Mental Health Champions (MHC Core)

Mental Health Champions (MHC Core)

What is the Mental Health Champions (MHC) project?

The MHC project aims to provide support for schools in dealing with children and young people with low to medium level mental health or emotional wellbeing difficulties. It is not intended to replace specialist support, but is a way that schools can access information and guidance for staff carrying out their day to day roles and responsibilities. 

The project is managed and delivered by Bradford Educational Psychology Team, meaning that training and support is based on up to date research and evidence-based practice.

A description of the project and FAQs (e.g. expectations of schools and the MH Champions can be found in this presentation: MH Champs Powerpoint

As of September 2021, the project is now two-tiered, MHC 'Core' and 'Plus', meaning that schools can opt in to the level of support that suits their circumstances.

What do we offer at the MHC Core level? 

  • Termly webinars (i.e. 3 x 1.5 hours) offering key news and information regarding local and national initiatives and projects relevant to mental health/emotional wellbeing (mainly for CYP but may include some insight into staff and or/parent mental health/emotional wellbeing). We will also make links between Champions/your school and other organisations who offer support in this area via the webinars and through email and other communication.

  • N.B. we do not offer training at this level - schools who would like to access the free training from the MHC project would need to sign up to the enhanced MHC Plus offer

  • Termly parent/carer workshops offering information and training around common issues and concerns parents/carers have regarding their children’s mental health emotional wellbeing.

  • Half-termly newsletters with relevant local and national information regarding mental health and emotional wellbeing.

  • Access to our websites and social media accounts (TBA) for ‘snapshots’ of ideas and information.

Expectations of Champions:

  • Attendance at one webinar per term (approx. 1.5 hours each, organised by geographical area) where Champions will receive key news regarding local and national initiatives and projects. The expectation is that Champions would pass on relevant news and info etc to staff and SLT in school as appropriate

  • Being the key point of contact for us to send information and newsletters via email or social media, again with the expectation that they would disseminate to colleagues as you see fit. (N.B. Champions would not be expected to ‘check’ social media, all info would come via newsletter or email, social media would be an optional added bonus).Promoting our termly parent/carer workshops within school (either directly to parents or via other members of staff who would pass on the information)

  • Promoting our termly parent/carer workshops within school (either directly to parents or via other members of staff who would pass on the information)

Expectations of Schools:

  • Only the nominated school Champion (or their representative in case of absence etc) should attend the sessions. Champions may 'job-share' the role, but only one Champion per school may attend individual meetings.

  • Champions/representatives should be members of school staff, not members of other organisations working in school.

There are no further expectations of schools or Champions, but individual schools may wish to develop their Champion's role in different ways, such as through our enhanced 'MHC Plus' offer, or in other ways that suit the school's circumstances. 

MHC Plus

MHC Plus is for schools who want to develop their whole school offer around mental health, and are prepared to invest time in doing so. Champions wishing to upgrade from MHC Core to MHC Plus should first get agreement with the schools SLT to ensure they are able to commit to the expectation of being an MHC Plus school, e.g. completion of a School-Based Emotional Wellbeing Audit and implementation of an action plan as a result of the audit.

For details of this enhanced offer, please visit the dedicated web-page by clicking on the following link: MHC Plus

Diary Dates and booking details:

MHC Core

The next MHC Core sessions will be in the Autumn term of 2022. We will publish details nearer the time. Registered Champions will also be emailed.

We invite Champions to attend one of the sessions allocated to their area to help develop and maintain local school links, but Champions who cannot attend on their allocated day are welcome to join a different session.

Sessions may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not met and Champions booked on to those sessions will be offered one of the alternative dates.

Booking details: Please book via the Skills for Bradford Website: 

Please note that Champions will only receive email notifications and log in details for these sessions once a booking has been made and confirmed/checked out by the schools Skills for Bradford administrator.

Parent/Carer workshops:

The next MHC parent sessions will be in the Autumn term of 2022. We will publish details nearer the time. 


Please note that these are group events and we are unable to offer any individual advice during or following these sessions

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are holding our events online, via Microsoft Teams.

Sessions may be cancelled if minimum numbers are not met, and any parents/carers booked on to sessions that are cancelled will be offered an alternative.

Parents and carers are eligible if the child/young person (up to age 18) in their care lives in the Bradford area. The child or young person does not have to be currently attending school/college.

Please note, all sessions are for parents and carers only, not school staff or professionals unless they are attending in their capacity as parent of a young person living in Bradford.

Booking details: To book parents are asked to email Charlotte McLaughlan: or call Charlotte on 07816 089217 (before 12 noon please). Once a booking has been confirmed, log in details and passwords will be sent.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) <<< hyperlink

MHC Newsletters

Find a link to our newsletters below:


General queries or to sign up your school to the project/register your Champion:

Please email:

Useful websites and resources:  The website for booking your place at network meetings.

Healthy Minds Intervention training and support Information document

Kooth: The online digital counselling service for 11 to 18 years olds commissioned by Bradford CCGs.

Qwell: The online digital counselling service for adults living in the Bradford area. 

Youth in Mind - a partnership of mental and emotional wellbeing services supporting children, young people and their families from conception to age 25 across Bradford District and Craven. Links to many different services and organisations in the area - really useful!

Youth in Mind Basic -

Youth in Mind  City -

Youth in Mind Plus -

Youth in Mind - Services Flyer - an overview of key Information about services on offer

The Healthy Minds website is the single point of access for all in Bradford and Craven to look after their minds. The website was created to bridge the gap between those looking for support and services struggling to reach and help the right people. Home to the Healthy Minds Wellbeing Assistant, Services Index and Wellbeing Resources and campaigns, is an easy to use website, opening the door to mental health and wellbeing support services, resources and information. 

Healthy Minds Service Directory - online directory of mental health services in Bradford (for children, young people and adults) 

Mind in Bradford - a local mental health charity covering Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

First Response Crisis Service -  offers support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven experiencing a mental health crisis. First Response’s  free phone number is: 0800 952 1181 Link to information on this resource for supporting children and young people with emotional regulation. Link to free online resources which explain the fight, flight, freeze and submit responses in user-friendly guides. A useful video that explains how early experiences affect brain development and how this impacts on behaviour. A thought-provoking TED talk about how children 'do well if they can'.

AGENDA: A young people's guide to making positive relationships matter ISBN: 978-1-908469-10-6  

AMIE guide: Resilience: Surviving and Thriving in Education. Peter Rushton and Jackie Christie.  practical guide that includes proven strategies for developing and maintaining resilience, and case studies that illustrate just how critical resilience is for staff and students


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