Mental Health and Wellbeing Support – MHST

Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

Southwold Primary School work in partnership with the Nottingham Mental Health Support Team (MHST). This is a new service designed to help meet the mental health needs of children and young people in education settings.

They are made up of Children and Young People’s Mental Health Practitioners and Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs).

The service has three core functions:

  • To deliver brief evidence-based interventions to support children and young people with mild-moderate mental health problems.
  • To support schools in developing their whole school approach to mental health.
  • To provide timely advice to school staff and liaison with external services, to help children and young people to get the right help and stay in education.

The team will offer assessments and interventions for a range of mental health needs that may be less complex or may be managed by time-limited interventions. For example, children and young people who demonstrate anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties which do not meet the diagnostic threshold for specialist clinical support.

Interventions will promote resilience and support children and young people to develop the skills and techniques to manage their emotions. These will be delivered through a range of individual work and groups for both children and young people and parents/carers as well as through whole class room activities depending on the assessed needs.

Mrs Barbara Parrett is the schools allocated Education Mental Health Practitioner Trainee (EMHP). She will also offer  support to the Senior Mental Health Lead – Mrs Rebecca Stone (developing the whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing) and offer timely advice to schools and colleges to help young people get the right support and stay in education.

To access this service, please discuss your concerns with the school, we will then be able to consult with our team to discuss what level of support would best meet your needs.

More Information for parents/carers:

The video below provides more information about the MHST and the services they provide.

Ask Lion – Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs)

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