Mental Health Support for Schools

It’s a widely known statistic – on average, three children in every school classroom suffer with mental health issues.

YMCA has recently launched a new research report which goes one step further, looking into the stigma associated with mental health among young people.

In partnership with NHS England, our research through the #IAmWhole campaign found that more than one in three young people with mental health difficulties experience stigma. Of those young people, more than a third say it happens at least once a week, and 54% say it originates from their own friends.

In response to these staggering statistics and using its 30 years of experience in mental health, YMCA Trinity Group has launched new in-school services for schools and partners to improve the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of young people.

Existing support channels are overwhelmed with demand, and the new YMCA Trinity Group offer provides a sustainable route for schools to continue to support pupils in the face of budget cuts.


The scheme has already seen huge success in Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire since its launch in April 2015 with over 60 schools signing up, enabling 650 children and young people to receive over 5,250 hours of interventions, and providing training for over 110 schools, 600 staff and 150 young people.

YMCA Trinity Group  is committed to helping create supportive, inclusive and transforming communities where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

YMCA offers schools and partners a range of mental health services to improve the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of young people in their care. This enables vulnerable children and young people to get the help they need quicker.


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To give more people the opportunity to develop their understanding, we have teamed up with The Skills Network to offer all schools that purchase our Whole Staff or Train The Trainer programmes the opportunity to access additional level 2 distance learning courses in a variety of related topics including Mental Health, Autism, Understanding Behaviour that Challenges, Nutrition & Health, amongst others!

Not only can school staff benefit from the accredited programmes, but parents can also access them – FREE of charge!

As if that wasn’t enough, we will also give your setting up to £10 per person per course in vouchers to be used for other YMCA services when 10 or more people complete a course.

Click here for details of the courses on offer and how to access them

If you are an education setting based in Fenland or East Cambs, funding is available through the Opportunity Area Programme.  Click here for more details or contact us for an application form.

Counselling and Therapy

Building Resilience

How To Get Involved

Student Qualifications and Parent Workshops

Staff Training

Train The Trainer

Training Events and Useful Resources

Self Help: Thrive App

Whole School Well-Being

Staff Well-Being

How Does it Work?

YMCA Menu of Services was designed to offer schools and partners a range of services to improve the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of young people in their care. We appreciate that this will vary between organisations, according to the demographics of young people using them.  For this reason, we have arranged our services so that you can select the ingredients that will best address their needs.

The YMCA Menu of Services allows you to:

  • Identify, measure and address multiple physical, psychological and emotional needs of children and young people in one comprehensive package of support
  • Receive professional advice on the types of support you need, amount, and in what order
  • Create a bespoke package of support tailored to your needs
  • Concentrate on your curriculum or other priorities, confident that these additional priorities are being managed appropriately
  • Receive information on the impact the services are making, both within your organisation, as well as across the spectrum of the YMCA Menu of Services
  • Discuss particular needs even if they don’t fit with the current list of options (e.g. consultancy packages, training and other interventions).
  • Develop a positive well-being culture to enable all children, young people and staff to thrive


Customer Feedback

97% of schools would recommend the service and training

100% schools saw an overall improvement in children and young people as a result of therapeutic interventions

100% of schools rated the workers professionalism and knowledge as good or excellent

97% of staff learned more as a result of training and 98% said it was relevant to their role


“We are really impressed with the service. Our pupils showed a real change in their feelings”Head Teacher

“I’m so grateful that you made the effort to contact the school! I’m very grateful to you for the time and effort you have put in to try and help me! A massive thank you to you”. – Parent.

“Thank you for enabling us to provide this extremely worthwhile service to our school community. Very much appreciated” – SENCO.

“Thank you for everything we have received this year so far. The counselling has been incredible and we have seen so much progress in our children.”Deputy Head.

“I feel the sessions have been really valuable and I’ve really appreciated the feedback to school regarding the pupil which allows us to help her more, Thank you!”Class Teacher.

“I just wanted to feedback on the group sessions that finished last week. The children have loved taking part and many parents have thanked me as they can see a real difference in their children.” Deputy Head.

“Great tutor, really interesting, great group work”School Well-Being Nurse.

“It made me reflect on the children in my class as well as my own child & gave me the time to think of ways to encourage this within my practice. The time to discuss this with my peers was extremely valuable” EYFS Teacher.


For more information or to discuss your needs, please click on one of the boxes above or contact YMCA Menu of Services:

T 01733 373 187


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