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Scotland's SEE ME campaign

Scotland's SEE ME campaign has produced some fantastic clips for young people that can spark discussion.

Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

Dove are aiming to work with young girls / women to promote positive self esteem.  They have produced three good clips that could be used to spark debate about body image / eating disorders etc  They are called Amy Evolution & Onslaught. 


Parental Mental Illness

The Wise Mouse - written by Virginia Ironside and illustrated by Nick Sharratt aims to help 5 to 11 year-olds understand what is happening to a family member who may be experiencing a mental illness.


Samaritans videos


Developing emotional awareness and listening videos for schools.

Samaritan's Doodle Campaign

Samaritans launched its new ’Doodle’ Campaign on 8th November 2006, aimed at showing young people that Samaritans will support them whatever their problem is - and that it’s better to call sooner, rather than to allow a problem to develop into more of a crisis. The ’doodle’ concept for the winter campaign was selected by young people interviewed in focus groups as the most honest and truthful demonstration of their emotional state.

To view YouTube Videos from within a Hertfordshire school you need to have web filtering, Web Factor 1 set up.

* Please note as You Tube is unregulated people can post all manner of other videos related to this topic.  Please ensure that you only view the Doodle Campaign)

Information for Professionals & Factsheets



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The Hertfordshire CAMHS Transformation plan proposes a new approach to supporting the emotional and mental health of children, young people and families in Hertfordshire.


NSPCC Schools Service

Speak out Stay Safe programme offers a presentation in assembly for children aged 5-11. Pupils learn about the different types of abuse, in a child-friendly and age appropriate way, so they can get help if or when they need it. They learn how to identify a trusted adult they can talk to if they're ever worried about themselves or a friend. And they learn about Childline, and how it can support them.


This is followed by a 1-hour classroom workshop for children in Years 5 and 6 to explore the topics in more detail using engaging exercises to look at different situations and decide what's OK and what's not OK.



Children’s Workforce in Hertfordshire


Within the current context, professionals and services may be or feel less accessible.  Change is happening around us all the time.  In such circumstances, it is important that we have some of our own resources to employ to continue to support those we work with confidently.  For these reasons, a set of Values and Guiding Principles for responding to the emotional wellbeing needs of children and young people has been developed to maintain the momentum and diligence with which the Children’s Workforce in Hertfordshire support their charges.  We hope you find them helpful.


Coping with Crisis

A series of leaflets 'Coping with Crises in Schools' and 'When Someone we Know Dies'

- A guide for school staff - taking care of your school, taking care of yourself
- Handling a traumatic event
- Helping a bereaved child
- The grieving process

When someone we know dies - Understanding your feelings for older children

When someone we know dies - Understanding your feelings for younger children

All leaflets are available to download from the H&S section on critical incidents at:

Early Intervention Psychosis Service

The Hertfordshire Early Intervention Psychosis Service can be accessed via CAMHS but any teacher or relative can contact the service if they have concerns about an individual for advice. The service works with 14 to 35 year olds. Young people over seventeen and a half can access the service directly. Psychosis refers to thought disturbance, hearing voices, delusions and hallucinations but we can all be more aware of the early warning signs and access support in a timely way.

These downloads include a leaflet about the Herts service as well as a document detailing what you can expect from them. A booklet by Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust provides information about psychosis.

About the Early Intervention Psychosis Service
What Happens Next:

What do you really know about Psychosis:

A Visitors Guide to Psychosis:

Mental Health Foundation

Support with mental health problems



The MindEd programme is funded by the Department of Health and developed and written by experts in child and mental health.

This free web resource encourages all professionals interacting with children and young people to become more skilled in dealing with young people's mental health concerns.


NHS: Step 2

Step2 is an 0-19 Early Intervention service consisting of a small team of professionals with a wide range of experiences and skills in child mental health emotional wellbeing. The Step2 Team will work with you to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing outcomes for young people in Hertfordshire.

Royal College of Psychiatrists Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Contains information for young people, parents and carers, about young people's mental health.


The Samaritans have developed some excellent resources for schools

Understanding Childhood

Understanding Childhood has a number of really good leaflets for professionals, some of which can be given to parents. 

Young Minds

Young Minds is the national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.  Their website is an excellent source of information for anyone working with children and young people.

