Mental Health Champions in Bradford Schools

Mental Health Champions in Bradford Schools

Mental Health Champions in Bradford Schools: A Future in Mind Initiative

***Relaunched and expanded for 2019/20***

The Mental Health Champions project was born out of the Government's Green Paper: Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.

The project was set up to provide support for schools in dealing with children and young people with low 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.

Although it has been running on an ‘opt in ‘ basis for a number of years, all schools in Bradford are now expected to join the project. Delivery of the project is fully funded by the Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bradford, and therefore costs to schools are minimal, and mainly limited to the costs of sending Champions to the six meetings.

Schools should nominate a ‘Mental Health Champion’ who acts as a point of contact in school and who attends six meetings per year where they receive training and supervision related to issues affecting the mental health of children and young people.

Meeting Dates

Please find below a list of target weeks and proposed themes for network meetings this year. (Full details are on the Skills for Bradford website). Network meetings are intended to be delivered in area hubs to support local links and sharing of resources:

Mondays: West          Tuesdays: North          Thursdays: South          Fridays: East

w/c 2nd December 2019

Relaunch and introduction

w/c 3rd February 2020

Depression and anxiety

w/c 23rd March 2020

Coping with transitions

w/c/ 18th May 2020

Self-harm and suicidal thoughts

w/c 29th June 2020

Healthy relationships


Each area is allocated the choice of either a morning or afternoon session.   Champions should book their preferred session on the Skills for Bradford website: (registration required).

For queries please email:

Useful websites: The website for booking your place at network meetings. The online digital counselling service for 11 to 18 years olds commissioned by Bradford CCGs. 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'.


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