Emotional and Mental Health


Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools:

FREE OF CHARGE INSET Training sessions  to schools in Lancashire County Council area.  See this LEHSS flier for more information, and download this handy LEHSS Training Needs Form to plan your school's training requirements.


As part of the Government’s drive to address mental health issues in young people, mental health workers are being appointed by NHS trusts to support schools and provide training.

I attended a meeting and learned about the services being offered to schools in the Preston area in Lancashire. This is being replicated in all areas. As I get more contact information I will add it here.

This document (click here to download) has been created by the Preston CAMHS Team. There are 2 documents contained in this scanned copy. The first 2 pages relate to the Preston service, however the following pages contain a list of agencies and officers that provide support to specific as well as general groups and needs. Some apply only to the Preston area, others are national. A very useful list.  Check out you local CAMHS service for details of support offered in you area. 


Recent additions and revisions to this list: September 2018

Starfish Therapeutic Services

Debbie Lemmon is a qualified person centred counsellor and certified play therapist. Starfish Therapeutic Services covers Lancaster, Morecambe and surrounding areas. Services range from talking therapies to creative therapies including play therapy and coaching with parents.  See her new website for further information.

Debbie is also launching a new 5 week course 'Living with Anxiety' on Jan 2019. Contact her via her website for further information.

Therapeutic Family Interventions

Cath Hunter, is a therapeutic consultant, trainer, play therapist and supervisor with vast experience. Offering a range of services and strategies to support children, families and the staff who work with them to make positive changes in their lives.

This term she is running 'Understanding and meeting the needs of looked after and adopted children in school' course in Hebden Bridge (Fri 12 Oct 2018) and Manchester (Fri 9 Nov 2018).

Visit her website for further information about her services, courses and books that are also available to purchase

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 one of her newsletters (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.

On My Mind - is a new youth website (from Anna Freud) to help young people have more engagement in mental health support an give them a voice in the treatment they receive. More information about this site is provided in their Oct2018 newsletter.


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/

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.