We are Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) working in designated schools, with a focus on early intervention. We work in partnership with the school community and other wellbeing services to develop a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Our team provide opportunities of evidence-based support for children and young people with emerging, mild to moderate mental health difficulties, impacting on day to day life. Depending on the age and need of the child or young person, our interventions can be accessed by children and young people or parents and carers.
We further provide support directly to school staff and school leadership teams with the aim of identifying themes of mental health need within their school community. This collaboration aims to develop existing mental health strategies to support the whole school approach to mental health. This service aims to promote the early detection and prevention of mental health issues across the whole school, and strengthen links between schools and wider children’s services.
Our educational mental health practitioners (EMHPs) are available to provide direct services within schools.
> Providing targeted and evidence-based training, education, workshops and advice to pupils, parents/carers and school staff
> Consultation and supervision with school staff
> Supporting schools to develop mental health resources/information packs
> Championing mental wellbeing and resilience across the whole school community, providing guidance around issues such as bullying, mentally healthy living and managing exam stress.
> Individual and group interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and difficulties with managing emotions.
> Parent-led interventions for parents of children under 12 years of age