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Promoting good mental health and resilience

There may be times or situations in people’s lives that are more difficult than others. The ability to stay mentally well during those times is what we call ‘resilience’. Resilience is not simply a person’s ability to ‘bounce back’ from a tough time but their ability to adapt in the face of challenging situations, whilst maintaining positive mental health and wellbeing. Resilience is a form of self-help; the person is helping their self to be better, more positive and happier.

More about mental wellbeing and resilience

Resilience is something that can change over time and a child or young person can be shown that they have the power to change it. Resilience can be taught and learned, and that the things that build resilience can be introduced into everyday life.

There are three parts to resilience:

  • Mental wellbeing describes our mental state. This is how a child or young person is feeling and how well they can cope with day-to-day life. Their emotional wellbeing can change, from day to day, month to month or year to year.
  • Next is social connections. Connecting with other people isn’t always easy and many children and young people can sometimes feel isolated or struggle with relationships. Lots of them feel like this and making friends can help them to overcome this.
  • Lastly are ways to cope. There are many ways to cope and get support, such as speaking to specialists like doctors, or their family and friends.

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Useful apps

  • Free access to wellbeing apps for all NHS staff

  • Headspace is a personal guide to health and happiness. Designed to help you focus, breathe, stay calm, perform at your best, and get a better night’s rest through the life-changing skills of relaxation, meditation and mindfulness.

  • Calm is an app for meditation and sleep. Designed to help lower stress, lessen anxiety, and assist in a more restful sleep with guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, masterclasses and relaxing music.

  • Calm Kids, Connected Parents gives you resources on all kinds of parenting dilemmas at your fingertips — including inspirational messages, audio tracks, videos and articles to help you create a calmer, happier home. Apple store download. Google Play store download.

  • Smiling Mind is a web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.

  • WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. The app includes advice, tips and tools to improve your mental health and boost your wellbeing.

  • MindShift uses strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.

  • NHS Weight Loss Plan. Develop healthier eating habits, be more active, and get on track to start losing weight with this NHS Choices 12-week diet and exercise plan.

  • Insight Timer offer guided meditations and talks led by the world's top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford and more.

  • Sleepio is designed to teach you how to overcome even long-term poor sleep without medication. This is the companion app for the Sleepio programme.

  • Moodometer is an interactive mood diary for monitoring and understanding emotional wellbeing.

  • Dragon in the Attic is a game for 7 - 11 year old boys and girls about health and wellbeing choices which gives players greater awareness and confidence.

  • Worrinots provides children with a platform that they can use to communicate their worries, fears and anxieties.

  • Happime a free non-profit app that helps to raise self-esteem, self-confidence and happiness levels in children young people and adults by teaching them about the power of thinking positively and how to choose a more helpful way of thinking.

  • Feely an app to track your feelings and receive scientific exercises and work on activities that help you feel happier.

  • Moods: Mental Health Tracking with an easy fast traffic light colour system to track moods.

  • Chill Panda is an app designed to help with anxiety, managing worries and improving wellbeing for primary school-aged children.


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Helpful information, guides, tools and classroom resources for education professionals

  • Mental Health First Aid England - Downloadable resources/leaflets, single page PDF posters that school can use and videos for training
  • Young Minds - Training courses, free downloadable booklets/leaflets and posters/resources/materials/lesson plans for teachers and school staff – also available to order at a cost
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists - Online advice, guidance and downloadable factsheets for staff, parents and CYP to use (good for parents’ evenings) with leaflets available to order at a cost
  • MindEd - MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health for all adults
  • Anna Freud Schools in Mind - Free network for school staff and allied professionals which shares practical, academic and clinical expertise regarding the wellbeing and mental health issues that affect schools
  • Boing boing - Free, downloadable, practical resources to help everyone in the school community step up and support pupils’ academic resilience. Training only available in Blackpool
  • Growth Mindset - Primary Teaching Services: How to implement in primary schools (blog including activities and recommended books)
  • Growth Mindset - Third Space Learning: How to get it right in primary schools (includes downloadable poster, guide and video)
  • Psychology Tools - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Worksheets, Handouts, And Self-Help Resources
  • Rise Above - Helping teach PSHE curriculum topics to KS3 and KS4 pupils, with flexible lesson plans and ready-to-use PowerPoints co-created with teachers, and video content developed with 11 to 16-year-olds. Some topics and films may also be suitable for Year 6
  • The Resilience Framework - A tool to set targets and track progress to work towards building resilience
  • Time to Change - Resources for staff. Schools areas for staff to register
  • Charlie Waller Memorial Trust - Training and self-help resources for professionals and resources to use with CYP or parents/carers
  • Young Minds 360 - Sign up to get free tips, advice and handy teaching resources emailed to you
  • The Elevator of Emotions - A functional and interactive game developed in Finland designed to help children learn emotional and social skills
  • Incentive Plus - Practical strategies and social, emotional, behavioural, mental health and well-being resources to help raise the achievement and fulfil the potential of young people of all ages
  • Resilience Framework - The Resilience Framework is based on Resilient Therapy (RT), the name they’ve given to the set of ideas and practices originally developed by Angie Hart and Derek Blincow, with help from Helen Thomas as part of a book
  • Anna Freud - THRIVE elaborated (PDF document)
  • The Samaritans - Supports schools, college communities and other youth settings through postvention services, lesson plans and school talks. DEAL includes lesson plans, activities, hand-outs, DEAL digital resources, teachers’ notes and staff training materials - free to download
  • Heads Together - Information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Action for Happiness - Toolkits for schools
  • National Children’s Bureau - Resources and publications
  • Mental Health Foundation - Publications on mental health
  • Playfield Institute - Hands On - Help and practical advice for supporting children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Pesky gNATs - Free workbook. The workbook is a collection of worksheets to help children and young teenagers develop skills to help them manage a wide range of emotional and behavioural problems. They are intended for use by psychologists, social workers, childcare workers, child psychiatrists and other mental health professionals to assist them in their routine clinical practice
  • NSPCC toolkit - The solution-focused practice toolkit provides inspiration for worksheets and activities to use, adapt or devise for the children and young people you work with
  • The Children’s Society - Free resources for schools to talk to children about difficult issues
  • Understanding Childhood - Downloadable information leaflets for families and childcare
  • Next Steps - A purchasable kit to help support mental health and emotional wellbeing in schools.
  • Time to Change - Mental health lesson PowerPoint presentation.
  • MIND - Building resilience, promoting wellbeing PowerPoint presentation.
  • Action Mental Health - Mental health awareness PowerPoint presentation.
  • Boing Boing - What is Resilient Therapy & the Resilience Framework?

