The benefits of Thrive training for Designated Mental Health Leads

7th February 2022| Blogs

Increasing a readiness to learn

According to the DfE, research suggests that an integrated and evidence-informed approach to mental health and wellbeing has an impact on readiness to learn. The government wants every school to have a designated mental health lead in place by 2025. Funding has been announced to support the necessary training. 

What is a Designated Mental Health Lead?

A Designated Senior Mental Health Lead is a trained member of staff responsible for a school's approach to mental health. They are not a trained mental health specialist. But they are equipped with the skills needed to spot, and to help others to spot, potential mental health problems. They also refer pupils to appropriate services when necessary. The Senior Mental Health Lead also offers staff advice oversees the help the school gives to pupils with mental health problems.


"Research indicates that taking a coordinated and evidence-informed approach to mental health and wellbeing leads to improved emotional health and wellbeing in children and young people, and greater readiness to learn. Schools and colleges which have taken this approach often report improved attendance, attention, behaviour and attainment."

Thrive's fully-funded, DfE quality-approved training 

Our Mental Health Lead training, has been designed specifically for Designated Senior Mental Health Leads and aligns with Public Health England's eight principles for promoting children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing.

The course provides delegates with the strategic perspective and understanding needed to embed a right-time, whole-setting approach to promoting emotional wellbeing, preventing mental health issues for all pupils and enabling them to better access learning.

Over a five-week period, in a series of webinars, highly experienced trainers will teach you how best to develop the culture and environment for the whole-school approach appropriate for your setting. 

Sign up and learn how to:

  • Understand brain development during childhood and adolescence and the incredible opportunities this presents to support learners
  • Develop in-house capacity to support building emotional resilience of all children and young people
  • Give pupils strategies for dealing with their own mental wellbeing and engaging them with their learning
  • Look after the wellbeing of staff.

Grounded in established neuroscience, child development and attachment theory, this training will ensure you are effective in your role, enable you to develop your team and the resources needed to meet the social and emotional needs of all pupils, with no one slipping through the net.

Once you have successfully completed the course, your setting will receive a £100 Thrive training voucher. This can be used to further your knowledge or to introduce a colleague from your setting to the Thrive Approach.

Over to you

The DfE remains committed to offering senior mental health lead training to all eligible state-funded schools and colleges by 2025. Keen to support the mental wellbeing of each young person in your setting? Don't miss out on funding! Click here to book onto Thrive's DfE quality-approved course. 

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