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  • #MentalHealthAwareness week 2022

    Have you downloaded all your resources?

    Mental Health Foundation

  • #Mentalhealthawarenessweek 10-16th May 2021

    During this last year with the pandemic, millions of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time. We have seen that the support we all need just isn’t out there.

    We must take this opportunity to step up the fight for mental health. That means fighting for change, for fairness, for respect and for life-changing support.

    For one week each May, the Mental Health Foundation, campaign around a specific theme for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. They have done this each year since 2001.

    This years theme is Nature.

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

    If you would like to read more or have a look at the long list of campaign and fundraising ideas that can support this campaign, you can do so here:

  • Active April resources

    Life is happier when we get outside, move more & stay active Join in with @Action for happiness.

    Click on the link for more resources

  • Adfam

    'Adfam' is a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.

    Their website has a wide range of information and resources catered specifically for helping families who may be affected by drug and alcohol abuse. They also have a range of resources and a range of specialist practitioner training and CPD training programmes available.

    Phone: 020 3817 9410

  • Anna Freud

    Anna Freud's vision is to help create a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life.

    They have developed a range of tools and services that there to support children, young people and their families in mental health distress. They also have a wide range of training programmes available for professionals and researchers in the latest skills and tools to improve mental health globally.


  • Anna Freud – Resources

    Anna Freud, hosted through the platform have a fantastic and expanding library of dedicated resources. From videos, to assembly plans, information and guidance, online activities and support with school policies and training, there is a huge amount to be found.

    Follow the link:

  • Anna Freud NCCF Library

    The Anna Freud centre have a new online research library which houses a collection of evidence based material on children and young people’s mental health written and co-written by the Centre staff. Explore: #AnnaFreudResearch

  • Anti-Bullying Week

    This takes place 14-18 November this year. The theme is "Reach Out"

    The week will kick off with Odd Socks day on Monday 14th.

    Click on the following link for resources:

  • Anti-Bullying Week

    Read the report about the impact and reach of Anti-bullying week.

  • Aquarius – Derby

    Aquarius family drug and alcohol service offers the Choices Programme which is an evidence based programme designed to support the resilience of young people affected by parents/carers substance misuse.

    Website -
    Phone - 0300 7900265

  • Back to School

    NB: Internet Matters

    As children get ready to start back at school, explore Internet Matters #backtoschool guidance to support them safely whether they're learning in person or online #onlinesafety #parents #teachers

  • Barnardo’s

    Barnardo's seeks to support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing through early intervention and prevention.

    They have centres where children and young people can visit and have a trained worker they can trust and talk to. We help them build their confidence and get to the root of their difficulties. They work closely with the young people's parents - making sure they feel supported too. They also work with other professionals. They also run specific services for care leavers.

    Website -


    Derby’s Substance Misuse service. The service can provide:

    + Basic drug and alcohol training sessions for staff
    + Targeted group work (or individual visits) in Schools with young people who are at risk of developing problems with their drug or alcohol use

    Email -
    Phone - 01332 641661
    Post - Space@connexions, Curzon House, 8 Curzon Street, Derby, DE1 1LL

  • Bridge the Gap

    Founded in 2017, Bridge the Gap are a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the mental health of children, parents and teachers in Derby City and beyond.

    Bridge the Gap offer a range of subsided or free drop-in sessions, workshops, courses and training opportunities covering a wide range of issues including emotional development and exploration, behaviour and sleep. They also have mental health professionals who are able to offer 1:1 support for children who are struggling as well as offering private regular parenting consultations and support.

    Website -
    Phone - 07907 885935

  • Build Back Childhood

    A really interesting read:

    Before the pandemic, a child’s health, wellbeing and life chances were powerfully shaped by the circumstances of their birth. The pandemic has painfully exposed these inequalities, with disadvantaged children falling even further behind their peers in education, and those who were already vulnerable being put at even greater risk.Image

    A young woman enjoys a hug

    The Spending Review is a turning point. Instead of going back to how things were, this is our chance to look to the future – a future where every child feels safe, secure and supported. This is our chance to Build Back Childhood.

    Today’s challenges demand a strategic approach to the needs of babies, children and young people from conception to age 25. Creating lasting change must mean sustained improvement in core budgets to ensure existing duties can be met, as well as funding new initiatives. Our children need a Spending Review that:

    • Levels up living standards for families;
    • Explicitly invests in prevention and early intervention;
    • Takes a rounded approach to children’s recovery;
    • Gives every child the best start in life.

    A graphic showing the demands of the Build Back Childhood campaign

    The clock is ticking and, as each day passes without a decisive response, the longer-term risks to children and the cost to the public purse rise.


  • Build Sound Minds (Action for Children)

    Build Sound Minds provide specialist early interventionist support for children and young people aged 0-17 (Early years, Primary, Secondary) who are likely to present emotional and mental difficulties but do not meet the thresholds for more specialist services such as CAMHS.

