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Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme

Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme

Join our online Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme to gain a deeper understanding of Mental Health. This online course can be an introduction or a refresher.

Programme Update

We have now reached full capacity for this academic year. We will be offering the course free to qualified teachers and classroom-based staff in England and Scotland from September - book your place now. For other locations, trainee or student-teacher organisations or youth workers, please register your interest to be notified when we have further details. 


This online children’s mental health training course developed from our work in schools enhances professionals’ understanding of children’s mental health and introduces approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools and communities. This course is suitable for people working with children and young people of any age, including primary and secondary. 

93% feel that the course has increased their capacity to lead a positive approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Course details

  • You will have a dedicated Place2Be professional to join discussions and aid online learning
  • 5-week programme with regular start dates for you to choose from
  • Broken down into 15 minute sections to fit around your day (1–1.5 hours per week total)
  • No fixed timings - you can access the programme via any device and work through it at a time to suit you
  • Helps support your own wellbeing


1. Understanding mental health & wellbeing

We introduce factors that contribute to positive mental health and wellbeing.

2. Nature and nurture

We explore how early experiences shape the way we perceive ourselves and relate to others, and how those experiences create the pathways in the brain that support our development. 

3. How can I help?

We consider what a child’s behaviour might be communicating about their underlying needs.

4. Mental health: everybody’s business

We reflect on the importance of positive mental health for everyone with a focus on the adults around a child.  


Complete the programme and receive an invite to our free online community, the Place2Be Staffroom. You will have access to new materials and tools to foster positive wellbeing in schools including free webinars on a host of mental health issues. 


We are CPD certified.

Find out more

For more information, please email mhc@place2be.org.uk


Frequently Asked Questions



What I really liked about the training was that it didn't just give you the theory, but provided lots of ways to put this theory into practice...I also found the discussion element — where other teachers gave their feedback – really helpful

Teacher on Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme.

Counsellor with child who is smiling in school

Book now

Book now for free for UK qualified teachers and support staff on a permanent contract within UK schools.

We hope to offer this to other professional who work with schools on a part-time basis or ad-hoc within the next year and are adapting the programme for youth workers. Please contact us for group and individual prices and to find out more.

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