Mental Health for Schools

Evidence suggests that incidents of mental health problems are increasing in children, with 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 experiencing a mental health problem. This is equivalent to about 3 children in every class.

In response to these statistics West Kent Mind have created MH4 Schools. This innovative project enables us to partner with schools and train staff in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Mind Fitness and Suicide Awareness and Prevention. This training focuses on early intervention and gives staff the skills and confidence to support children and young people experiencing mental health problems.

To date we have delivered our training to
6,000 students        1,250 Teachers        136 schools

This has been in 78 Primary, 48 Secondary and 7 Colleges. We estimate the total number of students who could potentially benefit from having access to trained staff extends to over 78,000.

Classroom with MH4 Schools logo


Key learning outcomes from our MH4 Schools training and workshops are:

  • MHFA youth trained staff will have increased personal confidence of how best to support young people with a mental health problem
  • MHFA youth trained staff will be better equipped to identify potential or actual mental health problems earlier and guide to the right support
  • Mind Fitness trained staff will have an understanding of the 6 ways to wellbeing and session plans and interactive activities to use when talking about mental health and wellbeing
  • Mind Fitness trained staff will be better equipped to reduce stigma and discrimination within schools
  • Staff/Pupils/Students will have a greater understanding of their own and others mental health
  • Staff/Pupils/Students will feel more comfortable talking about mental health
  • Pupils/ students will know who to talk to in their schools i.e. the Mental Health First Aid Youth trained staff, if they are worried about themselves or their friends
  • Create a sustainable culture change and ensure whole school has increased mental health resilience and literacy

We would like to work with your school.  For more information please email Lucy or call 01732 744950.

Our training includes:

  • Mental Health First Aid Youth
  • Mind Fitness Train the Trainer
  • Resilience Train the Trainer
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention
  • Mental Health Awareness Assemblies
  • Support on Wellbeing Days


Mental Health First Aid training covers depression and anxiety, suicide and psychosis, self-harm and eating disorders. It also covers other topics specific to young people that include child and adolescent development, bullying/cyber bullying, substance misuse and promoting protective factors and good parenting.

Mind Fitness Train the Trainer session plans give highly interactive and fun ways to engage children and young people in understanding more about mental health, and ways to look after their mental health. These sessions are flexible and aimed at being used throughout an academic year in amongst other already planned sessions. Insights and better understanding of mental health and fitness are achieved via props, short demonstrations and discussion.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention workshops offer an introduction to suicide, its prevalence, and some warning signs. Included is how to help someone who is having suicidal thoughts, some do’s and don’ts, and the importance of listening. There is also an opportunity for questions and discussion.

West Kent Mind and its partners want to make a sustainable change for the future and feel that these programmes have both an immediate and long term impact.

For more information about the MH4 Schools project email Lucy or call 01732 744950.

We have compiled a list of Resources for teachers and students looking for further help and support.

Click on the infographic below to download your own PDF copy.

MH4 Schools infogram