Healthy Minds

The mental health of children and young people, specifically that they have the resilience and support to flourish in the modern world, is a priority for Learn Sheffield. It is a key aspect of the readiness theme in the Sheffield Priorities as well as a focus for local and central government. Learn Sheffield is working closely with Sheffield City Council and the CCG (NHS Clinical Commissioning Unit) to ensure that the Healthy Minds project and other opportunities are made available to Sheffield schools and academies.

The Healthy Minds Project is an opportunity for CAMHS and schools to work together to support a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing alongside other key partners such as Educational Psychology, MAST, SEND and School Nursing. The links below provide additional information about the roll out of Healthy Minds in Sheffield and other information, resources and opportunities in relation to child and adolescent mental health to support Sheffield educational professionals.

Healthy Minds Overview

Healthy Minds 2018-19 Cohort Healthy Minds 2017-18 Cohort Healthy Minds Pilot Student Wellbeing Resource Growing Mindful Pilot Training & Resources

Training & Resources

sheffield LTP Sheffield’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy for Children and Young People.

Free mental health training Free mental health training for 2017/18 funded by the Sheffield CCG for Sheffield education providers - limited places.

Let's Talk Directory A very helpful guide to emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people in Sheffield.

Resources for Professionals
Sheffield Young Carers website contains resources for professionals supporting young carers in Sheffield...

Not the only one Chilypep & STAMP are raising awareness of mental health issues through their 'Not The Only One' campaign. Also catch them on Facebook.

Healthy Minds 2017-18 Cohort

The Healthy Minds Project is an opportunity for CAMHS and schools to work together to support a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing alongside other key partners such as Educational Psychology, MAST, SEND and School Nursing. Following a successful pilot a cohort of schools, listed below, have been recruited to take part in the project in 2017/2018, some starting in September 2017 and some in January 2018. The schools who were successful in bidding to join this cohort come from across the city.

2017/18 Schools List - September 2017

  • Acres Hill Primary School
  • Angram Bank Primary School
  • Arbourthorne Primary School
  • Beck Primary School
  • E-Act Pathways Academy
  • Ecclesfield Primary School
  • Fir Vale School
  • Gleadless Primary School
  • High Hazels Academy
  • Hucklow Primary School
  • Manor Lodge Primary School
  • Mansel Primary School
  • Meynell Primary School
  • Oasis Fir Vale Academy
  • Oasis Watermead Academy
  • Owler Brook Primary School
  • Pipworth Primary School
  • Sheffield Springs Academy
  • Silverdale School
  • St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Thomas More Catholic Primary School
  • Tinsley Meadows Primary School
  • Watercliffe Meadow Primary School

January 2018

  • Bankwood Primary School
  • Birley Primary Academy
  • Birley Spa Primary Academy
  • Bradfield Dungworth Primary School
  • Brightside NI School
  • Concord Junior School
  • Dore Primary School
  • Emmanuel Junior School
  • Firth Park Academy
  • Halfway Junior School
  • Hinde House 2-16 School
  • Limpsfield Junior School
  • Lower Meadow Primary School
  • Mundella Primary School
  • Sharrow Primary School
  • St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School
  • Stocksbridge High School
  • Stocksbridge Junior School
  • Wharncliffe Side Primary School
  • Wincobank NI School
  • Woodseats Primary School

Healthy Minds 2018-19 Cohort

In 2018/19 a further 40 places are available for primary and secondary schools in Sheffield. The application window is open now and runs until 5pm on Friday 20 October 2017. This has been designed to give schools an extended period, including the summer, to apply. We will, naturally, be re-sending this at the start of next term and during the autumn first half term. Any schools who would like feedback from a previous application or who would like to discuss a new application should contact me so that I can arrange for this to happen.

The application guidance and the application form can be found on the Learn Sheffield website.

Applications will be assessed by a panel after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified week commencing Monday 4th December 2017.

Growing Mindful Pilot

Learn Sheffield has secured funding for a primary school pilot called ‘Growing Mindful’ which will trial three approaches to developing mindfulness in school with children across the primary age range.

Further information about the project, including the application information can be found on the Learn Sheffield website. The deadline for application is Friday 22 September.

Mindful Project

A primary school
mindfulness pilot project
in 2017/2018

Student Wellbeing Resource

The resource has been developed by Learn Sheffield, Sheffield City Council and a range of providers to support schools to meet the needs of vulnerable pupils. It provides information about a range of barriers that children and young people may face.

Each section provides an overview of the barriers, some best practice advice, and links to available resources and local provision.

Introduction Downloads Bereavement Body Image & Self-Esteem Bullying Children in Care and Care Leavers Child Sexual Exploitation Domestic Abuse Eating Disorders Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Forced Marriage Gender Equality Healthy Relationships Honour Based Violence Housing & Supported Accommodation LGBT+ Young People Menstruation Mental Health Online Safety Prevent & Radicalisation Sexual Abuse Sexual Consent Sexual Health Substance Use/Misuse Young Carers Youth Crime


We are all becoming increasingly aware of the impact of students’ emotional wellbeing on their attendance and attainment at school, and the growing pressure on staff to provide support to students facing a range of issues around mental health, relationships and risky behaviour.

