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The REACT programmes: A range of low-level interventions

Developed to respond to key mental health issues, underpinned by therapeutic principles such as CBT and DBT


The programmes were designed in response to feedback from staff members across education. They felt that although staff time, capacity, and resources are limited, they’d like more programmes that are ready to run with a group of young people that don’t take too much time to prepare and can be a support for those on waiting lists for mental health support, or who would benefit from a form of low-level intervention.

Low-level interventions

Within the REACT Offer, a series of low-level interventions respond to:

    • Anxiety
    • Low Mood
    • Body Image
    • Suicide Prevention (to be developed – this will be underpinned with safety plans to support children and young people. These safety plans will be co-produced with children and young people throughout the REACT course)

How is REACT delivered?

Each REACT course is structured over five weeks, with each session being 50 minutes long to fit into the curriculum.

As well as being underpinned by evidence-based approaches, the REACT courses have been co-designed and co-developed with young people with lived experiences and trialled with a group of young people to ensure each course is informative and interactive and has resources relevant and valuable for young people.

Train-the-trainer model

The RAISE Team train staff across education and voluntary sectors to equip them to deliver the five REACT sessions to a small group of young people.

Each course is creative in its delivery and ensures a trauma-informed approach when delivering, ensuring the needs of young people accessing the course are met and a safe space is created within their setting.

"Loved the session , love the course - can't wait to start using the resources."

Quote from a staff member.