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Professional resources

Whatever your profession, you will find useful resources and information on this page about the support already out there for children and young people's mental health in North Yorkshire.

Early Help Professional Training

You can access a range of professionals training through NY Education Services.

Early Help Professional courses Autumn 2021

NYCC Training and Learning Service

The NYCC Training and Learning Service provides a wide range of relevant training for professionals, including subjects mental health and safeguarding. Contact details for their service are:
Email- [email protected]
Tel- 01609 798010

Ladder of Intervention

North Yorkshire County Council have put together the Ladder of Intervention, published in September 2019. This document provides guidance to schools on identifying and meeting the needs of social, emotional and mental health.



Self Harm Pathway

North Yorkshire Pathway of support for children and young people with self harming behaviour and/or suicidal ideation.


Rise Above Campaign

Rise Above and Public Health England have developed resources to help teach PSHE curriculum topics to Upper KS2, KS3 and KS4 pupils, with flexible lesson plans and ready-to-use PowerPoints co-created with teachers, and video content developed with 10 to 16-year-olds.

Download resources from the Pubic Health England website

Every Mind Matters Campaign

Every Mind Matters provides tools, information and resources to help you manage and maintain your mental health, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. To find out more visit Every Mind Matters.


Sexual Health

YorSexual Health is a free and confidential sexual health service, running across York and North Yorkshire. You can find information for professionals by visiting their website.

Sexual Health and Coronavirus

The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)

BASHH has issued guidance on the provision of sexual health services to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance offers options and strategies to services in their effort to maintain access to high quality sexual and reproductive healthcare and HIV care. This guidance has been informed through joint working with national reproductive health partner organisations and will be updated regularly. A page has also been set up on the BASHH website to help provide members with a central resource that can support local responses and contingency planning.

You can download the BASHH guidance on on sex, social distancing and COVID-19 and find out more on the BASHH website.

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH)

FSRH has also issued guidance aimed at healthcare professionals and commissioners on what it considers to be essential sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) services that should continue to be provided throughout the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance includes recommendations for alleviating pressure on services in primary and community settings and ensuring equitable access for vulnerable and marginalised women. In addition, FSRH has published further guidance on provision of effective contraception during COVID-19 and extended use of LARCs. It has also set up a dedicated COVID-19 hub on its website for professionals working in sexual and reproductive healthcare as well as a SRH professionals peer support page on Facebook to share how others are continuing to deliver SRH services during this time.

Visit the FSRH website to find out more.

For more information about sexual health, take a look at our Sexual Health page.

Also take a look at our Coronavirus Information page for up to date information and resources to help you through the COVID-19 outbreak.

Online Bereavement Training for Schools

Winston’s Wish offers free online training courses to help teachers and school staff understand how to support grieving children and young people in their school. Sign up to access free online bereavement courses for schools on their website.


Sleep Support Service

The Sleep Charity has been commissioned to provide a pilot sleep support service for children and young people in North Yorkshire. 

The sleep service includes providing online one-to-one sleep clinics and developing sleep plans with parents/carers to help address sleep issues and establish a regular night-time sleep pattern. All families will have follow-up support and where needed, will be referred to primary and secondary care for any medical investigations.

The Sleep Charity will provide appropriate sleep advice and support for parents/carers of disabled and non-disabled children aged 12 months to 18 years of age. Those with a Special Education Need or Disability and/or Education Health Care Plan will have access to the service up to their 25th birthday.

Families can self-refer or speak to their GP.

Referrals can be accepted from GP Practices for children age 12 months upwards, by telephoning Claire on 07568 052300.

Families can self-refer by telephone or text to Claire on 07568 052300 or by email to [email protected]

North Yorkshire mental health helpline

If you need to discuss your mental health or that of someone you are caring for you can contact Crisis Support on 0800 561 0076. 

This is a confidential and anonymous crisis line service. The number is free to call from landlines and mobiles and is open from Monday to Thursday, 5pm to 8.30am, and Friday from 4.30pm (24 hours at the weekends, including bank holidays).


UK’s leading charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people has an extensive informative website for young people and for adults supporting them.

Visit Young MInds website


MindEd e-learning portal is a huge free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health; to help you become informed and better equipped when supporting children and young people. Try searching for a given topic, e.g. ‘loss and grief’ or ‘eating problems’.

Visit MindEd website

NHS Choices (youth mental health)

An information hub on youth mental health offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including ‘why do I feel so down?’ and ‘tips for coping with depression’.

Visit NHS Choices website

Samaritans advice for schools and colleges

Samaritans has created guidance on how to prepare for and respond to suicide in schools and colleges.

Download guidance

Educational Support Charity Telephone Support & Counselling

No matter what you’re going through, Education Support are always here for you, day or night, all the time.  No matter what you’re feeling, our free, confidential helpline is always here 24/7. Night or day, their trained counsellors are there to listen to you without judgement and help you find a way forward, whatever your worries or concerns and feel better.

Visit Education Support Call 08000 562 561

Crisis Tools

The tools to help you support young people in crisis. Improve your confidence, knowledge and skills in supporting young people in crisis. Created by young people working in partnership with mental health experts. Short, accessible video guides and text resources. All for free.

Visit Crisis Tools

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