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Please find attached the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Webinar and Resources Programme (Autumn/Winter 2022) including links for local and national resources. Details on how to sign up can be found in Section two.

The webinar themes for this term are:

  • Building better Brains for Lifelong Health: The Oxford Brain Story
  • Helping Your Child With Fears & Worries
  • Teen Brain
  • Zones of Emotional Regulation
  • Autism & Mental Health Pt1
  • Attachment-focused Working with Teenagers
  • Anxiety in Adolescents

Mental Health Lead Training Grant

Claim a DfE grant to train a mental health lead in schools or colleges. As part of supporting schools and colleges to develop promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing there are DfE grants to train a senior mental health lead in school or college settings. It takes roughly five minutes to reserve a grant for senior mental health lead training.

DfE quality assured training will equip senior leads with the knowledge and practical skills to embed an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that a school culture promoting positive mental health supports improved learning, attendance, and behaviour. 

Ensure schools or colleges do not miss out these benefits, claim £1,200 grant, then select a course which best suits needs. Click here for further details; ESFA Fast Form (

Student mental health 

This free online event will take place between 09:30 and 12:30 on Friday 30 September 2022 and is aimed at anyone interested in issues around student mental health;  Click here to register for the event. 

Subjects to be covered:  

  • "What does the research tell us about the impact of COVID on student mental health and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex approach" 
  • “Why is talking about self-harm so scary?” 
  • The Student Experience Project 
  • The Life Tools programme at the University of Reading 

Speakers will include:  

  • Becca Randell, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Implementation Lead for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Applied Research Collaboration and Academic Health Science Network 
  • Kezia Lange, Consultant psychiatrist (Emergency Department Psychiatric Service, Oxford) 
  • Fiona Brand, Mental health research nurse specialising in student mental health (Emergency Department Psychiatric Service, Oxford) 
  • Esther Rowland, Learning Environment Lead at Berkshire Healthcare Trust 
  • Dr Alicia Peña Bizama, Chartered Counselling Psychologist and an Occupational Psychologist (University of Reading)