Emotional and Mental Health

Recent additions to this list:

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools Conference

Manchester 22 November 2018. A flagship event organised by Optimus Education.

Following the DfE’s green paper on transforming mental health provision for children and young people, this year’s conference will hold sessions on understanding and implementing its recommendations, specifically the proposed new role of a designated mental health lead in school.

In addition, this year’s packed programme includes keynotes and streamed sessions on:

  • Anxiety and depression – practical strategies for dealing with cases in both Primary and Secondary settings
  • Parents and families – equip parents with the skills to provide appropriate support at home
  • Parents mental health – supporting children whose parents struggle with mental health issues
  • Online and media – social media, cyberbullying, and challenging pupils’ misconceptions of body image
  • Staff training – fresh and engaging methods of mental health training.

Click the title above to find the full programme and to book your place. Early-bird rates are available for a limited time.

ADHD Foundation National Annual Conference

"ADHD in 2018. Neurodiversity and Mental Health"  at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool; 8-9th November 2018

Bursary places are available to teachers, clinicians and nurses with an interest in ADHD at the cost of £120 per day.

For booking information, go to www.adhdfoundation.org.uk and click on “Book Now” on the Home page and fill in the booking form.

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Anna Freud. National Centre for Children and Families

They work to improve the lives of children and young people with mental health problems, by providing specialist help, training and innovative research. A very useful website and a regular newsletter for you to subscribe to.

Here's a link to a recent newsletter (Oct2017) which contains information regarding a new Teacher Toolkit with assembly and lesson plans to encourage children to talk about mental health and to listen to friends who wnat to share their problems.


Training offered for Attachment Disorders, Autism in Education, Improving eductional outcomes for looked after children, NLP, and Childhood Behaviour.  1-2-1 bespoke support packages for pupils in schools also available.  Contact Jude Harrison-Smith via the Educla website.

Lancashire Transformation Programme

Works with children and young people is a five year programme to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the region and give them the best start in life.

Read more about it via these following links:

Mentally Healthy Schools

Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Their aim is to increase staff awareness, knowledge and confidence to help you support your pupils.

Mindful Behaviour

Diane Sheron of Mindful Behaviour offers mindfulness courses for pupils age 7-11 to help improve concentration and give them coping tools to help in times of stress.  She also offers individual support for children aged 4-11 who have difficulties of an emotional, social and behavioural nature.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. her for further information.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing in Schools

Are you interested in developing a mindfull culture in your school?  Helen Parkinson is offering a Mindfulness for Wellbeing course which is delivered on site to a school or cluster either as 8 x 90 minute twilights or 4 longer sessions every 2 weeks eg afternoons. Helen is a former SEND Advisory Teacher with extensive experiene in primary & secondary schools.  For further information download this information sheet and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAC: Positive Action in the Community

A service across Lancashire offering general mental health awareness courses: Younth Mental Health First Aid Training, Safetalk and ASIST taining funded by LCC-Public Health for anyone living in Lancashire. Lots of dates for training across various locations in the county. Visit their website for further information: http://www.p-a-c.org.uk/projects/training/

Starfish Therapeutic Services

Debbie Lemmon is a qualified person centred counsellor and certified play therapist. She has launched Starfish Therapeutic Services covering Lancaster, Morecambe and surrounding areas. Services range from talking therapies to creative therapies including play therapy and coaching with parents.  See further information attached here or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Play to Connect from Starfish Therapeutic Services is a 10 week course for parents and carers focusing in building and strengthening relationship through learning about attachment and non-directive play skills alongside other parents and carer.

Therapeutic Family Interventions

Therapeutic Family Interventions is lead by Cath Hunter offers a variety of successful and innovative services designed to support the emotional health, wellbeing and behavioural challenges of children in schools. This is achieved by group and individual work with children, parents and staff.

Here's a list of training programmes which can be delivered during staff training or as part of a training day. 

Vist the website for further information about this service and books that are also available to purchase.

Young Minds: 360° Schools

One-stop shop for mental health, wellbeing and resilience for the whole school.  Young Minds supports whole school improvement; they supports professionals, and they support pupils, parents and the wider school community.