Some of the leaflets available to download include:

Topics by A - Z



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Advice and support on keeping children safe from abuse

Anxiety & stress

Homework & Exams




This leaflet can be given to parents to offer ways in which they can talk to their children about death.

(Hard copies may be available from Health Promotion)

This story book can be used with children by parents and professionals to talk about death.

(Hard copies may be available from Health Promotion)

Winston's Wish is a charity that supports bereaved children and young people and their families.  

They have a fantastic range of resources to help support those who have been bereaved.

The Child Bereavement Trust have a host of leaflets for parents, children and young people who have had a bereavement.

The Child Psychotherapy Trust have also developed an excellent leaflet for parents and professionals on the understanding of death through the ages.  It looks at what children and young people understand and how grief may affect them.


Hertfordshire Grid for Learning Anti-Bullying resources


Young Minds have a number of excellent leaflets on depression in children and young people.


Leaflets These leaflets are suitable for children and young people and families going through a divorce / separation.

Drugs & Alcohol

Hertfordshire Grid for Learning - Drug and alcohol education

Nutrition / Eating Disorders

Royal College of Psychiatrists' advice on eating disorders for young people

Young Minds have produced a useful guide for young people.

Beat Eating Disorders


Psychosis is a term used to describe conditions which affect the mind, where there has been some loss of contact with reality.  When this occurs it is called a psychotic episode.

Self Esteem

Improve your self esteem gives a couple of suggestions for Feelin’ Good. 

Body Talk

Dove as part of their campaign for real beauty have developed the following resources to support young women develop self esteem.


Self Harm



Self-harm and Suicide

A Guide for Staff Working With Children and Young People in Hertfordshire

This guidance is intended for use by anyone working with children and young people up to the age of 18 or 25 for those with learning difficulties or disabilities in Hertfordshire. It has been developed via a multi agency working group and aims to offer an informed and systematic approach to addressing the needs of children and young people at risk of self-harm or suicide. It also sets out to ensure that children and young people gain appropriate support, and are assessed and referred appropriately where needed.

Young Carers

A young carer is a person under the age of 18 years who provides care for another person, most commonly a parent or brother or sister, because that person has an illness or disability, mental health problem or problems with addiction to alcohol or drugs.

For Parents



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There is a wealth of literature for Parents and most of the above would be very useful for them too.

The following are a selection of leaflets or sites available for download that are specifically for parents:

Family Life (formerly Parentline Plus)

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. We're here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our free Parentline. Whatever your family role or situation, we can help.    

Prevention of young suicide

Postnatal Depression
A problem for all the family 




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Emotional Development

These posters produced by Gloria Holland (Stevenage ESC) & Dr Josephine-Joy Wright (Stevenage CAMHS) and drawn by young people make colourful reading. 

They are designed to tell you what is and is not okay in terms of child and adolescent emotional development.

Feelin' Good Poster

This was developed during the first Feelin' Good Week.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Foundation have also produced this simple poster:
Ways to Look after your mental health.


Need to talk to your parents?
Not sure how?

Tools for GPs



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Tools for GPs

Tools for GPsThe emotional and mental health of children and young people is often a cause of concern for professionals and parents alike.

These tools were created to give guidance to universal services to have a better understanding and clarity about how to manage common issues that families face and who to go to for support.

Tools for GPs

Teaching Resources



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Sleep Factor Lesson Plans

Dear WQM colleagues,  I just thought I would let you know about a new resource and guidance from the PSHE association, you don’t have to be a member to access it.

It fits in very well with the new Health Education draft curriculum which states pupils should be taught about the benefits of daily exercise, good nutrition and sufficient sleep.  
The draft states pupils should know : ‘the importance of sufficient good quality sleep for good health and that a lack of sleep can affect weight, mood and ability to learn.’

The PSHE Association guidance accompanies three lessons exploring the importance of healthy sleep. The lessons aim to raise awareness of the impact of quality sleep, and to equip young people with the skills and strategies they need to get better sleep. One lesson has been designed for key stage 2, looking at changes to sleep patterns during puberty; one for key stage 3, encouraging healthy sleep habits; and one for key stage 4 — which addresses the impact of the shift in adolescent sleep patterns.

Best wishes

Considerations when preparing to teach mental health

The Feelin' Good Day lesson plan looks at promoting resilience and identifying positive coping strategies.  This can be used with Primary or Secondary aged children.