    The Build Sound Minds service is commissioned by Derbyshire and Derby City Clinical Commissioning Group.  They can therefore accept referrals for any children or young people who are registered with a GP Surgery in the Derbyshire and Derby City CCG area

    Website -

  • C.A.L.M (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

    CALM is a suicide prevention charity which operates a number of Front-line, Community and Campaign services/initiatives including a free and confidential helpline and webchat.

    They also provide services for those who have been bereaved by suicide.

    Website -
    Helpline - 0800 58 58 58 (Open 5PM - Midnight)

  • CAMHS (Derby City)

    The child and adolescent mental health service is committed to providing comprehensive and targeted treatments, delivered in the heart of our communities, which positively impact upon the emotional and psychological wellbeing of children and young people.

    The specialist CAMHS teams provide services for Derby City residents and employ a range of highly qualified and specialist clinicians and therapists. They maintain close links with adult mental health services, early interventions service, youth offending teams and Breakout, Derby City's young people's substance misuse service. CAMHS assessments and subsequent care delivery are geared towards ensuring speedy access to the right level of service for the individual and family needs. They also provide a flexible out-of-hours service, including after school and evening services.

    Website -
    Phone - 0300 790 0264

  • Change4Life

    Change4Life is a public health programme in England which began in January 2009, run by Public Health England. It aims to help families make small, sustainable yet significant improvements to their diet and activity levels, with an overall goal of ensuring healthy eating and good diets.

    They have a large range of activity ideas, tips, recipes, tools and resources to help families and those around Children and Young People to help them make smart choices regarding their food.


  • Child Bereavement UK

    'Child Bereavement UK' help children and young people across early years, primary and secondary settings (up to age 25), parents, carers, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies.

    They also provide training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.

    National Helpline: 0800 02 888 40

    Email Contacts:

  • Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN)

    The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK.

    They underpin their members’ work with essential support and representation: bringing them together across localities, disciplines and sectors to improve bereavement care for children. This takes the form of advocacy, support, signposting, and generating new ideas and approaches.


  • Childhood Trauma, the Brain and the Social World


  • Childline

    Childline is a free, private and confidential national service available online and over the phone for anyone under the age of 19. They have a wide range of resources and services that cater to anything a person under the age of 19 may face. These include a free hotline, an email service and 1-2-1 chats with counsellors.

    Website -
    Phone - 0800 11 11

  • Childline’s Calm Zone

    There are lots of ways to feel calmer. The trick is finding out what works for each individual. Childline have free resources of ideas, games, tools and exercises designed to help children and young people stay calm as much as possible.

    To find out more click here:

    How Are You Feeling?

    Good Okay Excellent Bad Horrible Stressed Depressed

  • Children’s Mental Health Week: Meaningful relationships vital in helping young people thrive


    Today marks the start of Children’s Mental Health Week, and this year’s theme is ‘Let’s Connect’. Activities will focus on the healthy, meaningful and rewarding connections in children’s lives which enable them to thrive.

  • Contact

    Contact is a national charity that provide a range of online, printed and free helpline advice, support and training for the parents and families of disabled children and young people. Their work includes physical and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH). Alongside their free helpline, the operate an Online community where parents can chat to other families online about anything and everything that affects their child and family. Contact also run Family Events right across the UK.

    For education professionals, Contact run consultancy services and paid training courses.

    Website -
    Email -
    Phone - 020 7608 7800

  • Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

    The Council for Leaning Outside the Classroom is a registered charity existing to champion learning outside the classroom (CLOtC).

    They focus their work on providing support for 'learning outside the classroom' policy and procedure development, CPD and training opportunities for practitioners, as well as an official programme of accreditation for schools and organisations which use 'learning outside of the classroom' through the 'LOtC Mark'.

    Phone: 07545 696 881
    Email: They operate a contact form on their website which can accessed here:

  • Derby County Community Trust (DCCT)

    Derby County Community Trust is the community engagement and support arm of Derby County FC. They operate a diverse range of programmes covering a myriad of health, wellbeing and community-building with the sole purpose of enhancing the lives of people in the communities in and around Derby City.

    A key element of this is the provision of specific SEN/SEND provision within Special Schools and Mainstream Schools across Derbyshire. They can shape an affordable of support to meet your school’s needs.

