Who we are
Our Mental Health Support Teams provide direct mental health support to primary and secondary schools in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington.
The service aims to promote the early detection and prevention of mental health problems across the whole school, and strengthen links between schools and mental health services.
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 service will sit alongside and complement any existing mental health support that schools have access to, including the school link programme within CAMHS and mental health first aid training for schools.
Our Mental Health Support Teams are currently working with a select group of schools in Halton, Knowsely, St Helens and Warrington.
Our Mental Health Support Teams are all at different stages in their development. Our Warrington service is now fully operational, however our MHST practitioners in St Helens, Knowsley and Halton are still completing their training and are only able to provide supervised support at the moment.
This supervised practice will allow our trainee MHST practitioners to spend time getting to know your school and pupils while they complete their training course.
The full offer of support will available once they have finished their training (at the end of 2021 for St Helens and Knowsley and during 2022 for Halton).