The mental health of our children and young people has become an ever increasing issue for those of us working with under 18’s in this country. Whilst we cannot fill the gap created by the budgets of the county councils being cut; on this page we seek to signpost those working with young people and children to the best places to find resources and keep you up-to-date on the training opportunities that both we and other organisations and charities offer.
We will endeavour to continue to add to these links so that together we can continue to best support children and young people in having life and life in all it’s fullness.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses teach you the skills and confidence to spot the signs of mental health issues in a young person, offer them Mental Health First Aid and guide them towards the support they need.
The Board of Education believes that Mental Health First Aid Training is really valuable and therefore has reduced the £250 price tag of this course to £40! This includes all material and certificates, though please do bring your own lunch.
Our Youth MHFA Two Day course qualifies you as a Mental Health First Aider, and is delivered through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, with each session built around a Mental Health First Aid action plan.
Unfortunately we have only 16 places per course so book quickly to avoid disappointment.
Next training will take place in May 2020. Booking opening soon.
Diocesan Office, Clayton House, Blackburn, BB1 2QE | £40 per person
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to register your interest.
In general the resources below are of good quality but always read things through yourself and never give away material or recommend videos or audio that you haven’t engaged with beforehand. Some of the materials are not Christian but might be very useful to use. Churchmanship, opinions and personal experience may vary hugely from your own.
Information and resources for leaders to use to develop and equip them in their work with young people in this area.
Non-Christian mental health charity; “We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.”
Christian mental health charity that provides conferences, training and preaching
Non-Christian youth mental health charity that does great courses and provides very good material to engage young people.
Helping Churches support those struggling with mental health issues, with a guide to common conditions and downloadable packs (e.g. Stress, Burn Out, Depression, Body dysmorphic disorder…)
Created by Mind and Soul Foundation, Thrive Talks (google Mind and Soul + Thrive); are 5 talks by Dr Kate Middleton, a Christian psychologist about ‘Stress’, ‘Confidence’, ‘Anxiety’, ‘Resilience’ and ‘Sleep’.
Information and resources for young people
The Lily Jo Project; Founded by Lily Jo, a singer/songwriter and counsellor from Manchester. The project is an online mental health resource designed to help people to help themselves and/or support others. The website offers resources, interviews and encouragement.
UK organisation linked world-wide and supported/linked to the NHS, online support community and therapy
Non-Christian charity providing support, training and resources to help young people get the best possible support
A website full of advice, information, resources and where to find help for those in need.
Not necessarily to pass to young people but for your to understand people better
Fresh Hope for Mental Health
If you would like to find out more, or have any questions please contact the youth team on 01254 503407 or use this form.