    The provision available to schools includes:

    • Age appropriate wellbeing interventions - using proven measures enabling schools to display the impact. Resilient Rammie and Winning Minds. 
    • Healthy Active Schools Interventions 
    • Mental Health First Aid Training (Youth) 2-day and 1-day 
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing Specific INSET 
    • Curriculum Coaching: A vast array of sporting activities available to support the development of physical literacy, its aim is to complement existing Physical Education provision
    • Lunch Time Clubs/After School Clubs
    • Competition Plus Events: Open to SEND pupils from mainstream and special schools, events cover a number of sports and activities and are advertised on the Derby County Community Trust’s Schools Affiliation Events

    Website -
    Phone - 01332 416 140
    Email -

  • Derby Inclusion Conference… 5 weeks to go

    Get your place booked... Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Inclusion Leaders, Behaviour leads, Senior Mental Health Leads, SENCos, Teachers, Governors.

  • Derby SEND – Information Advice and Support Service

    What do the services provide?
    The service offers impartial information, advice and support to:

    • children and young people with special educational needs (SEN)
    • parents of children with SEN
    • children and young people with disabilities
    • parents of children with disabilities

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  • Derby SEND – Local Offer

    The Derby SEND Local offer is a hub of information and advice for children and young people from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.

    They operate a directory of locally available services, and an A-Z of information pages.

    Contact information:
    Website -
    Helpline - 01332 640758
    Text Service - 07585 960083

  • Derbyshire Autism Services

    Derbyshire Autism Services is a small charity, working across Derbyshire. They offer information, advice, guidance and support to children, young people and adults affected by autism, with or without a diagnosis, and their families.

    Website -
    Phone - 01773 741 221

  • Derbyshire LGBT+

    Derbyshire LGBT+ describes itself as Derbyshire’s only LGBT specific support service. They are here to support anyone who is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender or anyone, whether Early Years, Primary, Secondary or after who is having issues with their sexual orientation or gender identity, including family and friends.

    They also run a wide range of training and consultancy services for professionals (teachers, support staff etc.) in Education settings. This includes specific and bespoke help and guidance for teachers and managers.

    Telephone: 01332 207 704

  • Derbyshire T3

    Derbyshire T3 is a specialist outreach service for young people who are using drugs or alcohol, feel they have a problem and want some support to stop using or to cut down. Derbyshire T3 can also offer specialist help to reduce the risks and harm associated with alcohol or drug misuse, or to help young people avoid relapsing if they have already made changes.

    If you want to know more information, or would like to make an appointment, get in touch!

    Email -
    Phone - 01773 417560

  • Derwent Rural Counselling Service (DRCS)

    This is a free and totally confidential service to anyone over the age of 16. The service is a CCG qualified counselling provider working in conjunction with the NHS. Anyone within Derbyshire can self-refer. They are able to work with clients in premises close to the clients home. All of their counsellors are BACP Accredited and they achieve recovery rates that are regarded as one of the best in the UK.

    Website -
    Phone - 01639 812 710

  • Ditch the Label

    'Ditch the Label' is one largest anti-bullying charities in the world supporting children and young people from the ages of 12-25 (Secondary). They can help with bullying and anything else that you have on your mind for advice and support. They don't just talk about bullying, they also talk about things that are connected such as body image, mental health and sexuality.

    'Ditch the Label' has access to thousands of advice guides, tips and tricks to try. They also operate an active community where you can go and get advice and support.

    Website -
    Phone - 01273 201 129 (09:00-17:30)

  • Don’t forget to claim your free Children’s Mental Health Week pack

  • Early Help (Derby City Council)

    Derby City Council define early help as ‘providing help to identify need and risk, and direct services, at the earliest point, either in the development of the child or of family need.'

    Early Help services in Derby are focused on vulnerable families where there is a need for coordinated support from agencies to prevent issues escalating to the point where families may require statutory Social Care services.

    Website -
    Phone - 01332 641 172

  • Education Support Partnership

    The Education Support Partnership champions good mental health and well-being among teachers, lecturers, school leaders and support staff.

    They operate a number of staff support services including an "Employee Assistance Programme" which provides 24/7 advice, support and counselling.

    They also have a wide range of tools to help improve professional and organisational development.

    Website -
    Phone - 08000 562 561

  • Educational Psychology Service (Derby City Council)

    The Educational Psychology Service (EPS) provides a wide range of services to help the People’s Services department with identifying and meeting the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) of children and young people aged 0-25 (Early Years, Primary, Secondary and after). This includes working with educational settings to support a graduated response‌‌‌‌ to special educational needs provision and advising on statutory support as part of an education, health and care needs assessment.

    Website -

  • Empathy Week 27-02-23 to 02-03-23

    Series of FREE webinars perfect for assemblies or lessons that bring empathy into your classroom this Empathy Week.

  • Every Mind Matters

    Follow the link for the NHS top tips to support children and young people.


    We are proud to support Children's Mental Health Week 2022 - Kirklees  Together

  • Family Lives

    Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. They provide support for resident parents, grandparents, step-parents and non-resident parents.

    Family Lives advises on all aspects of family life including child development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. They also provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, risky teenage behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children. They can help you find solutions and recommend further support within their wider services and/or from our many partner organisations.

