training will be freely available to those secondary schools who have not yet received Mental Health First Aid Training in 2017 - 2018. The training will be available for up to two members of staff from each eligible secondary school. The training will take place across England in over 100 locations between September 2019 – March 2020.
Please follow this link: https://www.annafreud.org/media/9631/eligible-schools-branded-document.pdf to see the list of schools are eligible to attend. Schools will need to access the training by emailing MHAT@annafreud.org