Mental Health & Wellbeing

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Skillful Responses to Complex Mental Health Situations – A Masterclass

This in-depth and interactive Masterclass delivers evidence-based training which is specifically aimed at pastoral staff and nurses. By sharing the trainers’ extensive knowledge and personal experience, the day offers a unique opportunity to hone skills and build confidence when dealing with challenging mental health scenarios and mental health emergencies in school. The day is particularly suitable for those with some previous knowledge of mental health issues.
​Key learning objectives include:

  • Reducing staff anxiety about managing students’ mental health issues
  • Effective actions for complex mental health situations
  • Offering students immediate and safe help in a mental health emergency
  • Actions for lone workers – what to say and do
  • Using key assessment skills to spot risk and danger
  • Identifying your existing skill-set and knowledge in order to build on your expertise
  • Helping your students sustain well-being once a crisis has passed

Tackling Depression and Anxiety

Offering Confident, Competent and Effective Support to Students

With an estimated 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 10 boys showing signs of depression at the age of 14, and 25% of teenagers struggling with an anxiety disorder at some point, school staff need to react swiftly to identify and help those students in need. This interactive course, which highlights current research and best practice, builds colleagues’ knowledge, skills and confidence, enabling them to spot those students requiring help, and to offer targeted and timely interventions.
​Key learning objectives include:

  • Understanding risk factors and spotting warning signs amongst your students
  • Exploring issues of disclosure, confidentiality, referral thresholds and conflicts of interest
  • ​Managing students’ acute distress – what to do, and what NOT to do
  • Offering​ students ongoing help for depression and anxiety
  • Understanding the mental health issues faced by LGBTQ students​
  • Tried and tested 1:1 and group approaches to use with your students​

Essential Counselling and Communication Skills for Pastoral Staff

Supporting Student Wellbeing through Effective Pastoral Conversations

This interactive course allows participants to develop the skills and confidence required to ensure supportive and effective pastoral interactions with students in their care.
Key learning objectives include:

  • ​Understanding your role and where it fits in the wider pastoral support system
  • ​Identifying and honing your active listening skills
  • ​Using empowering questions to help students create their own solutions
  • ​Developing listening and responding skills for emotionally-challenging pastoral conversations
  • How to have supportive conversations with students experiencing common mental health issues
  • ​Reviewing your support networks and personal coping strategies

Resilience and Mindfulness Techniques

Children’s stress levels are at an all-time high, yet many pupils struggle to talk about their feelings, or find ways to calm down and feel safe. This course explores how resilience and mindfulness techniques can help children deal with stress and gives practical ideas that staff can use in whole-class settings, with groups and on a 1:1 basis.
Key learning objectives include:

  • Using resilience and mindfulness techniques to help pupils explore their feelings
  • Helping pupils to develop coping strategies and ways to manage stress
  • Dealing with the practicalities and avoiding common pitfalls
  • Encouraging pupils to become ‘present’
  • Helping pupils develop self-compassion and self-care strategies
  • Activities and creative tools to use with individuals, groups and whole classes

Eating Disorders in Children and Young People

Effective Approaches for Supporting Students


This course provides essential knowledge, skills and approaches for effectively supporting young people with eating disorders.
​Key learning objectives include:

  • ​Risk factors and current incidence
  • Key messages – current research and best practice
  • Managing disclosure and thresholds for specialist referral
  • Exploring issues of confidentiality and conflicts of interest
  • ​​Strategies for prevention and intervention
  • Developing resilient practice

Self Harm in Children and Young People

Effective Approaches for Supporting Students


This course provides essential knowledge, skills and approaches for effectively supporting young people who self harm.
​Key objectives include:

  • ​Risk factors and current incidence
  • Key messages – current research and best practice
  • Managing disclosure and thresholds for specialist referral
  • Exploring issues of confidentiality and conflicts of interest
  • ​​Strategies for prevention and intervention
  • Developing resilient practice

Navigating the Mental Health Minefield

An Essential Guide for Pastoral Staff Effective strategies, skills and techniques to support students in Years 11-13


Students are under huge pressure: exams, workload, relationships, hormones, planning for ‘the future’ – the heat is on from day one. Inevitably, a large number will require support for a mental health problem whilst in Years 11-13. This interactive course builds colleagues’ knowledge and confidence, enabling them to offer timely, appropriate and effective initial and ongoing mental health support to those students in need.


