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 wellbeing.

Youth Mental Health Aware – Half Day

This introductory four-hour session provides an understanding of some of the common mental health issues affecting young people and skills to support young people and relate to their experience.

Mental Health & Wellbeing School CPD

This pre-recorded 40-minute CPD session is suitable for both primary and secondary school staff and provides a foundational understanding of supporting pupil wellbeing within schools. This training session covers: definitions of mental health and wellbeing, risk and protective factors, recognising signs of poor wellbeing, and guidance on providing support for pupils.

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

Please contact Susie Mapledoram for information regarding these training options.



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




We are really pleased to be able to offer four Youth Mental Health First Aid Online courses for the autumn term. Helping to respond to low mental health is something that we can all be part of and this comprehensive course equips delegates to support young people’s mental health and take them from a place of risk to a place of safety. 

The course focuses on work with children and young people between the ages of eight and 18 and covers anxiety, depression, psychosis, suicide, eating disorders and self-harm. The structure of the course is four sessions of online training with additional work for delegates to complete in-between.  

Two of the courses run across two full days and two courses across four evenings. The Diocese of Manchester has subsidised this course significantly so we are able to offer the Youth Mental Health First Aid course for £35:00 if you are within the diocese and £50:00 if you are outside the diocese.  This cost includes the comprehensive manual and workbook which you will receive from MHFA. 

For further information please email Canon Susie Mapledoram (mobile: 07967 657587) or you can directly book onto one of these courses by emailing


DECEMBER Youth MHFA Face to Face (2 full days) - Venue TBA        

Course dates: Thursday 2 December 2021 and Friday 3 December 2021 

Course closing date: Monday 15 November 2021.

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House, 
90 Deansgate, 
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400