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Mental Health and Wellbeing


Youth Mental Health First Aid – Two Day

This qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider, giving you an in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing, as well as practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues and confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress. This course covers common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide, psychosis and eating disorders.

Youth MHFA Champion – One Day

This one-day course gives you an understanding of common mental health issues and how they can affect young people. Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness and skills to support positive well-being.

Further information about the Mental Health First Aid training can be found here:

Suicide First Aid Training

The Education Department at Manchester Diocese has been promoting and delivering training on mental health and wellbeing for many years in our church and school communities. At the beginning of this year, the department increased its support by introducing three new training courses to help learners understand that suicide is preventable and to equip people with basic skills to help someone who might be experiencing thoughts of suicide. The courses are:

  • Suicide First Aid Lite (SFA Lite)
  • Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention (SFA USI)
  • Suicide First Aid: Children and Young People (SFA CYP)

The Education Department will be delivering the SFA Lite and SFA USI courses this term. For more information on the dates and venues for these courses, please scan the QR codes below.

If you would like more information or are interested in hosting any of these courses in your parish or school, please contact Susie Mapledoram at Alternatively, phone 07967 657587.


Mental Health & Wellbeing Support

A signposting document for those supporting young people to find access to further information, guidance and resources. Download here

Mental Health & Wellbeing Support for Young People

A resource for young people to find access to information and support for their emotional wellbeing. Download here

Schools Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy

The following example policy has been developed to support Diocesan schools in writing their own mental health and wellbeing policy. This example policy has been adapted from The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Policy Guidance, which is also referenced in the Church of England’s interim SIAMS guidance, Mental Health and Wellbeing: Towards a Whole School Approach in March 2018.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy example policy

SIAMS Guidance, Mental Health and Wellbeing: Towards a Whole School Approach

Anna Freud – Five Steps to Mental Health and Wellbeing

An evidence-based framework so that you can decide on your own approach to mental health and wellbeing in 5 simple steps. The 5 Steps Framework is developed by mental health experts and teachers, for teachers.

It's interactive, it's simple and it's free. It will help you to support staff, lead change, and engage with parents, carers and the community so that you can meet your pupils' and students' needs.

Find it here

RENEW: Mental Health and Wellbeing Resource

A collection of resources for schools to support pupil wellbeing returning to school after lockdown. This resource has been adapted for both primary and secondary schools and includes guidance on supporting pupil wellbeing, reflections on key wellbeing themes, collective worship plans, tutorial reflections, lesson plans and pastoral support resources.

Secondary resource: Download here

Primary resource: Download here

Supporting Children and Young People Navigating Loss

Resources, sessions and advice for support children and young people experiencing grief and loss. Download here

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