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Resources for educational settings

Mental health first aiders

What is a mental health first aider?

Mental Health First Aiders are trained to spot the early signs of a mental health issue, including warning signs of mental health crises, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person towards appropriate treatment and other sources of supportive help.

They will be approachable, non-judgemental, kind and supportive and their skill set will benefit the mental health of all staff within schools preschools and nurseries as well as parents and local community.

How do I contact a mental health first aider?

Most schools and many preschools and nurseries in Luton have a mental health first aider - please ask if you don’t know who it is in your school or early years setting.


Crisis Support

Mental Health Crisis Line

Call NHS 111 option 2, the service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

You can access mental health crisis support from a trained mental health professional who can arrange urgent assessment or signpost you to another service that can help.


Education Psychology Service

The Luton Child and Educational Psychology Service provides a ‘core’ service to schools as part of our statutory role; an EP is always required to provide psychological advice when a child is going through the statutory assessment process (for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment).

The Service is also a ‘traded service’ and schools can use their delegated Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding to purchase EP hours to access the Service.

To find out more about the service click here


Eating Disorder Resource

Health London Partnership have created useful guidance for education settings for spotting the signs of an eating disorder and when to refer to the local community eating disorder service.

You can view this guidance by clicking here