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Further Resources

This pages contains a further selection of online resources and links to organisations that may support your work planning projects to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.


National Bodies

Young Minds The children and young people’s mental health charity, including information about services, projects and advocacy tools

National Academy for Social Prescribing -The development agency for advancing social prescribing practice


Training Bodies

Place2Be  – Free mental health training for school staff

Mental Health First Aid  – Excellent workplace training for all those who may be dealing with mental health at work, including training focussed on children and young people


Schools Resources

Childrens Mental Health Week – Lots of resources to support children’s mental health, updated annually

NHS Every Mind Matters – User friendly mental health support website, including resources targeted at children’s and young people’s mental health

Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeingGuidance for headteachers and college principals on the 8 principles for promoting emotional health and wellbeing in schools and colleges.


Local Resources

Sussex Child & Adult Mental Health Services – Information about local statutory services


Wider Research  

The Princes Trust – Landmark 2021 study on the mental health of Generation Z

The Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance  – A membership organisation that connects, amplify and supports work to transform people’s lives and communities through culture and creativity. Also carries a good number of case studies of successful creative mental health projects on its website.

The National Centre for Creative Health (CHWA)  – Working with a range of partners and a variety of audiences to explore the role of cultural participation in health and wellbeing. We are interested in the biopsychosocial benefits of all things cultural, including the work of museums, galleries, archives and heritage sites in enhancing quality of life, physical and mental health, wellbeing and social inclusion for older and disadvantaged adults, and people with dementia and their careers. Links to many resources that focus on heritage and museums.

Arts and MindsCambridge-based organisation and example of best practice in using the arts to help people living with mental health challenges.

BBC ArtsEven a small amount of creativity can help you cope with modern life, reveals new research by BBC Arts and UCL

Google Scholar articlesA collection of recently published articles on the topic of children and young people’s mental health, arts and culture

Thriving with Nature guidebook – A guide to making the most of the UK’s natural spaces for mental health and wellbeing

Wild Adventure Space: Its role in teenagers’ lives (PDF download)This research was commissioned to explore what contribution the natural environment can make to current debates about young people.


The Making It Better toolkit has been produced by Artswork through the Arun Inspires programme, a 3-year cultural development programme for children, young people and the organisations supporting them in District of Arun. As a result, place-based data is focused to Arun. However many of the resources collected here are national or can be focused to other areas.

We hope you find the Toolkit useful. This is a living resource so if you have suggestions about material that should be added or content that could be improved, we would like to hear your ideas. Please email us on

Data used across this toolkit was collected in March 2021, and all data is correct at the time of this site being created. Artswork have worked to ensure all resources gathered here are relevant and appropriate, but we cannot be held responsible for the content of external sites. If you have questions about any of this content, or encounter any broken links, please contact

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