Mentally Healthy Schools Programme

YST Mentally Healthy Schools Programme
This pilot is transforming Manchester schools’ approach to mental health, with YST putting the physical into mental health. The project was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership and is being delivered in collaboration with Alliance for Learning, 42nd Street and Place2Be.

YST’s role has been to work directly with young people in primary and secondary schools on the cusp of a referral to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to improve their physical and emotional literacy, equipping them with coping strategies to deal with stress and anxiety. The project uses our YST Athlete Mentors to work directly with young people suffering from stress and anxiety and to provide training, support and resources for teachers and young people to become Mental Health Champions who lead on supporting others in their schools.


Enhancing support networks: Since becoming a Mental Health Champion, 70% of pupils in primary schools felt able to talk to their friends about mental health and 88% can now recognise poor mental health in their peers. In secondary schools, since becoming a Mental Health Champion, 65% of young people can now talk to their friends about their health.

Improving wellbeing: Prior to the training, pupils felt moderately confident with an average score of 6.6 out of 10 (ranging from 1-10). However, following the training, their confidence in the role grew and pupils reported an average score of 9.5 out of 10.

Nurturing healthy, active lifestyles: The percentage of primary pupils active every day increased from 38% to 50% after taking part in the programme. The percentage of pupils who stated they do more than 60 minutes of activity a day increased from 26% to 38%.

For further information, please contact:

Chris Wright
Head of Health & Wellbeing
07702 370139