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Healthy Minds online

Photo: It is important to know how mental health affects 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 Healthy Minds online workshops will help you learn how to run activities to help support the emotional health and wellbeing of deaf children and young people.

Book your place

The online workshops will be run over four, one and a half hour sessions, across four weeks. Each session will include: 1 hour workshop followed by a 30 minute (optional) discussion. You will be expected to attend all four sessions.

To be able to fully participate in activities during the workshops, we would recommend using a desktop or laptop. Other devices may not allow all functionality.

Dates: Monday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd November 2020

Time: 2 – 3:30pm

Location: Online

Cost: £50 for all four workshops

Ticket sales close at 10am on 29 October 2020. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions before booking.

Workshop overview

Our Healthy Minds programme tackles issues such as low self-esteem, isolation, stress and anxiety. It encourages the use of positive strategies for dealing with change, managing deafness, developing confidence and building social skills.

During these online workshops, you will learn how to effectively use our Healthy Minds guidance document. You will have the opportunity to review some of the Healthy Minds activities and share thoughts and ideas with other professionals.

You’ll leave feeling inspired and confident to encourage deaf children and young people to explore ideas and create strategies to help prevent low self-esteem and poor mental health.

Key themes

  • Exploring 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

After the training

As part of our new online programme we have also launched the following. You will be given access to these once you have completed the online training course:

  • Our updated Healthy Minds guidance: A detailed document to help guide you through using our Healthy Minds programme in your work.
  • Our new Healthy Minds message board: an online platform where professionals who are putting the Healthy Minds programme into practice can share innovations, ideas, and challenges.

Who is this training for?

These workshops are designed for all education, health and social care professionals working with deaf children and young people.

Meet the trainer

Martin Brown

Martin Brown has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society since 2011 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.

Additional information

What do delegates say?

“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

“The course was fantastic! I enjoyed the activities in between the talks throughout the day. The trainer was brilliant and having the opportunity to talk to others was good too as all from different regions.” Teaching Assistant, 2019

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


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

We believe the Healthy Minds resource is suitable for all ages and abilities. The key is in the skills of the facilitator. As part of the online workshops, the trainer will encourage delegates to reflect on the children they support and consider 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 resources are only available for those who have attended the training.

Can I join using any device?

To be able to fully participate in activities during the workshops, we would recommend using a desktop or laptop. Other devices may not allow all functionality.

What if I need to cancel?

If you are unable to attend and need to cancel your place, please contact us at [email protected] Refunds will be available as below.

If you cancel:

  • 7 working days or less before the planned date, you will be charged 100% of the total cost
  • 8-14 working days before the planned date, you will be charged 50% of the total cost
  • 15 working days before the planned date, you will not be charged.

Please note, if you cancel your place you will be cancelling all 4 workshops. Cancellations and refunds are not available for individual workshops.

Do I need to do any prep before attending?

Yes, you will need to complete the e-learning module, ‘Healthy Minds for professionals, pre-event information’. This is mandatory and will take roughly 30 minutes to complete. It must be completed prior to the first workshop.

We also ask that you complete a survey before attending.

Both of these will be sent to you in the pre-event information email, during the week before the first workshop date.

Do I need to attend all four sessions?

Yes, please only sign up if you are able to attend all four sessions. Each session will be different. You will not be able to complete the course and receive your certificate if you do not attend all sessions.

Do I need to be a member?

No, however if you'd like to become a professional member you can join for free. Our membership allows you to join our community of professionals who are supporting deaf children, young people and their families throughout the UK.

For more information and to set up your free membership, please visit us online.

Do I need to book my own communication support?

No. We will have captions as standard, however if you require an interpreter please let us know and we will book it for you.

Can I give my place to a friend or colleague if I can't come?

Yes, however you must notify us in advance, at least 3 days before the workshop takes place via [email protected]

Can I share my log in details with a friend of colleague to join?

No. The log in details are for 1 person only.

There will be a registration period prior to the start of the event where we will be checking the name of those entering against the delegate list (names of those registered to the purchased tickets).

If your name does not feature on the list, you will not be allowed entry to the webinar.

I can't find a suitable location, what other options are there?

We can also deliver a bespoke workshop package, tailored to your organisation's needs and delivered at a location that suits you. 

If this is more suitable, please enquire today or contact us at [email protected].

If you are interested in finding out more about these workshop, please contact us at [email protected].