Training for Professionals

There’s a range of training opportunities for professionals wishing to support people with mental health and emotional wellbeing. Many are sector-specific or bespoke to particular professionals. Take a look at the following pages to see what’s available.

General training

  • Platfform 4YP – provides training and wellbeing courses for young people aged 14-25 including: Wellbeing Awareness (3hrs), State of Mind (10 wks), Children’s ACE Recovery Toolkit (10 wks), bespoke workshops on wellbeing strategies (3 hrs), Accredited Level 2 & 3 peer mentoring training (17 hrs & 21 hrs) Web: 
  • Voice Collective – is a UK-wide London-based project that supports children and young people who hear voices, see visions, or have other ‘unusual’ sensory experiences or beliefs. We also offer support for parents/families, and training for youth workers, social workers, mental health professionals and other supporters. Web:
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid – the 14-hour YMHFA (Wales) course teaches adults how to provide Mental Health First Aid to friends, families and co-workers. Web:

Training for schools

  • Trauma Informed Schools UK – provides training for schools to support children and teenagers who suffer with trauma or mental health problems, and whose troubled behaviour acts as a barrier to learning. Web:
  • Hafal’s ‘Bloom’ – free programme supporting young people’s mental health resilience. Delivered in schools and colleges, they work with young people aged 14-18 to help them develop the tools and knowledge to manage their own mental health through life’s transitions. Web:
  • Boing Boing – provides opportunities to learn about resilience. Web:
  • Childline Schools Service NSPCC – provides a free service talking to primary school children about abuse in all its forms. The delivery model is in two stages. Web:
  • Cruse Bereavement Hope Again – trains and equips the school by getting it ‘bereavement ready’. They have specialist school packs and training for staff. Tel: 01792 462845. Web:
  • Hafan Cymru Spectrum Project –  raising awareness of domestic abuse and associated issues in all secondary and primary schools in Wales. Tel: 01267 266924
  • Heads above the Waves – a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of depression and self-harm in young people. Can deliver workshops for schools. Web:
  • Mentally Healthy Schools – brings togethers quality assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing. Web:
  • Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) – a charity that aims to inform, create, train and support the teaching of secular mindfulness to young people and those who care for them. paws.b is a 12- session mindfulness course for primary schools. Web:
  • Place2Be – a children’s mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programme to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. Web:
  • Time to Change – a national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination by people with mental health problems. Provides resources for teachers and schools. Web:
  • Twinkle – Mental health resources. Web: Search for mental health.
  • YMCA Swansea – provides PSE raising awareness sessions in schools across Swansea to raise awareness of the issues that young carers face in primary, comprehensive and colleges. Email:

Training for the voluntary sector

Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) and Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service (NPT CVS) are the umbrella organisations for voluntary activity throughout Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. They support, develop  and represent voluntary organisations, volunteers and communities across the region.

They can assist organisations to access appropriate training to ensure that professionals develop and update their skills, knowledge and confidence.