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At Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health we deliver training in key areas of supporting child and family well-being. We are passionate and committed to helping organisations find a space to learn about topics in a way that informs and empowers them with knowledge that truly makes a difference to both staff and the children or families that they come into contact with.

Emotional Literacy underpins all of our training and how that links to the prime areas of learning and development, once we understand this we can begin to move forwards helping people to go below the surface to areas that are often talked about at surface level. 
Your team will come away with a deeper understanding of mental health and be confident in knowing more about how to join all of the elements that effectively supporting mental health entails.

Please find details of some of the areas that we specialise in at the bottom of this page, if there is something that you would like to explore but you don't see it on this page then please get in touch, we will be honest about whether we would be the best people to explore this with you. 
Our aim is to improve child mental health in our local city and beyond, our training helps you to be able to be a part of that difference.

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At Bridge the Gap Child Mental Health we have created many different workshops for parents over the years, these are developed to help raise parents confidence in being able to support their child's mental health proactively. By sharing valuable information in an accessible and relatable way, we are able to build connections that support parents to support their child. 

Schools have succesfully funded us to deliver parent empowerment sessions in school as well as parent and child emotional literacy sessions. 

We also deliver both in-person and online workshops in all areas that we deliver our training for professionals in - all are adapted to ensure that they are appropriate for the people in the room, with the age and the concerns of their child. We are always happy to answer any questions throughout.

As with all of our sessions the space is safe and completely non-judgmental, delivery is relaxed and informal.

3-week parent empowerment sessions:

Week 1 - Explaining anxiety to children
Week 2 - Responding to an anger outburst
Week 3 - Building your child's strategy toolbox

The 3-week parent empowerment session costs the school £700 which includes all resources.

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During the pandemic we took our training online by creating online courses that parents and teachers can work through at their own pace as well as creating online lessons that provided schools with quality emotional education lessons that they could deliver both for at home and classroom learning. This led to us creating a whole school online platform.

The platform currently consists of 4 1-hour CPD sessions, over 32 lessons in both primary and secondary education as well as giving teachers AND school parents access to the courses - 'Supporting Child Mental Health: an in-depth approach' and 'Supporting an Anxious Child'.

We cover everything from anxiety, mental health, self-esteem, goal setting, growth mindset, friendships, empathy and emotional literacy. If you are interested in finding out more about the content and how your school can gain full access for just £800 per year then please get in touch by emailing our school liasion or by calling 01332 600827.

The platform continues to grow and your price stays the same, no matter how much new content is created.

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Examples of 

*Emotional Literacy
Understanding emotional development, and building authentic emotional resilience.

*Supporting an Anxious Child
Understanding anxiety, worry and panic and how to educate and support children in these areas.

*Social Media and the Impact on Mental Health
Understanding how social media is impacting our children and how we can guide and support them with its use.

*Raising Self-esteem
Exploring what self-esteem is and how we can help children to build it Moving away from artificial rewards and boosting authentic self-esteem to improve and protect mental health and growth mindset.

*Connection and Co-regulation
Understanding behaviour, what it is, what it looks like and what it tells us about a child's needs alongside practical tools and knowledge around how to connect and co-regulate to reduce the need for de-escalation.

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We are committed to improving the mental health of children in Derby City, so we have brough back our popular Community Teacher Training Sessions. These sessions are held at a heavily subsidised rate with prices starting from just £50 per delegate.

Before Covid we used to hold these at the YMCA, but we now run these from our premises on Friar Gate - please get in touch for the next available dates by emailing

Our sessions cover everything from Emotional Literacy interventions in school to activities to raise self-esteem in the classroom, come along and join our school community.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

This online course trains you as an accredited Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFAider®), giving you:


  • An understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing.

  • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.

  • Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress.

  • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgmental listening

  • Access to resources.

  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Youth MHFAider®

  • A Youth MHFAider® manual to refer to whenever you need it.


Next dates are:

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th December

2-day online course - £200 per delegate.

Email to book.

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Let’s Work Together

Bridge the Gap

45 Friar Gate



Tel: 01332 600827

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