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of children with mental health difficulties access specialist services
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have never talked to their child about mental health
It's good to talk!

Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools is a free service that provides support and training to high school staff on issues relating to young people’s mental health. It is a joint initiative between Lancashire County Council Public Health team, Lancaster University and Lancashire Care NHS Trust and all input is provided free of charge to schools. The service is funded by the Lancashire County Council Public Health team.

To date we have worked with over 30 high schools in Lancashire. We provide training, advice and support to high schools with the aim of helping staff to identify and support young people in their schools who may be experiencing mental health difficulties. The service also provides training and support around early intervention and prevention of mental health difficulties, with the aim of increasing the resilience of young people.

Download our Information Leaflet for more details.

Lancashire Emotional Health in Schools is led by Dr Richard Slinger, Clinical Psychologist, supported by a range of experienced clinical psychology colleagues based at Lancaster University.

Richard and colleagues have many years’ experience working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and have a high level of knowledge around child mental health, how this presents in schools, and knowledge and experience of employing a range of effective therapeutic techniques and approaches that schools could use to improve the mental health of pupils. The team are experienced at providing training to adult learners through their work within higher education.

Please get in touch with Richard Slinger by email (r.slinger@lancaster.ac.uk) if you are interested in any of the services we offer.

We will then arrange for one of our team to come and visit you in school to talk about what we can deliver and to put a support package together.

Outcomes of our work

Staff ratings of knowledge and confidence before and after training

Knowledge before training
Knowledge after training
Confidence before training
Confidence after training


How we work

Find out about how we work and the training and consultation we provide to schools.

Find out about the 40 training sessions we've delivered to within 22 schools & over 800 attendees

Our work with schools consists of providing a range of training, advice and support around mental health issues in schools

Find out how we structure a training plan and how we can tailor them to the needs of your school

We offer advice and consultation support to individual staff and teams within high schools around pupils experiencing or at risk of mental health difficulties