This course will look at causes, prevalence and signs and symptoms of mental health issues in young people. Attachment disorder and adverse childhood experiences will be briefly discussed, as well as the impact of poor mental health on attainment. The course will also provide some suggested strategies that can be used in schools to support young people. We will look at some of the most common mental health issues affecting students, including: anxiety, depression, self-harm, OCD, eating disorders and panic disorder.

Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to mental health/positive wellbeing
  • Prevalence of mental health in young people
  • Stigma
  • How mental health affects academic achievement
  • Adverse childhood experiences and the impact on mental health
  • Anxiety, depression, self-harm, OCD and panic disorder – signs, symptoms and strategies
    to support
  • Mindfulness
  • Visualisation and self-talk strategies


  • Demonstrate your school’s commitment to supporting the wellbeing of students
  • To provide staff with adequate training and understanding to enable them to effectively perform their duties at school
  • To improve teacher confidence so problems can be identified earlier
  • Supports the principles of the Personal Development strand on the new Ofsted framework
  • To support students adequately, so they can still achieve their full potential at school
  • Teaching staff
  • Support staff
  • SLT
  • Middle leaders
  • Teaching sssistants
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


Session 1
An introduction to mental health

  • Guidelines for safe discussion – ground rules set to ensure all delegates are comfortable
  • A discussion around what mental health and general wellbeing are

Session 2
The prevalence and impact of mental health in young people

  • Reporting on current research and statistics relating to the number of young people suffering in schools
  • Adverse childhood experiences and how this impacts mental health
  • How mental health can affect attainment, behaviour and attendance, as well as the life chances of students

Session 3

  • Why there is a stigma and people find it difficult to talk
  • Strategies and suggestions to reduce stigma in school

Session 4
Common mental health conditions in young people

  • Anxiety, depression, self-harm – signs, symptoms and strategies that can support teachers and students in school
  • OCD and panic disorder – signs, symptoms and strategies that can support teachers and students in school

Session 5
Additional strategies

  • Visualisation techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-talk

Sarah Powell

Sarah has been teaching for over 10 years, and is the Director of Health and Wellbeing and member of the Senior Leadership Team at Flixton Girls School. She graduated from the University of Salford with an undergraduate degree in Sports Rehabilitation and then completed a PGCE and Masters degree in Teaching and Learning at Manchester Metropolitan University. She then went on to become a Certified NLP Practitioner and Coach and achieved a Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is also a Mental Health First Aid Champion.

Sarah has led health and wellbeing at FGS for the past 3 years and in March 2019 they achieved a National Wellbeing Award and were selected to be a case study school to showcase and share good practice.