    Family lives provides advice for Early Years, Primary and Secondary.

    Website -
    Email -
    Helpline - 0800 800 2222
    Twitter - @FamilyLives

  • First Steps

    First Steps is a Derbyshire eating disorder charity. They support people all over Derbyshire and the surrounding areas who are affected by eating difficulties and disorders; this includes parents, partners and families. The majority of staff and volunteers have personal experience of an eating disorder either as a sufferer or as a parent/carer or friend and can understand the difficulties that eating disorders cause.

    Website -
    Email -
    Phone - 01332 367571

  • Forest School Association

    The Forest School Association is a charity which functions as the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and ‘quality Forest School for all‘.

    They have resources available for Forest Schools self-assessment, a Forest Schools trainer locator, and loads of information, reading lists and news covering all things related to Forest Schools.

    Phone: 01228564407

  • Green Lane – Counselling & Psychotherapy

    Green Lane Counselling & Psychotherapy is a paid-for service based at 61 Friar Gate in the centre of Derby which aims to make counselling accessible and affordable for everyone.

    They work with clients from the age of 5 upwards.

    The initial assessment is £20. The maximum fee per session is £30 for individuals and £40 for couples, with reduced fees being available for anybody who is not able to pay the full fee.

    Website -
    Telephone - 07977 712027
    Email -

  • Harmless

    Harmless was established at the beginning of October 2007 to respond to the needs of people who do or are at risk of self-harm and suicide. It is a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.

    Harmless offer a number of different resources available for download, coping strategies, workbooks and questionnaires.

    Website -
    Email -

  • Heads Together – Five years on

    "Through our work with young people, emergency response, homeless charities, and with veterans, we have seen time and time again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges." - The Prince of Wales

    A report has been put together by the Heads Together Charity Partners.

  • Healthy Coping Strategies for Young People: Free Seminar

    NB: @AnnaFreudNCCF

    Developing healthy coping strategies to deal with intense and difficult emotions is an important skill for young people. Learn more about them at Anna Freud next Schools in Mind seminar on 26 January:

  • Hope Again (Cruse Bereavement Care)

    Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people.  Cruse is a national charity that provides support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone close to them dies.

    Cruse operates a national freephone Helpline as well as dedicated local services.

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    Email -
    Phone - 01332 332098 (Derby) \ Helpline - 0808 808 1677

  • is a not-for-profit organisation that has a simple purpose – to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world through age-specific advice, guidance and tools. They can advise on early-years, primary and secondary age children (0-14+). also provides support and tools for schools.

    Everything they do is designed to help keep children safe online. We do that by giving parents what they need to have great conversations with their children to:

    • Encourage them to behave safely online
    • Help them identify potential risks
    • Help limit the risks they may face online
    • Know what to do and where to go if they need help


  • Jewish Association for mental illness (JAMI)

    Jami is the specialist provider of mental health services in the Jewish community. They have a range of services available including community hubs and outreach, a long list of of education and training programmes and bespoke recovery support plans, with a team of social workers and occupational therapists.

    Contact: Contact form on website (

  • Kidscape

    Kidscape works directly with and provides support for Primary and Secondary school children and families experiencing bullying. They operate an advice line, whilst also providing training (CPD courses) for professionals in how to challenge and prevent bullying in schools. Courses cover a range of topics from basic safeguarding to online safety and peer mentoring.

    Website -
    Phone - 0207 823 5430

  • Kooth

    Kooth is a free, online counselling, support and advice service for children and young people aged 11 to 19. Users can access Kooth's counselling team as a 'drop in service' (as and when required), or book weekly, structured sessions with a named therapist.

    Kooth also offers Peer-To-Peer moderated forums, an online magazine, and a range of self-help tools.

    Website -

  • Learning through Landscapes

    'Learning through landscapes' aims to enable children to connect with nature, be more active, be more engaged with their learning.

    They do this by advocating the benefits of outdoor learning and play at school and pre school, inspiring and enabling the design and development of outdoor environments to support children’s development, and inspiring and enabling teachers and early years practitioners to develop the confidence, ideas and skills they need to make better use of outdoor spaces.

    Check out their website for information, resources, help and support

    Phone: 01786 465934

  • Lets talk loneliness

    It’s ok to feel lonely, particularly at a time like this. Don’t suffer in silence, we can all help each other stay connected.

    It has been loneliness awareness week. A music video has been released to support Shout 85258.

  • Looking after your Mental Health


    Mental have lots of how-to... guides which include lots of evidence-based information on different ways that you can help to look after your mental health.

    They're all free to read online and download, or you can buy printed copies.

