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Introducing the Mental Health Support Team in Schools

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  • Author: oliverkyle

The Mental Health Support Team in Schools (MHST) is a new service that is working with a number of schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to help children with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

The teams can help children and young people work through struggles with low mood, anxiety and worry. They can also assist them in putting strategies in place to help with these issues and support with practical steps to get better sleep and work on panic management.

Support in the classroom

The team will also work with school leaders and headteachers to promote better mental health for everyone as part of the school’s ‘Whole School Approach‘.

The teams are being introduced as part of a national programme to increase access to mental health support for children and young people, and is another way of supporting and helping you thrive in education.

Who are in the teams?

The teams consist of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) trained in Low Intensity CBT interventions, Clinicians and Senior Clinicians, as well as Service Managers. Between them, they have a wealth of experience in supporting children and young people with their mental health and navigating the local systems.

How can they help?

The practitioners will use evidence-based approaches to help your child.

They can either work with them on a one-to-one basis or in groups.

They use approaches such as:

What is low intensity CBT?

CBT involves the practitioner working with a child to focus on their problem and break it down into smaller parts. The practitioner will help them develop a toolkit of practical strategies and coping mechanisms so they can deal with difficult situations when they arise.

It is a talking therapy, based upon the understanding that their thoughts, feelings and physical sensations and actions are interconnected. It suggests negative thoughts and feelings can trap them in a negative cycle and helps to identify ways to break that cycle.

What does low intensity mean?

Low intensity treatment will involve a number of focussed sessions of individual face-to-face or virtual therapy.

Offering low intensity treatment first means the team is able to:

  • offer help to more children and young people
  • offer help more quickly
  • offer early intervention, before problems build up.
  • provide practical homework and techniques that children can use at home, both on their own and with their family

Where are the team working?

Below is a list of schools the teams are currently active in. We’ll be adding to this list on a regular basis:

MHST schools- Leicester City

MHST schools- Melton and Rutland

MHST schools- NW Leics and Hinckley

How can a child get help and support?

If your child is based in a school in which the Mental Health Support Teams in Schools are active, you or your child can speak to a teacher, member of school staff or mental health support lead to find out more about when they are visiting and how you can connect with the team.