Self-help material to recommend to children, young people and families/carers

Online places to signpost children, young people and families/carers to for further help

  • Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, accredited counsellors for mental health needs.
  • My Place - Age 13 - 25 years offering youth support around confidence 1:1 work or group. Funded by the Wildlife Trust initiative, ecotherapy and outdoor mindfulness. Available in Central, West and East Lancashire.
  • TalkZone – LCC - Young people aged from 12 to 19 years (up to age 25 with SEND) can access this support by telephone, text, webtalk, email or Facebook from 2pm - 10pm.
  • Lancashire Youth Challenge - A charity which enables young people to build confidence and resilience via an exciting year-round programme of physical activities, and creative and cultural projects. Available in North Lancashire area.
  • Youth Zone - Advice and support for children and young people.
  • Achieve Change and Engagement (A.C.E.) - Resources to help improve emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Public Health 5-19 Cumbria County Council - Service is aimed at lifestyle improvement, through maintaining and promoting mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Key priorities include healthy weight, emotional health, digital wellbeing and risk taking behaviour.
  • Mental Health Crisis Line: 0800 915 4640
  • Mental Health Access Line - In Lancashire there is a Mental Health Access Line to support people’s mental health needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can access the line, by calling the NHS non-emergency services on 111
  • Listening service - There is an out of hours listening service in Lancashire for anyone concerned about their own, or someone else's, mental health. Call the Freephone Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline on 0800 915 4640. It's open Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 midday to 12 midnight.
  • If you prefer to communicate via text, a texting service runs alongside the Helpline in Lancashire. Text Hello to 07860 022846.

    Specialist Triage, Assessment, Referral and Treatment (START)

    Pendle & Burnley START 9am-5pm 01282 628455 5pm-9am 01282 657222

    Blackburn START 9am-5pm 01254 226430 5pm-9am 01254 226074

    Lancashire and South Cumbria - Urgent help services


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Blackburn with Darwen

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Helen Capstick

Chorley and South Ribble

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Michelle Taylor

  • The training course Mental Health v Behavioural Problems is offered for free by your Primary Mental Health Worker.
  • Bespoke training is also offered by your Primary Mental Health Worker on risk & resilience and self-esteem.
  • Promoting good mental health training is provided by the Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service. The training will be led by Dr. Richard Slinger, LEHSS Service Lead and his team within Lancaster University. These sessions are aimed at primary and secondary school, college staff, especially SENCOs, pastoral leads, mentors, or any other staff with specific responsibility for pupils’ emotional health. It is particularly relevant for schools developing a ‘Designated Lead for Mental Health’ role. Limited free places are available to staff employed by a primary, secondary or college within the Lancashire County Council area. For more information visit the lehss website.
  • Lancashire Children’s Trust. The Children and Young People's Trust has developed a Virtual Learning Environment for everyone who works with children, young people and their families across Lancashire.
  • Thrive offer a range of Foundation, Licensed, Intermediate and Advanced courses to suit professionals, parents and carers. Visit the website to find out more.
  • MIND offer training on a variety of topics. Check their website for which courses are currently running.
  • MindEd provides online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. Check their website for which courses are currently running.

Fylde and Wyre

Your Primary Mental Health Workers: Liz Loftus, Joanne Collins (Wyre) and Lucy Fenucciu (Fylde).