    Looking after your mental health | Mental Health Foundation

  • Mental Health and Well Being

    Below is a quick link signposting to all the NHS recommended Mental Health and Well Being organisations that are used in Derbyshire.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 toolkit of resources


    A toolkit of resources for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, highlighting this year's theme of loneliness.

  • Mental Health First Aid England

    Mental Health First Aid England's latest Impact Report is now available. The report marks 15 years of MHFA England's journey to train one in ten people in mental health knowledge, awareness, and skills.

  • Mental Health UK

    Mental Health UK provides a range of support for employees experiencing mental and emotional health difficulties including local volunteer-led support groups. Their "On the Inside" information packs, which they estimate have a reach of around 5.4 million people, are now complemented by an online digital platform found on their website.

    Mental Health UK also provide a range of training and consultancy services for organisations and staff, covering topics such as:

    • Mental Health first Aid
    • Mental Health in the Workplace for managers
    • Mental Health awareness
    • Mental Health Champions
    • Wellbeing, Mindfulness & Resilience

    Website -
    Email -
    Phone - 0207 840 3008

  • Mermaids

    Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. The helpline offers; emotional support; a gateway to the parents and teens forums and signposting to training and resources.

    The Mermaids Helping is open Monday - Friday, 9AM - 9PM (times may vary on Bank Holidays)

    Website -
    Phone - 0808 801 0400

  • MHFA England – 2022 Round-up:

    Mental Health First Aid England would like to share their top five most downloaded resources to help benefit you and your workplaces wellbeing throughout 2023.

  • Mind

    Mind is a mental health charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. 

    They can have a wide range of resources, tools, contacts and guides to support parents, carers, teachers or other staff with any mental health concerns they have, as well as a full range of information available for children and young people themselves.

    Mind primarily support secondary age children and young people aged 11-19.

    Telephone: 020 8519 2122

  • MindEd

    MindEd provides completely free, completely open access, online education, available on tablets, phone or computers - bite-sized chunks of 'e-learning', to help adults to support well-being and identify, understand and support children and young people with mental health issues.

    Website -

  • Minds Ahead

    Minds Ahead works with teachers, school leaders and other educational professionals to secure system wide change that benefits all schools, (whether Primary, Secondary or otherwise) by inspiring, empowering and enabling leadership at all levels.

    They provide a range of activities, including School Mental Health training, teacher training, self-assessment tools and speeches.

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    Contact -

  • Mrs Tickly Toes

    'Mrs Tickly Toes' is a specialist reflexology service based in Derby for Babies, Children & Adults, with dedicated programmes available for all ages.

    Reflexology is a wonderful holistic therapy that can be used to balance the body and promote the body to heal itself. Reflexes on the feet or hands, which mirror parts of the body, are gently stimulated during a treatment. It is commonly used to help with; Relaxation, Release of tension, Improved sleep, Improved mood and Overall wellbeing.

    Beginning with an initial consultation, a complete treatment plan will be designed and made bespoke for you.

    Mrs Tickly Toes also offers a bespoke Schools Programme plan, aimed at Primary or Secondary Age children, which can be viewed here -

    Please contact Heather Salt (Mrs Tickly Toes) for more information here:

    Website - (email contact form on the site)
    Phone - 07793 535 852

  • National Autistic Society

    Founded in 1962, the 'National Autistic Society' are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

    Their website contains a wide range of information and resources designed to help schools, families, individuals, children and adults who may have autism, either directly or associationally.

    Phone: 0808 800 4104 (Helpline - 10am – 12pm and 1pm - 3pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

  • National Self Harm Network

    'The National Self Harm Network' (NSHM) is an online forum which seeks to support individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life, support and provide information for family and carers of individuals who self harm, raise awareness of the needs of people who self harm, dispel myths and combat discrimination, and empower and enable those that self harm to seek alternatives to self harm and further help where appropriate.

    The forum provides crisis support, information and resources,
    advice, discussions and distractions, is closely monitored and available 24/7.


  • Neurodiversity Celebration Week

    13th - 19th March 2023

    Celebrate neurodiversity in all its forms with our free toolkits of resources for pupils and staff.

  • Our Time

    'Our Time' supports and champions young people affected by parental mental illness.

    They have established monthly safe-space orientated support groups for children at risk of isolation and exclusion called 'KidsTime Workshops', as well as an educational training programme, for both primary and secondary schools, designed to help teachers and staff identify young people affected by parental mental illness, and offer the support they need called 'Who Cares?'.


  • Papyrus

    Papyrus is a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. They exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

    Papyrus provide a confidential support and advice service for young people (Primary, Secondary or otherwise) who are struggling with thoughts of suicide, or for anyone worried about a young person. Papyrus also engage communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and deliver training programmes to individuals and groups. This includes equipping local councils, healthcare professionals and school staff (teachers, school managers/leaders) with suicide prevention skills.

