Healthier Futures Barnsley

Emotional health plays a central role in children’s mental, psychological and cognitive development, as well as their general health. Good emotional and mental health and wellbeing is important in helping to:

  • strengthen children’s capacity for relationships
  • improve educational attainment
  • promote social inclusion
  • expand opportunities
  • improve general health and wellbeing

Promoting positive mental health is key to healthy child development. It helps children to build positive social, emotional, behaviour, thinking and communication skills. It also lays the foundation for better mental health and wellbeing later in life.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Barnsley has seen a significant increase in demand for emotional health and wellbeing services. Schools are well-placed for the early identification of needs and preventative work within the curriculum. The resources below can support you as a school to embed and promote positive emotional wellbeing and upskill pupils and staff on how to understand and manage the emotions they experience.

Good emotional health and wellbeing helps children to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them. It allows them to grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:

  • being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • having time and freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • being part of a family that gets along well most of the time
  • going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its students
  • taking part in local activities

Resources for all ages

Resource Organisation Description
Whole school community approach to online safety training National Online Safety Meets the statutory online safety safeguarding duties in the Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2021 guidance. Also includes topics such as bullying, online relationships, dark web, etc.
Mental health resources MindEd Free resources on children, young people, adults and older people's mental health.
Mental health and behaviour in schools GOV.UK How schools can support pupils whose mental health problems manifest themselves in behaviour.
Transforming children and young people's mental health provision GOV.UK What the government wants to do to help children and young people with their mental health.
Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges GOV.UK Help you can get to develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Open Up Directory Chilypep Gathers data to create the Open Up Interactive Map. It showcases Barnsley's wellbeing and youth work organizations catered to young individuals.

Resources for primary

Resource Organisation Description
Chilypep mental health training Chilypep Chilypep deliver a range of mental health training courses to schools and colleges. These include: youth and adult mental health first aid, applied suicide interventions skills training (ASIST), and safeTALK. They also deliver bespoke training to suit your needs.

Resources for secondary

Resource Organisation Description
Mental health champions foundation programme Place2Be Free online children's mental health training course. Suitable for people working with children and young people of any age.
Place2Be school resources Place2Be Lesson plans and assemblies on a range of topics including exam stress, return to school and creative wellbeing.
No harm done Young Minds Guidance to aid professionals in taking the first steps towards helping a child or young person who is self-harming.
Supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools Anna Freud What to do if you're worried about a child or young person in your school. Includes information on a range of topics such as anxiety, low mood and self-harm.
Five steps to mental health and wellbeing Anna Freud Framework to help you decide on your approach to mental health and wellbeing in five simple steps.
Mentally healthy schools Anna Freud Mental health resources and advice for schools and further education settings.
Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges DfE Help you can get to develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Transforming children
and young people’s
mental health
DfE Sets out the ambition to ensure that children and young people showing early signs of distress are always able to access the right help, in the right setting, when they need it.
Beat - online training Beat Advice and training on eating disorders. eLearning, webinars and weekly Q and A sessions.

Local support services

Organisation Description
Compass Mental Health Support Team (MHST) Barnsley MHST, delivered by Compass, works with children, young people and families in education settings in Barnsley. They provide free, confidential support, help and advice for pupils, students and schools for issues related to mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Barnsley CAMHS NHS child and adolescent mental health service in Barnsley.
Barnsley Virtual Family Hub Local service offers where schools, children and adults can find out about how to access help and support.
Chilypep Chilypep is a local empowerment project working with and for young people. It gives young people the confidence, influence and platform to shape their world and stay connected. Chilypep also offer training on a range of topics relating to wellbeing.
Kooth Online mental health and emotional wellbeing service for to children and young people in Barnsley aged 11 to 25. It offers a free, safe, anonymous online community that's accessible 24/7 365 days a year. It provides discussion forums, resources and access to chat sessions with counsellors and wellbeing practitioners.