BACP have produced this excellent set of worksheets for use with young people aged 14-16.

They can be used in a variety of settings and cover a wealth of subjects relating to mental health.

The Mentality Action Sheets are great for using with the younger age groups.

The Feel Good factor is a resource for use at playtimes.  It contains 7 playtime games that promote positive mental health with full guidance notes.

Samaritans DEAL
(Developing emotional awareness and learning) programme helps schools develop the skills that young people aged 14 to 16  need to cope with Life’s challenges and develop their emotional health and wellbeing.

Useful Web Links




Act for Change

Act for Change is a unique and interactive educational programme that links historical facts about the Holocaust and other genocides to the social reality and experiences of living in today's society. They have a lot of experience of working in schools helping with RE/PSHE/History/ Citizenship curriculum

Bristol Crisis Service for Women

Although based in Bristol the service offers support to girls and women across the country with a particular emphasis on those who self harm. Their website contains a variety of resources for those who self harm and those trying to support them.

Helpline: 0117 925 1119

Friday & Saturday 9pm-12.30am & Sunday 6pm-9pm

Bullying UK

Excellent website containing hints and advice on all types of bullying. Email Service available 24hrs, 365 days a year.

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at young men aged between 15-35. The campaign offers help, information and advice via a phone and web service. It is a very good source of information and support and very user friendly.

Child Bereavement Trust

Charity for grieving families. The website contains information for families, young people and professionals. They offer training and resources for schools to enable them to support young people and their families through bereavement.


Childline's helpline is available 24hrs a day, 365 days a year for any child or young person who needs to talk. The website contains useful information, links and resources for young people and schools.

Tel: 0800 1111

Counselling in Schools Service

We provide qualified, quality assured arts therapist and counsellors to work in schools across Hertfordshire with children and young people aged 5-19 years.  The counselling service is for any child or young person who is experiencing difficulty, either long or short term. Children and young people are involved in the setting of aims, deciding what they would like from their sessions and are involved in the evaluation process. The counselling service offers one to one counselling, in a confidential setting on school premises, which is voluntarily entered into by the child or young person. The service can respond to request for counselling from schools within two weeks, and will offer both short and long term support.


Depression in Teenagers Young People's Unit - NHS Lothian

This excellent interactive website is aimed at teenagers. It has a number of activities to help young people with self-help tips, advice on helping friends, and suggestions of where to go for further information, advice and support.

Family Lives

The website is an excellent source of information on a variety of parenting issues and has downloadable resources, there are a number of excellent leaflets on divorce and separation as well as information on dealing with new families. There are a number of local initiatives in Hertfordshire such as Parenting courses and outreach work.


Muslim Youth Helpline



Princess Royal Trust for Carers: Young Carers Website

An excellent website offering advice and information to young carers.


Samaritans website, full of information, leaflets and resources for those working with young people

Stevenage World Forum for Ethnic Communities

Area covered: North Herts & Stevenage What services are offered? Group and individual counselling is offered for ages 12 to adult. It is a specialist service for people from black & minority ethnic groups. Self-referrals are accepted.

Tel: 01438 369600

The Hideout

The first national website to support children and young people living with domestic violence, or those wanting to help a friend. The site informs children and young people and offers sources of help.

The Living Room (Stevenage)


Area covered: Mostly North Herts What services are offered? Group and one to one counselling available at this specialist addiction service. The service is available Mon-Fri 9.30-5pm for those aged 13 years and over. Referrals are accepted from the NHS, Friends and Family and young people themselves.

Tel: 01438 355649

The Place 2 Be


The Place2Be delivers a range of services directly to children, parents and teachers in primary schools. They also offer training for volunteers, staff and adults working with children.

Worried Need 2 Talk?

This website for young people is supported by the NSPCC & Childline. It contains information and advice on staying safe.

Young Minds


This site contains excellent downloadable information for children and young people, professionals and parents on topics such as depression, bullying, self-harm and parental mental illness. There is a helpline for Parents (although any professional with a concern about a child’s mental /emotional health can call for advice).


Youth Talk

Area covered: St Albans district area What services are offered? Youth Talk provides a generic youth counselling service for 14-25 year olds. Referrals can be made either by the young person themselves or by the GP. There is also a Young Parents support service. The service is open daily by appointment and there is also a weekly drop in service.

Tel: 01727 868684