    Website -
    Phone - 0800 068 41 41 (Text - 0778 620 9697)
    Email -

  • Parent Mental Health Day – free webinar


  • Physical Education (Association for)

    The Association for Physical Education is a membership organisation that its purpose as to promote and maintain high standards and safe practice in all aspects and at all levels of physical education, school sport and physical activity, influencing developments at national and local levels that will impact on pupils’ physical health and emotional well-being.

    They have a range of useful resources, information, hints and tips designed to help ensure that Children and Young People understand the importance of safe Physical Education to their health, both mental and physical.


  • Public Health Nurses (0-19 yrs)

    Public Health Nurses are qualified nurses who have completed specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. They usually specialise in either health visiting or school nursing. The School Nursing Service works with school-aged children, their parents/carers, other health professionals, education staff and other agencies to promote the health and well-being of children and enable them to reach their full potential. The School Nursing team is made up of specialist public health nurses, community staff nurses, and assistant practitioners.

  • Pupil Voice

    Pupil voice in schools means a whole-school commitment to listening to the views, wishes and experiences of all children and young people. It means placing value on what children and young people tell school staff about their experiences.

    Follow the links for tips and resources:,school%20staff%20about%20their%20experiences.

  • Qwell

    Qwell is a free online Mental Health and Wellbeing resource for parents and carers of young people under the age of 18 that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website. Available 365 days of the year via mobile, tablet and desktop devices from 12 noon to 10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends, the service provides access to accredited counselling support, peer support via online forums and relevant articles detailing a variety of topics.  

    Adults accessing Qwell can do so without the waiting lists or thresholds often associated with traditional services. They can join online peer support communities, access self-help materials or engage in drop-in or booked one-to-one online chat sessions with our experienced counselors.

    Qwell works in partnership with traditional community health providers and provides links and pathways to traditional and specialist face-to-face services.

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  • Relax Kids – Derby

    Relax Kids Derby is an emotional health and wellbeing service which uses research-based calming and relaxation techniques alongside positive psychology (positivity, acceptance, gratitude, resilience and compassion) to help support children's emotional health and wellbeing, help them create a positive self-image and build self-esteem. Sessions are designed to support children and young people in managing stress and anxiety, improve sleep, improve focus and concentration, teach emotional literacy and self-regulation skills. Relax Kids Derby offers one to one sessions, workshops, regular school sessions, after school clubs and staff wellbeing for pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools (including SEN), and families.

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    Facebook - relaxkidsderby
    Phone - 07502428987
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  • Safer Internet Day

    Today is Safer Internet Day... Get you free teaching resources:

  • SafeSpeak

    SafeSpeak is a confidential service run by Relate for children and young people. SafeSpeak offer a safe place to talk to a specialist counsellor about anything that’s worrying children and young people aged 5-18 years.

    They also operate a LiveChat service for those who prefer chatting online or can't attend face-to-face.

    **Please be aware that SafeSpeak is now a paid for service**

    Website - SafeSpeak
    Phone - 01332 349117

  • Samaritans

    Samaritans is a national charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide. Samaritans operate a free helpline, email service, and branches designed to provide support 24/7.

    Samaritans has also produced resources providing information about the emotional health of young people aged 16-24, covering the latter stages of Secondary School and after. Information can be found here.

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    Phone - 116 123
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  • Senior Mental Health Lead Training

    A two-day online training course for senior mental health leads, helping you develop a sustainable whole-school approach to mental health.

    The CPD-accredited course combines the expertise of Anna Freud Centre’s clinicians and tutors with a knowledgeable community of practice. 

    Book your place:

  • Shout 85258

    Launched in May 2019 after a year-long pilot, 'Shout 85258' is a 24/7 confidential UK text messaging service for times when people feel they need immediate support. Anyone of any age, who is a resident in the UK, can text the service for support.

    User's should generally receive a reply within 5 minutes, but during peak times this may be longer.

    NB: Some Android phones, including the Samsung Galaxy handset, issue a warning that you will be charged for texting us. Provided you are on one of the networks listed here (EE, O2, Three, Vodafone, BT Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Virgin Mobile, iD Mobile, Sky, Telecom Plus, Lebara and GiffGaff) this warning is incorrect and you will not be charged.

    Contact: Text 'SHOUT' to 85258
    Email: (For service information only)

  • Sleep Council

    The Sleep Council exists to help everyone get a better nights sleep. For 25 years they have been sharing information and resources about what to do, what not to do and where to go to get further help for restorative rest.

    They offer:
    – Practical advice and support to help you adopt healthier sleep habits
    – Raising awareness of a good night’s sleep to health and wellbeing through key awareness events
    – Campaign for change so that everyone has access to sleep support – whether that’s through health services, employment or education.


