About the MindEd programme

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 in the UK. The education and knowledge provided is instrumental in breaking down stigma and maximising the life chances for all children and young people.

In 2018 these resources were extended to include a programme of learning supporting the mental health of adults with a Learning Disability, aimed at the care workforce.

MindEd offers free, completely open access, online education with over 350 sessions. Our e-learning is applicable to a wide range of learners across the health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings.

Minded is delivered by a consortium of partner organisations, hosted at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and funded by the Department of Health, the Department for Education and Health Education England. The e-learning content has been written and edited by leading experts from the UK and internationally. We are confident that the learning materials represent the very best advice and knowledge, presented in an easily digested, engaging and practical way.

Our aim is to provide simple, clear guidance on children and young people’s mental health, wellbeing and development to any adult working with children, young people and families, to help them support the development of young healthy minds.

The e-learning content is written to be suitable for all types of users, from healthcare and non-healthcare workforces, such as teachers or GPs, through to the general public.

Who and what is it for?

MindEd will help you become informed and better equipped when considering the mental health of those under your care, whether dealing with children and young people, people of all ages with a Learning Disability and the older population. 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
  • people of all ages with Learning Disabilities
  • 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 the e-learning topics in MindEd 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.

The more actively you reflect on the cases and different learning materials in MindEd, the better equipped you will become to support healthy minds.

Important: If you are aware of a child or young person at serious risk of harm you should contact your local support services immediately.

Top 10 benefits for learners

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



I like the way MindEd is set up. I am not great on a computer but found the system easy to use. I have completed my foundation levels and increased my understanding of how mental health has an effect on children and young people. It has made me change my way of questioning students. I can’t wait to do some more reading at a higher level.

MindEd: Safeguarding

I have completed four of your courses online already….they are brilliant and I have recommended them to colleagues and fellow students and even my lecturer!!

MindEd: Applying the law

This has confirmed how delicate the law is around counselling children and young people and also how important it is to have a working knowledge of statutory guidance on safeguarding, child protection and information sharing.

MindEd for Families

The MindEd for Families online resource has proven invaluable to our CAMHS One Stop service. We are in contact with hundreds of families every week who are in need of practical advice about how to support their child’s mental health and to be able to signpost them to one easy to use and accessible resource is extremely helpful. I would (and do!) recommend this resource to all parents who use our service to help bridge the gap between initial referral and access to face to face treatment or support.

MindEd: Self-harm and risky behaviour

Really thorough course. Very informative and it seemed designed for practitioners like myself who need to be able to understand prevalence and what to do when we suspect a young person is self-harming.

MindEd: Counselling children and young people

A Client Study: “A very good on-line course.  A must for all who work with children and young people.