MindEd is a free online educational resource covering mental health for children, young people, adults and older people. With three quarters of adult mental disorders in evidence by the age of 21, effective early intervention can be essential in preventing the development of ill health and disability.

MindEd provides accessible, engaging online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people, adults and older people in the UK. The education and knowledge provided is instrumental in breaking down stigma and maximising the life chances for all.

This training is free and completely open access with over 500 sessions available online. The College is a member of the MindEd consortium, and all MindEd resources are now hosted by NHS England.

MindEd is delivered by a consortium of partner organisations, hosted by NHS England, and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for Education, and Health Education England. The eLearning content has been written and edited by leading experts from the UK and internationally.

MindEd aims to empower users with the confidence and skills to understand, identify, and address mental health challenges. This is done through provision of education for all and CPD opportunities for professionals, and by carrying out regular horizon scanning to help tackle any gaps in service provision.

MindEd will help you become informed and better equipped when considering the mental health of those under your care, whether children and young people, adults, people of all ages with an intellectual disability, and older adults. There are a range of materials extending from the general level to more specialised levels.

It is aimed at anyone working or volunteering regularly with:

  • children or young people
  • adults
  • people of all ages with a learning disability
  • older people.

The majority of children develop healthy minds and bodies, but it helps us to help them if we understand better what is healthy, how to support good health and what needs closer attention. As adults, we all face challenges to our mental health, and we can be better at supporting each other if we share an understanding of how to protect our mental health, and how to respond when things go wrong.

All of MindEd’s eLearning sessions can be completed as a ‘one off’ or ‘stand-alone’ learning experience. Alternatively, you can sign up to the MindEd learning community and complete several sessions or begin a learning path. Creating an account means that your activity will be recorded in a personal learning account. It also means you have the option to print certificates to evidence your learning.

Important: If you are aware of somebody at serious risk of harm you should contact your local support services immediately.

  1. Increased awareness and understanding of mental health
  2. Confidence to tackle challenging situations positively by identifying and using creative problem-solving skills and techniques
  3. Access to resources developed by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts in the field of mental health
  4. Learning experience built on credible, high quality learning resources to challenge and inspire
  5. Supported by a consortium of well-respected partner organisations
  6. Easy to use with stand-alone modules that can be grouped for their relevance to you and your situation
  7. Includes a range of real-life case studies to inform your learning
  8. Allows for a flexible approach, learn at your pace when and where you like
  9. Free to register and learn
  10. Certificates can be printed as proof of completion.
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