  • Stem4

    Stem4 is a charity that promotes positive mental health in teenagers (Secondary) and those who support them including their families and carers, education professionals, as well as school nurses and GPs through the provision of mental health education, resilience strategies and early intervention.

    This is primarily provided digitally through our innovative education programme, pioneering mental health apps, clinically-informed website and mental health conferences that contribute to helping young people and those around them flourish.

    Stem4 primarily helps with issues surrounding Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, Eating Disorders and Addiction.

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  • STePS (Derby City Council)

    STePS is the Derby City team for autism.
    On the linked webpage you will find out about autism and what support is available from the local offer for your child or young adult.
    There is a directory of services to browse which is useful to find out about things to do, childcare and education.

    Website - STePS (DCC Local Offer)
    Phone - 01332 641 400

  • Story Stem Assessment Profile Training


    A great training opportunity to learn how to use the story stem assessment profile to gain insight into how children aged four to nine perceive family roles, attachments, and relationships using a non-intrusive approach. Follow the link for course details.

  • Stress-busting tips: how to stay calm and in control

    Education Support's webinar will offer practical advice and support for teachers and education staff. Follow the link to book your place:

  • Suicide Bereavement Training for Derby & Derbyshire – FREE ONLINE


    Joined Up Care Derbyshire have commissioned Harmless to deliver half day Suicide Bereavement training sessions online for staff and volunteers from a broad range of statutory, community and voluntary sector organisations, working within Derbyshire county and City.

    Please note that you must work with people in Derby/shire in order to meet eligibility criteria for this free training session

    This course is designed to enable participants to effectively explore and understand the following:

    - The magnitude of suicide bereavement

    - Suicide loss as a unique form of complex bereavement

    - 'Complicated grief', trauma, and other individual responses to suicide

    - The wider impact of bereavement on those exposed to or affected by suicide

    - The stigma and shame associated with suicide and bereavement

    - Bereavement by suicide as a unique risk factor for suicide

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  • Sunshine Support

    If you are a parent/carer or professional who's responsible for a child or young person with special educational needs, then Sunshine Suppport are there to help. They provide independent information, advice and support to parents/carers and professionals of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN, SEND).

    The provision includes access to independent SEND professionals whose specialisms cannot usually be provided through local government and health authorities. 

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  • Talking about anxiety – Free Seminar

    Have you booked on yet?

    This is an opportunity to attend a free seminar about anxiety in children and young people and practical tips for addressing it with a panel of experts on May 22nd 16.30-18.00.  The seminar is provided by Anna Freud.

  • TalkTime (Action for Children)

    Talktime is a child-focused early intervention support service working with Primary and Secondary school children (between the ages of 4 and 18) and their families, where the children are unhappy or emotionally distressed. Operated by Action for Children, referrals may include: Loss, Self-Harm, Bullying, Friendship Issues or children who have witnessed domestic violence.

    Information (PDF) - 'Talk Time' - (Action for Children)

    Phone - 01246 277422

  • The Autism Education Trust

    The Autism Education Trust (AET) is dedicated to coordinating, supporting and promoting effective education practice for all children and young people on the autism spectrum. The AET website provides tailored advice and resources for professionals, parents, carers and children and young people with autism. The trust is funded by the Department of Education (DfE) and was founded by Ambitious about Autism (formerly TreeHouse), The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and The National Autistic Society (NAS).

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    Phone - 0207 903 3650

  • The Behaviour Support Service

    The Behaviour Support Service can provide advice and consultancy to all staff to enhance their knowledge, understanding and skills to meet pupil’s diverse social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. We provide bespoke training in a range of universal and targeted interventions, including:

    • how to access the needs of children with SEMH in your school
    • emotional regulation and de-escalation
    • social skills interventions
    • peer mentoring
    • circle-time

    For further information, please speak to your Behaviour Support Teacher, or:
    Tel: 01332 831 316/01246 207 709

  • The Children’s Society

    The Children's Society is a national charity in the UK which help with a wide-range of concerns and issues which apply to Children and Young People.

    As a key part of this, they work with the most vulnerable Children and Young People in society to ensure that they have the support they need. They operate support services for Children and Young People across a wide spectrum, including those that have been subjected to sexual exploitation or trafficking, or those who are in need of other more general therapeutic services.

    The Children's Society has specific resources to support the Emotional and Mental Health of Children and Young People in Primary and Secondary situations.

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    Phone - 0300 303 7000

  • The Inclusive Quality Mark (IQM) Scheme

    How inclusive is your school?

    The IQM scheme will allow you to explore all aspects of education within the school and collate the information into a coherent holistic story.

    If your school is interested in obtaining the IQM Inclusive School Award or you wish to talk to a member of the IQM team please get in touch.

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    Phone - 028 7127 7857

  • The Mental Health Foundation

    The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity with prevention at the heart of everything they do - they aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems.

