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Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme

Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme

Gain a deeper understanding of mental health by joining our online Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme. You can take the programme as an introduction to mental health or use it as a tool to refresh your existing knowledge.


Our CPD-certified Mental Health Champions Foundation programme is an award-winning online children’s mental health training course developed from our work in schools. The programme aims to:

  • enhance your understanding of children’s mental health
  • introduce approaches that foster positive wellbeing in schools and communities
  • focus on supporting you and your mental health around your placement.

The course is suitable for people working with children and young people of any age.

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

Key information

  • Length:
  • 5-week online programme
  • Frequency:
  • 1–1.5 hours per week to be completed at a time convenient to you
  • National Institute of Teaching  - FREE 04 Mar 2024

Course details

  • You will have a dedicated Place2Be professional to join discussions and aid online learning
  • A 5-week programme 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 wellbeing
  • CPD Certified



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 communicate about their underlying needs.

4. Mental health: everybody’s business

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


Once you complete the Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme, you will also gain immediate access to the Place2Be Staffroom, a dedicated space to access additional resources, tips and learning.

In the Staffroom, you can: 

  • Gain access to new materials and tools to foster positive wellbeing in schools
  • Access projects from Place2Be’s Art Room to use with children in school
  • View live webinars and questions and answer sessions on a host of mental health issues 
  • Continue to learn about the mental health of the whole school and communityapproach
  • Share your experiences and tips with your colleagues across the UK 


The Mental Health - Foundations programme is CPD (Continuing professional development) certified.

CPD certified - the CPD Certification Service

We were nominated for UK Charity Award in the Children and Youth category 2022.

We are a Learning Partner of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Chartered College of Teaching logo

We were a Gold Winner for the Best learning and technologies project - public and non-profit sector at the Learning Technologies Awards 2022.

Learning Technologies Awards 2022 Gold Award

Find out more

Please take a look at our frequently asked questions (FAQs). If you require more information, please email mhc@place2be.org.uk


Thank you for a most meaningful learning experience; the best resource acquired on my teacher training course so far!

Student teacher in Edinburgh on Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme.

Counsellor with child who is smiling in school

Book now

Please make sure you register for the correct course. On the day the course begins, you will receive an email inviting you to join our learning platform. That is where you will find all resources you need to complete the programme.

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