Key learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the current mental health landscape in Years 11-13
  • Spotting risk, identifying students in danger and managing initial disclosure
  • Offering students support for stress, anxiety, depression, identity crisis, self harm and suicidality
  • ​Managing issues of confidentiality and mental health referrals
  • ​Key skills, effective interventions and therapeutic techniques to help your students cope​​

Managing Digital Pressure

Pre-emptive Strategies for Improving Student Wellbeing

In a rapidly changing technological era, students are now facing wider sources of pressure than we’ve previously known. Whilst there are positives to social networking, evidence has also shown significant detrimental effects. These could include addiction, sleep, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and more. This course is designed to empower whole school staff to effectively support students from a position of authority and understanding.
Key learning objectives include:

  • Successfully developing student resilience, self-discipline & positive lifestyle habits
  • Preventing ‘screens’ from debilitating your students’ potential
  • Exploring social media & ‘screen’ addiction – raising awareness & promoting boundaries
  • Enabling students to manage their emotions amidst peer pressure and an ‘impulse’ culture
  • Increasing student confidence and self-esteem in the brave new selfie world
  • Resources for PSHE lessons/ assemblies AND engaging parents on this issue!

Essential Mental Health First Aid for Primary/ Prep School Staff

Identifying, Understanding and Managing Pupils’ Mental Health Needs


School staff are under increasing pressure from the government to react swiftly to identify and support pupils’ mental health needs. This interactive course aims to build colleagues’ knowledge and confidence, enabling them to offer effective initial and ongoing mental health First Aid to pupils in need.
​Key learning objectives include:

  • Delivering mental health First Aid for anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, friendship & separation issues, sleep problems, grief and low self-esteem
  • Knowing what to say and how to react…and what to avoid
  • Assembling a First Aid kit of age-appropriate interventions, therapeutic techniques and practical responses
  • Offering a mental health MOT to pupils

Building Resilience in Young People

Prevention, Early intervention and Risk Limitation

With almost half of all mental illness beginning at just age 14, schools are increasingly feeling the pressure to provide the right pastoral support. Mental ill-health presents itself in many forms and schools have a critical role to play in caring for their students, including recognising symptoms and acting swiftly. Very sadly suicide is a leading cause of death in young people, however there’s plenty that can be done to prevent situations from reaching crisis point. This practical, interactive and in-depth course and both trainers’ experience spans a wide age-range and with that in mind, the course can be tailored in an age-appropriate way and in response to your specific needs.
Key learning objectives include:

  • ​Developing effective models of care for pastoral and nursing teams
  • ​Providing early responses to help keep your students safe
  • Taking a pre-emptive strike before crisis hits
  • ​Clear take-away tips to help students manage their stress, anxiety and sadness
  • Successful strategies to build resilience and improve self-esteem
  • ​Limiting risk and exploring techniques for opening challenging conversations around self harm and suicide
  • ​Balancing the demands of the profession – self-care tips for yourself and your students

Mental Health Skills for Guardianship Teams

The Essential Toolkit

This packed workshop aims to build colleagues’ knowledge and confidence, enabling them to offer effective initial and ongoing mental health support to students in need.
Key learning objectives include:

  • Building an understanding of the causes of mental health issues
  • Spotting risk, identifying students in danger and managing initial disclosure
  • Offering students support for stress, anxiety, depression, identity crisis, self-harm and suicidality
  • Managing issues of confidentiality and mental health referrals
  • Key skills, effective interventions and therapeutic techniques to help your students cope

Therapeutic Listening Skills for Primary School Staff

Primary school staff are under pressure to support pupils who have an increasingly complex range of pastoral needs. To do this effectively, staff need to handle challenging conversations with pupils, and parents, in a sensitive, confident and professional manner.
This course enables staff to increase their competence in using therapeutic listening skills and, in turn, to deliver effective and safe emotional support to vulnerable children within their care.