  • Promoting good mental health training is provided by the Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service. The training will be led by Dr. Richard Slinger, LEHSS Service Lead and his team within Lancaster University. These sessions are aimed at primary and secondary school, college staff, especially SENCOs, pastoral leads, mentors, or any other staff with specific responsibility for pupils’ emotional health. It is particularly relevant for schools developing a ‘Designated Lead for Mental Health’ role. Limited free places are available to staff employed by a primary, secondary or college within the Lancashire County Council area. For more information visit the lehss website.
  • Lancashire Children’s Trust. The Children and Young People's Trust has developed a Virtual Learning Environment for everyone who works with children, young people and their families across Lancashire.
  • Thrive offer a range of Foundation, Licensed, Intermediate and Advanced courses to suit professionals, parents and carers. Visit the website to find out more.
  • MIND offer training on a variety of topics. Check their website for which courses are currently running.
  • MindEd provides online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. Check their website for which courses are currently running.

North Lancashire

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Wendy Hart

  • Promoting good mental health training is provided by the Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service. The training will be led by Dr. Richard Slinger, LEHSS Service Lead and his team within Lancaster University. These sessions are aimed at primary and secondary school, college staff, especially SENCOs, pastoral leads, mentors, or any other staff with specific responsibility for pupils’ emotional health. It is particularly relevant for schools developing a ‘Designated Lead for Mental Health’ role. Limited free places are available to staff employed by a primary, secondary or college within the Lancashire County Council area. For more information visit the lehss website.
  • Lancashire Children’s Trust. The Children and Young People's Trust has developed a Virtual Learning Environment for everyone who works with children, young people and their families across Lancashire.
  • Thrive offer a range of Foundation, Licensed, Intermediate and Advanced courses to suit professionals, parents and carers. Visit the website to find out more.
  • MIND offer training on a variety of topics. Check their website for which courses are currently running.
  • MindEd provides online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. Check their website for which courses are currently running.

West Lancashire

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Dawn Meakin

  • The training course Mental Health v Behavioural Problems is offered for free by your Primary Mental Health Worker and bespoke training can also be arranged.
  • Promoting good mental health training is provided by the Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service. The training will be led by Dr. Richard Slinger, LEHSS Service Lead and his team within Lancaster University. These sessions are aimed at primary and secondary school, college staff, especially SENCOs, pastoral leads, mentors, or any other staff with specific responsibility for pupils’ emotional health. It is particularly relevant for schools developing a ‘Designated Lead for Mental Health’ role. Limited free places are available to staff employed by a primary, secondary or college within the Lancashire County Council area. For more information visit the lehss website.
  • Lancashire Children’s Trust. The Children and Young People's Trust has developed a Virtual Learning Environment for everyone who works with children, young people and their families across Lancashire.
  • Thrive offer a range of Foundation, Licensed, Intermediate and Advanced courses to suit professionals, parents and carers. Visit the website to find out more.
  • MIND offer training on a variety of topics. Check their website for which courses are currently running.
  • MindEd provides online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. Check their website for which courses are currently running.

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Blackpool

Your Primary Mental Health Workers: Helen Smith, Bethanne Bullion and Stephanie Rowe

East Lancashire

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Aliki Mavraki

  • Promoting good mental health training is provided by the Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service. The training will be led by Dr. Richard Slinger, LEHSS Service Lead and his team within Lancaster University. These sessions are aimed at primary and secondary school, college staff, especially SENCOs, pastoral leads, mentors, or any other staff with specific responsibility for pupils’ emotional health. It is particularly relevant for schools developing a ‘Designated Lead for Mental Health’ role. Limited free places are available to staff employed by a primary, secondary or college within the Lancashire County Council area. For more information visit the lehss website.
  • Lancashire Children’s Trust. The Children and Young People's Trust has developed a Virtual Learning Environment for everyone who works with children, young people and their families across Lancashire.
  • Thrive offer a range of Foundation, Licensed, Intermediate and Advanced courses to suit professionals, parents and carers. Visit the website to find out more.
  • MIND offer training on a variety of topics. Check their website for which courses are currently running.
  • MindEd provides online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. Check their website for which courses are currently running.

Greater Preston

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Shamaila Iqbal

  • Your local PMHW offers training courses on Introduction to Mental Health v Behaviour Issues, Staff Wellbeing (2 hours) and Understanding and Promoting Resilience (1.5 hours) that are free and open to school staff.
  • Promoting good mental health training is provided by the Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools Service. The training will be led by Dr. Richard Slinger, LEHSS Service Lead and his team within Lancaster University. These sessions are aimed at primary and secondary school, college staff, especially SENCOs, pastoral leads, mentors, or any other staff with specific responsibility for pupils’ emotional health. It is particularly relevant for schools developing a ‘Designated Lead for Mental Health’ role. Limited free places are available to staff employed by a primary, secondary or college within the Lancashire County Council area. For more information visit the lehss website.
  • Lancashire Children’s Trust. The Children and Young People's Trust has developed a Virtual Learning Environment for everyone who works with children, young people and their families across Lancashire.
  • Thrive offer a range of Foundation, Licensed, Intermediate and Advanced courses to suit professionals, parents and carers. Visit the website to find out more.
  • MIND offer training on a variety of topics. Check their website for which courses are currently running.
  • MindEd provides online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. Check their website for which courses are currently running.

South Cumbria

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Nikki Swan


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