Tailored mental health and wellbeing support during these challenging times

As you re-open to all children and young people, we just wanted to reach out and remind you that we are here to help you and your whole school community deal with the likely rise in mental health issues and stresses.


80% of teachers say mental health is a key priority when schools reopen and 57% of parents say their child has had mental health challenges during lockdown (Unicef).


We continue to focus on needs-led services that avoid duplication wherever possible, and plug the gaps that internal or statutory programmes are unable to fill.


Responding to changing needs  – our new mental health services


With needs growing and capacity being stretched, we continue to adapt our support based on emerging needs. I am delighted to give you access to our new service guide, which expands on our well-established whole school approaches and offers flexibility for virtual or online support during this time.



As well as our existing children and young people’s support for ages 4-18, you will notice that we now have clinical supervision and counselling programmes for staff and other adults including parents.


New for 2020/21 – Partner Reward Scheme giving you more benefits for accessing our services; including training & license discounts, free resources and webinars.



Raising awareness through training


A significant concern for schools and settings is how to address mental health issues and cope with increased anxieties, worries and vulnerabilities because of the crisis.

Our newly launched virtual training programme was extremely popular in the summer term, and we have now developed a range of additional opportunities based on issues identified by local schools.



Our new courses for 2020/21 include:


  • Eating Disorders – a one day course to help schools better understand eating disorders, delivered by our inspirational trainer who has a lived experience.
  • Mental Health Awareness for Managers – a three-hour workshop giving managers the knowledge and skills to meet both HSE and NICE standards for identifying and addressing risks to mental health in the workplace.
  • Train the Trainer Courses:
    • Delivering Parent & Student Workshops – a one-day course to enable you to run your own awareness workshops using evidence-based resources
    • Delivering the Young Health Champions Level 1 Award – a one day course showing you how to deliver our accredited award to enable peer support programmes to be developed in your setting
    • Supervision Skills: Applying Creative Skills to Reflective Practice – a two-day course to enable you to provide effective supervision to your staff, whilst also including clinical supervision for yourself
  • Level 2 Award in Student First Aid (11+) – a new three-hour programme allowing schools to meet the new statutory requirements for 2020/21. We also have a Mini Medics course for 7—11 year olds


More details about this, and the imminent launch of a new locally approved competency framework developed with NHS, local authorities and CAMHS services, amongst others will also be shared with schools shortly.


Contact us


Please call us on 01733 373187, email lisa.smith@ymcatrinity.org.uk or visit our Mental Health Support for Schools page to find out more about how YMCA Trinity Group’s mental health team can help you.