Mental Health Champions in Bradford Schools

Mental Health Champions in Bradford Schools

The Mental Health Champions Project

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.

Schools should nominate one ‘Mental Health Champion’ who acts as a point of contact in school who is invited to attend meetings and/or webinars where they can access training and supervision related to issues affecting the mental health of children and young people.

The project is changing! From September 2021 we will be offering different levels of support depending on whether schools would prefer to sign up for a basic/core service, or an enhanced/plus service. Full details will be published in the Autum term.

If your school is not currently registered as a part of the project and you would like to join us, please sign up to the project by emailing

MH Champions Network Meetings:

Network Meetings are where we offer key information and traning training and facilitate reflective peer supervision for Champions.  Each school is asked to send their Champion to one session per half term. We regret that we do not have the capacity for more than one person from the same school to attend within the same week.

Dates for the next academic year will be published soon.

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.

What area is my school in?

Parent Workshops:

The next round of dates are below. 



* 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.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are holding our events this term online, via WebEx or Microsoft Teama. Parents/carers will need internet access in order to log in to the meeting, but they do not need to download any software or register any account.

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.

Individual Supervision for Champions:

Each month an Educational Psychologist will be available to talk to Champions on an individual basis regarding their own professional practice as a Mental Health Champion in school. There will be three slots per month, each slot lasting approximately 45 to 60 minutes. The subject of the discussion should relate to mental health or emotional wellbeing, and should relate to your role in the matter as an MHC, i.e. low  to medium level mental health or emotional wellbeing concerns.

If Champions feel that the supervisory discussion may involve discussing an individual child or young person in any way, it would be essential to complete a consent form and send it in to us prior to the supervision session. Please note, the consent form is different to the one used for a referral into the main EP service. The form must be signed by a person with parental responsibility. If we do not recieve expressed written consent from a parent, the request will unfortunately be declined.

Please downoad the consent form here, or request a form by emailing the MH Champions inbox (see contact details below).

Please note that the consent form is to ensure parents/carers consent to the child or young person being discussed in a supervisory situation. However, this does not mean that you are making a referral for EP casework.

If the request does not concern a mental health or emotional wellbeing matter, or if it is a higher level matter outside the remit of a Champion, you may be redirected to the EP Team's Consultation Hubs if this is deemed a more appropriate route. (There may be charges for this service for academies - please see the EP page here).



Booking details: To book a supervision session please contact Charlotte McLaughlan on 01274 439423 before 12 noon only or email


A reminder that KOOTH is the free digital support service for young people aged 10-18 in the Bradford area. It is a free, safe, anonymous online emotional wellbeing community that is accessible 24/7, 365 days of the year and provides access to chat sessions with BACP-accredited counsellors and qualified emotional wellbeing practitioners.

QWELL is a free digital counselling support service for adults, including school staff, commissioned by Bradford Metropolitan District Council and NHS Bradford & Craven CCG. Anyone living in Bradford and aged 19+ can register anonymously by visiting and can access the service 365 days of the year from any internet device. 

(Please note the MHC Team does not hold any further information on these services).

DfE Wellbeing for Education Return Training

The recorded WER training sessions are available online, but have to be booked via Skills for Bradford, so that we can report back to the DfE on which schools have received the training. To access the training, please open the Educational Psychology page in Skills for Bradford or click here: Educational Psychology page on Skills for Bradford

Scroll down the page and you will see a ‘Buy Now’ section and ‘DfE Wellbeing for Education Return’ training videos.

Please note: you will be asked to ‘purchase’ a training video, but there is no charge.

Materials used in this training also included:

Yorkshire and Humber Guidance: A Guide for Education Settings Supporting Children and Young People's Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Needs Which Have Arisen from Covid-19 (Yorkshire and the Humber Children and Young People's Mental health and Clinical Network)

Staff Wellbeing resource (Nottinghamshire EPS)

MHC Newsletters

Find a link to our newsletters below:

January Newsletter 

November newsletter

September newsletter

May Newsletter

June Newsletter 

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

Please email:

Useful websites and resources:

CYP and staff wellbeing audit

CAMHS training information  The website for booking your place at network meetings. The online digital counselling service for 11 to 18 years olds commissioned by Bradford CCGs. 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 srvices 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 info 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'.


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