Dick Moore

Educated at Durham and Newcastle Universities, Dick has been an English teacher, rugby coach and, for almost 23 years, a headteacher. In September 2011, Dick’s 3rd son, Barney, took his own life.

Since losing Barney to suicide, Dick has spoken at over 350 schools, businesses, universities and conferences around the world about his passion for the emotional and mental health of young people.

In 2012 he became an instructor for Mental Health First Aid, a trainer of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and attended an ASIST course focusing on suicide intervention. Dick has appeared on BBC Breakfast, ITN News, BBC Radio 5 Live and numerous local radio stations and gave a TEDx talk in 2015 and a Head talk in 2018. 


Dick provides talks to teachers, young people and parents and also to businesses cover a range of inter-related topics such as:

  • Grief and loss

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Teenage malaise or emerging mental ill-health?

  • Self-harm
  • Adolescent development

  • Tips for coping with your adolescent

  • Tips for your adolescent coping with you!

  • Is your business mentally healthy?

Each talk is tailored to the profile, needs and style of the audience. He also offers to review a school’s provision, its policies and its approach  and to make suggestions for the future with a view to becoming a mentally healthier school.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Dick offers the Youth Mental Health Champions Course to individual schools or organisations, or to groups of schools. Youth MHFA is an internationally recognised training programme designed specifically for people who teach, work, live with or care for young people.

The training provides information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing and to enable participants to support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress and will teach you how to:

  • Spot the early signs of a mental health problem in young people

  • Feel confident helping a young person experiencing a problem

  • Provide help on a first aid basis

  • Help protect a young person who might be at risk of harm

  • Help prevent a mental health illness from getting worse

  • Help a young person recover faster

  • Guide a young person towards the right support

  • Reduce the stigma of mental health problems

The Youth MHFA course is accredited by the Open College Network (3 credits at Level 3 on completion of a workbook) and can be delivered to between 6 and 16 participants.


Although not a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or qualified counsellor, Dick spent many years as a teacher (and over twenty years as a headmaster) – he understands that some young people — and their parents — often find it difficult to take the first step towards finding help. Dick is always happy to chat about the issues involved, or just simply provide a sympathetic, non-judgemental listening ear.

For more information about the services Dick Moore provides, please visit his website here.