As part of the MindEd programme, The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health was commissioned to carry out the UK’s first ever comprehensive systematic review of e-Therapies and computer based applications (free and paid-for services) for the prevention and treatment of mental health problems and substance misuse in children and young people. To download the e-Therapies Review report, please visit the e-Therapies Review page.
MindEd is pleased to be a member of the Steering Group for The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition which brings together leading organisations, from across England, to form a powerful voice to campaign and lobby on issues around children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We influence Ministers, Parliamentarians and key policy makers to change policy at the highest level to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all babies, children and young people in England.
The Anna Freud Centre, working with partners, has created the Youth Wellbeing Directory (www.youthwellbeing.co.uk ) to help you find support more easily and provide useful mental health information. The directory also includes information about how you might judge what makes a good service. Whether you are a young person looking for help for yourself or someone you know, or a teacher or social worker trying to help a young person find support, the Directory provides a list of local and national organisations for anyone up the age of 25, along with important information you may find helpful.
We know that support is not one size fits all, so use this site as often as you need to, to find services that are the best fit for you. The information on this site provides a starting point to finding the right help for you or others.
It is important to note, the information is provided by the organisations themselves, and is not checked by the team behind the Youth Wellbeing Directory. We encourage all organisations who join the directory to comply with our ACE- Value Framework and encourage people to consider these when considering a service but we do not independently check all the information provided.
Place2Be is a national charity providing emotional and therapeutic services in primary and secondary schools, in England, Scotland and Wales, building children's resilience early in life through counselling, creative work and play.
We also provide training on mental health and wellbeing for teachers and other professionals who work with children and young people, so we can help to build ‘mentally healthy’ schools and communities where all children can thrive.
Making Every Contact Count is a behaviour change approach that encourages all those who have contact with the public to talk to them about their health and wellbeing. It encourages health and social care staff to use the opportunities arising during their routine interactions with patients and members of the public to have brief conversations on how they might make positive improvements to their health or wellbeing, including mental health.
Health Education England’s Making Every Contact Count website provides a library of resources to support training, implementation and evaluation and messages from national leaders about why MECC is important. The tools enable our health and care workforce to help and encourage the patients and carers they engage with on a daily basis, to make healthier choices. e-learning materials are also signposted to that can be used for staff training on MECC and its approaches.
You can also find out about Health Education England’s work on Making Every Contact Count on their website.
There are an estimated 2m young people in the UK significantly impacted by parental mental illness and who exhibit symptoms such as anxiety, depression and social isolation.
Our ‘Who Cares?’ project has been developed to respond to their needs. By working with, and within schools it is able both to reach the affected children requiring direct support, and to create a supportive, knowledgeable and needs-aware environment within the school that perpetuates the support for these young people.
Our material includes:
Face-to-face and on-line training for teachers and school staff
Curriculum materials for whole-school cohorts about mental illness to improve awareness and reduce stigma
A ‘survival skills’ package for children affected by a parent with mental illness
For more information please visit our website http://kidstimefoundation.org/who-cares/
During the authoring of the MindEd programme many of the authors were provided with background reading in the form of the book:
Where There Is No Child Psychiatrist: A mental healthcare manual
Valsamma Eapen, Philip Graham and Shoba Srinath
This very helpful book is available from the Royal College of Psychiatrists through their 'Useful Resources' web page, here:
The following materials have been created to help you to encourage your colleagues or members to access the MindEd e-learning programme and improve the knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent mental health in your organisation.
Poster: Download the poster then print and display in communal staff areas, e.g. staff room notice boards.
Infographic: Download the infographic poster illustrating the results of the MindEd mental health awareness poll. Print and display in your communal staff areas.
Download these leaflets then print and display, or upload to your intranet and attach to email bulletins.
Leaflet 1: Download this leaflet to promote MindEd for Professionals and Volunteers
Leaflet 2: Download this leaflet to promote MindEd for Families
Web banners: Upload these to your intranet or staff email bulletins and link to www.minded.org.uk.
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Videos: You can download or embed any of the MindEd video resources, including the MindEd story, presentations and interviews, from our YouTube channel MindEdUK.
We also offer the option for organisations to recommend a selection of the MindEd e-learning resources to their workforce/membership through the creation of a tailored ‘MindEd Learning Path’. This is a page, accessible to registered MindEd users, dedicated to your organisation’s recommended e-learning, with links to your website, images, videos and other resources.
If you have any questions about the promotional resources, or would like to speak to us about building a learning path, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Children's Bureau (NCB) evaluation of the MindEd e-learning portal ended in Spring 2015.
This evaluation covered the parts of the portal available at the time including Core Content, the Healthy Child Programme and Counselling MindEd.
Overall, one of the evaluation's key conclusions is that MindEd has been generally welcomed across sectors and is seen as a resource that has the potential to build knowledge and understanding of children and young people's mental health and emotional wellbeing across all services that work with children and young people. Various recommendations for improvements and further developments are also made and these are being addressed as part of the next stage.
To find out more, download the full report.
Alongside the main Evaluation report a separate evaluation of Counselling MindEd was commissioned, as part of that funding stream, managed by the BACP. The final report drew similar and related conclusions to the main report, along with some specific recommendations for the BACP.
To find out more, download the report.