Reducing barriers to learning.

Mental health problems are common. Research suggests that one in four people will experience poor mental health at some point in their lives. This page looks looks at methods, tips and tools regarding emotional and mental health self care.

   Mind – Understanding Mental Health

This resource explains what mental health problems are, what may cause them, and the many different kinds of help, treatment and support that are available. Also provides guidance on where to find more information, and tips for friends and family. If you require this information in Word document format for compatibility with screen readers, please email:

   NHS – How to access mental health services

Please use the link below to find out more information, written and produced by the NHS, on how to access mental health services that are available across the UK:

   Something quick to try…

The experience of happiness rises if you, once a day, write down, draw or think about 3 good things about yourself and your life - big or small. It could be thoughts, experiences or actions. You have to do it every day at the end of the day for at least a month in order to feel the effect, and the longer you keep on, the better the effect.

   Staff mental health in education toolkit

People are more and more aware of the need to support children, young people and those in education with their mental health. But working in education can have its intense demands and pressures too. Whether in colleges, schools or universities, it’s important to look out for staff and colleagues, and try to make their working environment a healthy and positive one. The chances are, it’ll translate to a better environment for pupils and students too. has collected ideas, advice, resources and examples for people across the sector: primary, secondary and further education.

You can access the toolkit here -

   Your Mind Plan

This quiz was developed by public health England as a part of their ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign. It includes 5 quick questions which, depending on your answers, will help build you a practical plan that you can use to maintain and improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Take this short quiz to:

  • reflect on how you've been feeling over the past 2 weeks and issues that are affecting you
  • get top tips for action you can take, and advice about further support

Once you've completed the questions for the first time and emailed your plan, you can revisit the page and edit it at any time.

Your Mind Plan is for people aged 18 or over and is only designed to point you in the right direction. It is not a diagnosis tool. If you're worried about your health, you should speak to a health professional.