Mental Health



Lorraine is an accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor and is available to deliver the 2 day MHFA training course to individuals or groups within schools/colleges.

What is Mental Health First Aid? Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.At MHFA England we offer a range of courses tailored for people who teach, work, live with and care for young people aged 8 to 18. The courses can be attended by anyone from age 16 upwards. Each and every MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor.


Mental Health Awareness Week 

The MH awareness week runs from  10th – 16th May 2021. This year the theme is Nature. Research from The Mental Health Foundation found that during the pandemic going for walks outside was one of the top coping strategies and 45% of people reported that being in green spaces had been vital to their mental health. 

We hope that very soon some of the restrictions will be eased and this will ensure that we can once again get outside and enjoy the world around us with friends and family.
During Mental Health Awareness Week we are all being asked to #connectwithnature and I have put together a list of resources that will help you and your children to do just that.


Forthcoming Course: Online Youth Mental Health First Aid Programme

The Online Youth Mental Health First Aid programme is a blended approach of individual learning and four instructor led sessions.

The cost of the training is £300 and each delegate will receive a manual and a workbook and after successful completion of the four sessions a MHFA certificate.

There are four half day sessions plus some independent study.

Please express your interest using the contact form and we will send you further information.





Online Youth Mental Health Aware – Half Day Course

The Online Youth Mental Health Aware training is for all staff working with children and young people.

It is delivered through an interactive instructor-led live session, where you will learn:

  • What mental health is and how to challenge stigma
  • An introduction to some common mental health issue
  • Confidence to support someone who may be experiencing mental ill health
  • Ways to look after your own mental health and support wellbeing

The course lasts for 4 hours.

The cost of this training is £75 to include a manual, workbook and certificate on completion.

More dates coming soon!

Please express your interest using the contact form and we will send you further information.


If you would like Lorraine to deliver a Mental Health First Aid course on your behalf Click Here


Youth Mental Health First Aider – Two Day course

Completing the two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Youth Mental Health First Aiders have:

– An in depth understanding of youngpeople’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing

– Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues –

– Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress

-Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening

-Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support – whether that’s through self-help sites, their place of learning, the NHS, or a mix – engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate

– Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive

– Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing

The course is delivered in four manageable chunks:

– About mental health

– Depression and anxiety

– Suicide and psychosis

– Self-harm and eating disorders

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting.

Everyone who completes the course gets a Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it, and a certificate to say they are a qualified Youth Mental Health First Aider.


Youth  (MHFA) Champion – One Day Course

The MHFA one day course qualifies you as a Youth MHFA Champion.

Youth MHFA champions have:

  • An understanding of common mental health issues and how they affect young people
  • The ability to recognise signs of mental ill health in young people and guide then to a place of support
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness
  • Skills to support positive wellbeing

The day includes a mix of presentations, group discussions and workshop activities.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A Youth MHFA manual to refer to whenever they need it
  • A certificate of attendance to say they are a Youth MHFA Champion





Mental Health Leads – New training course for 2020

Practical help for Mental Health Leads in Schools

With the statutory duty on schools to deliver health and well-being education to all pupils from September 2020 and the new Ofsted framework placing a great deal of emphasis on personal development, the Mental Health Lead will need to train and upskill all staff to enable them to deliver high quality teaching in this area.

Train the Trainer Training

This one day course will enable delegates to use and navigate the Wellbeing Toolkit for Mental Health Leads in Schools and will give them an opportunity to understand how the Toolkit works and how to deliver high quality training to all staff, using the modules, once they are back in their school.


 What is The Wellbeing Toolkit for Mental Health Leads in Schools?

The Wellbeing Toolkit is a comprehensive training resource to support the Mental Health Lead in delivering emotional wellbeing in education and social care settings. The Toolkit, produced by:

Dr Tina Rae,

Dr Amy Such

and Dr Jo Wood

contains 20 practical and accessible modules which provide all of the necessary resources to enable you to maintain and enhance the well-being of the children and young people that you nurture and support, while also developing staff confidence and whole-school approaches which will support the wellbeing of the whole school community.

Lorraine who has been delivering SEND and Mental Health training in schools and local authorities for over 15 years states that:

“I believe that this Toolkit will give schools everything they need to deliver high quality social, emotional and wellbeing training to all staff.  I have developed this Train the Trainer programme to ensure that all Mental Health Leads feel confident and prepared to be able to deliver the modules in their school.”

Lorraine will deliver at least four of the modules from the Toolkit and offer support and advice on how best to present them back in school.

All delegates receive a FREE copy of the Toolkit worth £124.99 .

To find out more about the Toolkit Click Here

Lorraine will be delivering a virtual course on the Toolkit on 7th  and 14th September 2020 (10.00-15.15) at a cost of £150.00 per delegate to include a free copy of the Toolkit.   

Click Here to reserve a place

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