    The Mental Health Foundation is a charity specialising in research and policy development, with a focus on preventing mental health problems. 

    They have a range of helpful guides, tips, hints and strategies to help people manage and look after their own mental health. These include informative podcasts, stories and testimonials, and general mental health advice.

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    Phone - +44 (0)20 7803 1100

  • The Mix

    The Mix provides a range of free expert and peer-to-peer support for Young People under 25 so they can make informed decisions about their physical and mental health. Under 25's can access counselling, digital and phone-based services.

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    Phone - 0800 808 4994

  • The PSHE Association

    The mission of the PSHE association is to raise the status, quality and impact of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and enable high-quality PSHE education teaching and learning for all children and young people. This encapsulates early years, primary, secondary and sixth, from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5.

    They provide teachers and practitioners with:

    • Dedicated advice, training and support by phone, email and face-to-face.
    • The latest news via regular email and social media updates. These cover the latest curriculum developments, new resources, upcoming events, CPD opportunities and changes to policy and legislation.
    • Access to an ever-growing library of downloadable resources including schemes of work, self-review tools and guidance on writing school policies. We produce resources ourselves and quality assure resources developed by others.
    • Access to high-quality CPD workshops and conferences.
    • The chance to join a community of over 30,000 professionals in a growing and influential professional movement, working together to ensure that all children and young people experience high-quality PSHE education.
    • Opportunities to play an active part in developing and promoting PSHE teaching and policy, for example through piloting new guidance and informing national policy development.

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    Phone - 020 7922 7950

  • The Wild Network

    The Wild Network provides learning activities tagged against curriculum learning topics and key learning stages - all set out by time. So, whether you want to try out an easy ten minute activity for KS1, a one hour version or a whole day exploring data handling, writing, or investigating with KS2, have a look at whats available!


  • Time to talk day


    #TimeToTalkDay Make space on February 2 to talk to someone about Mental Health. Talk about how you feel, a problem or situation you may be struggling with. #Letsgettalking

    Get your free downloadable resources

  • Time To Talk Day 02/02/2023

    NB: @Rethink Mental Illness @Mind

    This day is all about creating supportive communities by having conversations with family, friends, or colleagues about mental health. We all have mental health, by talking about it we can support ourselves and others.

    Download a resource pack today:

  • Ukraine Crisis Mental Health Visual Aid

  • United Response

    'United Response' support adults and young people with disabilities to live the life they choose, through a person-centered approach which can help with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism and mental health support needs. They offer support with things like day-to-day living, finding a house or a job, education, and activities in your local community.

    'United Response' have a dedicated Derby office which specializes in supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and autism in Derby.

    Phone: 0800 0884 377 // 01332 869399
    General Email:
    Derby Office Email:

  • WDSD 2023

    Click for more information and resources to use with your pupils and students:

  • Why we fight for Mental Health

    For them, for us and for you – we must take this chance to step up the fight for mental health. That means fighting for change, for fairness, for respect and for life-changing support.


  • Winston’s Wish

    Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them. They were the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity and have been supporting bereaved children since 1992.

    They provide specialist child bereavement support services across the UK. This includes in-depth therapeutic support in individual, group and residential settings, as well as a Freephone National Helpline, training for professionals and specialist publications.

    Helpline: 08088 020 021

    Email contacts:

  • World Health Organisation: Mental Health

    The mental health section of the World Health Organisation (WHO) website is a great place for teachers, practitioners, parents or other educational professionals to research the policies and services concerning mental health on the widest possible scale.

    The website has a number of good resources including fact files, videos, policy documents and academic research to improve anyone's knowledge of mental and emotional health.

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  • World Mental Health day


    Wear yellow on 10 October and donate to Young Minds this World Mental Health Day.

    Together we can create a brighter future for young people's mental health.

    Sign up for free School fundraising packs:

  • World Suicide Prevention Day

    Click on the link for some helpful resources:

  • Young Minds

    Young Minds works closely with young people and their families to campaign on issues which impact on young people's mental health.

    They operate a range of services including a helpline offering free advice and support to any adult who's worried about the behavior or mental health of a young person.

    Young Minds also offers training and consultancy to professional who with children - including teachers, doctors, and mental health services.

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    Phone - 0808 802 5544

  • YouthinMind

    YouthinMind is a collection of psychologists, educators, and experts in IT. Their aim is to promote the psychological well-being of people everywhere through the provision of information, assessment, treatment and research.

    They offer the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), and the Development and Well-Being Assessment (DAWBA) to aid in assessing youth mental health.

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  • Zoning in – Back to School


    A recap for the new academic year on the Zones of Regulation. All the different ways children feel and the states of alertness they experience are categorized into four coloured zones. Children who are well regulated are able to be in the appropriate zone at the appropriate time.

    Follow the link for some useful free and paid for resources: