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Healthy Minds

Photo: What is a healthy mind and how can mental health affect deaf children and young people

Are you a professional who works with deaf children and young people? Do you want creative ideas to help you support their emotional health and well-being?

Our one-day interactive training will help you learn how to deliver sessions to help deaf children and young people find their own solutions to problems they may encounter.

Tackling issues such as low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety, our Healthy Minds programme encourages deaf children and young people to use positive strategies for dealing with change, managing their deafness, developing their confidence and building social skills.

You'll learn how to effectively use the Healthy Minds resource and have opportunities to try these techniques and methods throughout the day, sharing further knowledge and ideas with other like-minded professionals. By the end, you’ll leave the training feeling inspired and confident to encourage deaf children and young people to explore ideas and create strategies to prevent low self-esteem and poor mental health.

Key themes

  • Understanding what a Healthy Mind is and why it is important
  • Ways to develop good emotional vocabulary
  • Identifying support mechanisms and networks
  • Understanding identity
  • Owning and managing deafness

Who is this for?

This workshop is designed for all education, health and social care professionals working with deaf children and young people.

Tailoring to your organisation’s needs

Whilst the key themes of this workshop remain consistent, our expert trainers will work to apply the content to the context of your specific organisation.

Book your bespoke training package

If you are interested in discussing this bespoke training package further or would like to book an event, please enquire today or contact us at [email protected].

We will endeavour to get back to you within 5 days to discuss your requirements.

Meet the trainer

Martin Brown has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society for eight years as a Training Officer. He leads on development and delivery of the Healthy Minds resource, which guides professionals on supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of deaf children and young people in their setting.

Martin has been deaf since birth. He is a fully qualified (BA) Youth and Community Worker and has worked with disabled and D/deaf children and young people, their families and professionals for over 25 years.

Martin has delivered the Healthy Minds training programme to over 1,000 professionals and in 60 different education, health and social settings.

What do delegates say?

“A practical and useful reminder of the resources available…” Teacher of the Deaf, 2019

“Training was pitch perfect – engaging presenter who delivered some great ideas that can be used when working with children…” Specialist Teacher of Hearing Impairment, 2019


I work with younger children/teenagers – will the training be suitable?

We believe the Healthy Minds training is suitable for all ages and abilities. The key is in the skills of the facilitator. During the training day, the trainer will encourage the delegates to reflect on the children they support and consider (with the help of the trainer and the other delegates) how they can creatively amend some of the activities or tools to meet the needs of the children they have in mind.

Can we have the resources without attending the training?

As part of our quality assurance, the Healthy Minds resource booklet is only available for those who have attended the full day training.

Is the Healthy Minds accredited?

At the moment the training day is not accredited. All delegates who attend the full day will receive a certificate of attendance on request.

What if I need to cancel?

You can cancel your place at any time, however the following charges apply.

  • 20 working days or less before the planned date - you will be charged 100% of the total cost
  • 21 - 30 working days before the planned date - you will be charged 50% of the total cost
  • 31 working days before the planned date - you will not be charged