School staff are constantly faced with children and young people’s wellbeing needs arising from complex family or care environments, peer relationships and the challenges of their developmental phase and emerging identity.

Information on topics which may impact on students’ wellbeing has been compiled by partner organisations with pointers for best practice and resources that schools can draw on to provide a whole school approach, targeted or individual support.

This is intended as a complimentary offer to the Healthy Minds framework which is being rolled out across Sheffield primary and secondary schools in phases.

Healthy Minds Framework

The Sheffield Healthy Minds Framework focuses on developing a positive mental health culture in schools by providing schools with in-reach from Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). The focus of the in-reach is on providing whole school training on mental health, as well as targeted training for key members of staff such as pastoral teams, the contents of this training is tailored to a school’s individual needs.

By embedding a whole-school approach to mental health, the framework aims to not only prevent emotional wellbeing and mental health issues from escalating, but to also make it easier for the most vulnerable children and young people to be supported.

If you are a Healthy Minds school, please work with your CAMHS link person when reviewing the student wellbeing offer and considering potential commissions. This will help ensure that you get the best service for your school.

Youth Information and Counselling Service (YIACS)

As part of our local transformation plan we have also developed a YIACS service called Door 43 at Star House through Sheffield Futures. Door 43 will provide a central hub of co-located services which young people age 13- 25 can access. The delivery of the service is through an innovative partnership between the statutory and voluntary sector, led by Sheffield Futures. The services on offer include a range of areas including emotional wellbeing, sexual health, substance misuse, employment information and independent living support.

Wellbeing Café

Door 43 includes a Wellbeing Café. This café will provide a safe space for young people who feel like they are at risk of a mental health crisis to go to, in order to receive support, advice and guidance. The café will be linked to Door 43 to make it easy for a young person who presents at the Wellbeing Café to access the range of services which form part of the YIACS.

Future in Mind Training Offer

Free mental health training Schools can access emotional health and wellbeing workforce development training by third sector partners from September 2017 to July 2018 including Youth Mental Health First Aid, Flower 125 (emotional wellbeing programme targeting primary school students), emotional attachment needs, and specialist support for students with eating disorders, LGBT+ students and students who self-harm.

The Multi-Agency Support Team MAST Core Offer

The MAST core offer will be a useful resource and is available on the website:

MAST offers support to families where there are issues such as the following:

  • Children who are missing school
  • Children at risk of entering or re-entering children’s social care
  • Children and adults with emotional and mental health issues
  • Children with behavioural problems
  • Families affected by domestic abuse
  • Families affected by substance misuse
  • Families experiencing poverty, at risk of homelessness or long term unemployment
  • Families with needs around parenting

This support is offered: Through advice and self-help guidance via locality based appointment-led Advice Sessions that offer immediate advice and guidance on the 4 key areas of the Core Offer, and signposting for any additional services. Families can also access themed advice workshops on specific areas. This will also include Parenting Seminars on a range of topics.

Through Professional discussion and referral at Early Help Gateway Meetings in localities with agreed limited-time worker help being provided at an early stage, that includes support for assessment and escalation to specialist services.

Through an assessment-led professional referral to Early Help screening where a holistic picture and action plan will be created and supported, through the delivery of solution focused intervention by a whole family key worker.

Students may also find the CAMHS resource for peer support Epic Friends useful:

Epic Friends offers advice on various issues such as depression, bullying, family problems, self-harm, eating disorders and anxiety, and gives guidance on when to seek help and support.

There are many other areas that we could have included in the Student Wellbeing offer, but we had to draw a line to get the information out to schools. We welcome your feedback on the contents and will respond with updates including new subjects if there is a demand.

The mental health section could be broken down into several pages on self-harm, risk of suicide, ADHD, ASD etc, which are referred to but not in detail. We also considered the importance of sleep and nutrition, which the school nurse and MAST can help with.

Some local organisations offer training and workforce development as well as support for children and young people. Resources for PSHE on these subjects are available on-line:

There is useful information, advice and resources for schools on the Safeguarding Sheffield Children website.

Quality Standards

All the organisations included in the resources section have signed up to the following quality standards. Learn Sheffield and Sheffield City Council are not responsible for the content of the resources / programmes provided, but would be pleased to receive feedback and will review the offer annually. Data provided is taken from trusted sources and will be updated annually, but we cannot accept responsibility for its accuracy.

Providers will...

  • Work in accordance with Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board procedures and children and young people’s suicide prevention pathway:
  • Work in partnership with the Local Authority and engage in relevant local partnership working bodies.
  • Discuss emerging issues for the client groups with local authority commissioners and other appropriate partners.
  • Share data for the purposes of local needs assessments with local authority commissioners and other appropriate partners.
  • Promote locally agreed multi agency pathways and risk assessment tools.


We hope you find these resources useful and would welcome feedback to:


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