Senior Mental Health Lead Training (SMHL) – A localised offer

Further to information shared about the DfE funded SMHL training  (Senior mental health lead training – GOV.UK (, we are pleased to announce that Northumberland will be offering a localised training course as part of a National Network of Mental Health Leads(

The Network is a nationwide consortium of organisations who believe that mental health leads need to understand the local landscape and that a national training team will not be best placed to deliver training with a focus on the local context.

Working with the consortium, Northumberland  Educational Psychologists and our Senior Mental Health Lead Co-ordinator will be delivering these courses working closely with health colleagues from the Be You Mental Health Support Teams.

The training will be accredited (Level 4) courses, cover all DfE Learning Outcomes and provide a localised picture  based on our knowledge and  experience of working with schools and   systems that support emotional wellbeing and mental health in Northumberland. A quality assurance process is currently underway with DfE for all potential providers.

We will share further information about this training early  in the Autumn term and hope to be able to start the first course in the second half of the Autumn term.

If you would like any further information about this exciting development  please contact Katinka Bryan, Senior Educational Psychologist (

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