Good Emotional Wellbeing

Living Well Schools brings together locally available programmes, staff training, resources and toolkits to support social and emotional wellbeing.

By helping schools to meet the wellbeing needs of students, we aim to ensure they complete their education equipped with both academic and interpersonal skills to enable them to have happy and fulfilled lives.

Below are links to mental health and wellbeing initiatives, that are currently available for schools in Bradford district.

The Thrive Framework has been used to map out services and interventions available to schools across Bradford. More details on the Thrive Framework can be found here Thrive Model

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Spotlight Programs

Mental Health Champions Plus (MHC+) – new from 2021!

What is MHC+?

MHC+ has been set up as an extension of the MHC project, and means that we can offer more tailored support to those who wish to opt in. It is for MHCs in schools who feel they are “mental health enhanced”; meaning that they are actively seeking to develop whole-school approaches to mental health and wellbeing (for example by accessing training on a range of interventions such as nurture or emotion coaching, or by signing up to the DfE Senior Mental Health Leads training).


How is being a MHC+ different to being an MHC?

As well as being able to access the support offered to MHC, MHC+s will also receive:

  • A termly training session on a particular topic, which would be run during the second half of each term to alternate with the MHC update meetings
    • MHC+ North*: Tuesday 23rd Nov (9.15-11.30)
    • MHC+ South*: Tuesday 23rd Nov (1.15-3.30)
    • MHC+ East*: Wednesday 24th Nov (9.15-11.30)
    • MHC+ West*: Wednesday 25th Nov (1.15-3.30)

*meetings are organised by area to facilitate networking and peer support, but MHC+s can attend whichever suits them best. All to be delivered virtually via MS Teams until further notice

  • There will also be termly supervision opportunities for MHC+ to discuss their role and practice in developing whole-school approaches to mental health and wellbeing. Six 45minute slots will be offered each term, with an Educational Psychologist, bookable in advance. Please note – these are not for discussing matters relating to individual pupils
    • Slots for Autumn term: Wednesday 1st December (9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm); all virtual via MS Teams

MHC+s will also be required to complete a School-Based Emotional Wellbeing Audit towards the end of the Autumn term, and again at the end of the school year, so that we can measure impact and gather feedback.



We are formally launching MHC+, alongside the other Healthy Minds projects, on the morning of Tuesday October 12th. More details of how to sign up will be given then.

For any queries, please contact

Free Online Counselling For Young People

Kooth is a free, safe and an anonymous mental health and wellbeing online service available for young people aged 10-18 across Bradford and the Bradford districts. Young people simply need to visit  Kooth and sign up to join our community. There are no waiting lists, no referrals and no problem is too big or too small for the team at Kooth.

Whether young people are looking for advice or simply aren’t feeling their best Kooth offers a range of features and tools to support.

  • Chat with our professional team of counsellors and wellbeing practitioners.   Our team are available 365 days a yearmidday to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 6pm to 10pm at weekends.
  • Magazine – A place where young people can read and contribute helpful articles, personal experiences and tips from other young people.
  • Moderated Discussion Boards – Young people can start or join a conversation with our friendly Kooth community about what is on their mind in a safe way.
  • Personal tools – Journals, goal setting tools and mini activities to help young people feel good and track progress.

Kooth is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  

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Free Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Fully-funded training for senior mental health leads in schools and FE colleges in England.

Senior mental health lead training is a major training initiative that combines the expertise of Anna Freud Centre course leaders with a valuable, engaging community of practice, to support senior mental health leads in building a sustainable, whole school approach.

All schools and FE colleges in England can now book a DfE-funded place on the training. The Department for Education have guaranteed to reserve a grant for those eligible schools and colleges who book before the grant application process is made available. This means that no matter when you book, the training will be free.

How to book

If you’d like to secure your place on our course, please follow these steps to ensure you access funding: 

  1. Check the eligibility of your school or FE college on the Department for Education’s terms and conditions 
  2. Book your place on the Bradford SMHL training 
  3. Complete the DfE grant funding notification form 
  4. When notified, apply within 2 weeks to receive funding

Dedicated Resources

Crisis toolkit

The Crisis Tools learning sits on a new publicly open website - and are presented in video and text format with accompanying downloadable guides. The four Crisis Tools learning content covers:

1. What we need you to know? - outlines key challenges and strategies that individuals need to know before they begin their interaction with a young person in crisis.
2. How to start the conversation. – features practical tips to help set up for success and build trust when supporting a young person in-person, over the phone or online.
3. So you want to talk about risk? – explores the risk conversation from a young person’s perspective, including how to get the conversation back on track when things go wrong and practical approaches.
4. How to wrap things up. – covers key tips and strategies to help end a conversation in a collaborative way that feels safe for everyone.

Who is the resource for?
The learning resource can be used by:

• mental health staff who may encounter young people in a crisis, this will include a multi-disciplinary staff group incl. non-clinical roles
• individuals working in other health and care settings such as primary care, urgent and emergency care
• individuals working in emergency response settings
• individuals working in any education settings
• students and learners who will work and are working with young people

Bradford Healthy Minds Chartermark

Support and advice to guide schools through the process of self-evaluation and action planning in order to achieve chartermark status. Schools can put themselves forward for this award programme.The focus of the Bradford Healthy Minds Chartermark is to provide an opportunity for schools and settings to showcase the development of their whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing. The outcome will ensure a school ethos of attunement, relationships and connection alongside limits, safety, structure and high expectations. The Chartermark is based on eight key principles for mental health and wellbeing as recognised by Public Health England as is the DfE Mental Health Senior Lead Training. Bradford schools undertaking the Chartermark will benefit from accessing the DfE Mental Health Senior Lead Training.

Living Well Mental Wellbeing

The following websites give support and advice to help with children and young people's mental wellbeing

Mentally Healthy Schools Resource Library

Mentally Healthy Schools brings together quality-assured mental health resources, information & advice for schools and further education settings in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff

We have put together some useful links and sources of mental health support so that children and young people, parents, carers, and school and college staff can get the advice and help they need.

Healthy Minds Wellbeing Resources

The Healthy Minds website is a place for everyone in Bradford and Craven to access local mental health and wellbeing support services, resources and information. The Wellbeing Resources cover a range of topics and provide self-help materials to help people understand and improve their thoughts and feelings.