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Increased support for school children in Calderdale

By 20th January 2021No Comments

Last year Northpoint was successful in its bid to run a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) to complement its existing children’s services in Calderdale.  We began recruiting during the summer. The team are now all in place and work is well underway.

The MHST provides evidence-based mental health support for children and young people, as well as, support and training to schools to develop their whole-school approach to emotional wellbeing.

The team works with school-aged children and young people experiencing mild to moderate emotional/mental health problems. Referrals are made by trained members of school staff who act as wellbeing leads. They refer directly to Education Mental Health Team practitioners who are based within school. The service has been commissioned by the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group which receives funding from NHS England and the Department of Education.

The team will provide direct, ongoing support to schools around mental health and wellbeing. This will include:

  • providing direct interventions to pupils with mild to moderate mental health conditions, such as anxiety, low mood or behavioural difficulties.
  • where young people require specialist support, making onward referrals for pupils to local services, such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
  • providing training, education and advice to school staff to help them better support their pupils around mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • championing mental wellbeing and resilience across the whole school community, providing guidance around issues such as bullying and coping with exam stress.

The MHST programme is part of the Government’s plans for expanding access to mental health care for children and young people, following consultation on its Green Paper Transforming children and young people’s mental health.

The team is managed by Ian Wood, so for more info contact  ian.wood@calderdalemhst.org.uk

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