The Mental Health Champions; working in partnership with schools across Bradford, Airedale and Craven to promote positive mental health for all"

Mental Health really matters! We can’t be healthy if we are not mentally healthy.

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Welcome to the Mental Health Matters website, an online resource for Mental Health Champions in Bradford District’s Schools, and for all those with an interest in understanding and addressing Mental Health Matters in Bradford Schools.

What is Mental Health and Why does it Matter?

Mental Health really matters! We can’t be healthy if we are not mentally healthy .

Adults need to help young people learn ways of being mentally healthy, just as they support young people to be physically healthy.

We know that learning and progress in school can be massively affected by mental health – and yet we are rubbish at talking about these issues.

The Mental Health Matters Initiative, and the Mental Health Champions in Schools Pilot Project aim to change this!

The main aims of the Mental Health Champions project are:

  • To find ways of making sure that children and young people in Bradford schools have access to useful and interesting information about Mental Health issues.
  • To take the stigma, shame and secrecy about Mental Health issues out of schools so that everyone, pupils, families and school staff can talk about Mental Health matters together
  • To make it easier for children and young people, and their families to be able to ask for help with Mental Health issues

“We hope you find the ideas and information on our website useful.”

We welcome feedback and if you have suggestions about ways in which we can improve our website, or information which you would like us to include please do let us know by contacting us.

Become a Mental Health Champion

Mental Health Champions in Bradford are supported by the 3 Clinical Commissioning Groups across Bradford District. This work would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of school staff in Bradford Schools, and the support of professionals in the Voluntary Sector, Bradford Council and Bradford District Care Foundation Trust.

A Mental Health Champion is a member of school staff who has a special interest in and responsibility for Mental Health Matters in the school. All Mental Health Champions should make sure that Mental Health is a school priority, and should make sure that resources and activities to get pupils staff and parents talking about Mental Health Matters are available in schools.

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Latest News

Mental Health Champions, Re-launch Conference, September 2018


Our huge MHC re-launch conference was featured in the Telegraph and Argus last week. With nearly 150 attendees, and speakers including Child and Adolescent Mental Health expert, Dr Pooky Knightsmith and Francis Murphy, of Pegasus School, Oxford, we had a truly inspiring day.

You can find out more by following the link below

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News Archive
April 2018
''Over 60 Bradford schools sign up to recruit Mental Health Champions to support young people''
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October. 2017
''The Mental Health Champions who are helping to improve young minds in Bradford''
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