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Who we are

Our Mental Health Support Team (MHST) service will provide direct mental health support to 45 primary and secondary schools in Halton. We have two MHSTs in Halton - one covering Widnes and one covering Runcorn.

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. 

Who we are

Our Mental Health Support Team service will provide direct mental health support to 45 primary and secondary schools in Runcorn and Widnes.

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.

Please bear in mind that the full service won’t be operational until the end of 2022. Any referrals you submit for your pupils between now and the end of the year will be for supervised practice with our trainee MHST practitioners.

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 2022.

MHST has now implemented a new consultation process therefore we no longer require a referral form to be completed. Please speak with the practitioner allocated to your school or contact the team on 01925 664120. You will be asked to confirm the demographic information for the young person you are referring, and confirm that parental consent has been given.

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Widnes Schools 

All Saints Upton C E Voluntary Controlled Primary

Ashley Special School

Brookfields Special School

Ditton Primary School

Fairfield Primary School

Halebank CE Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Oakfield Community Primary School

Ormiston Chadwick Academy

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic Primary School

Saint Peters & Paul Catholic College

Kingsway Primary Academy

St Basil's Catholic Primary School

St Gerard's Roman Catholic Primary & Nursery School

St Michael with St Thomas CE Primary School

St Michael's Catholic Primary School

Wade Deacon High School

Widnes Academy


Runcorn Schools

Astmoor Primary School

Bridgewater Park Primary Academy

Brookvale Primary School

Castle View Primary School

Chestnut Lodge School & Specialist SEN College

Gorsewood Primary School

Hallwood Park Primary School

Halton Lodge Primary School

Murdishaw West Community Primary School

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Cathlolic Primary School

Palace Fields Primary School

Runcorn All Saints CE Primary School

St Augustine's Primary Academy

St Chad's Catholic & Church of England High School

St Edwards Catholic Primary School

St Martin's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Halton CE Primary School

The Bridge School - Pupil Referral Unit

The Brow Community Primary School

The Grange Academy

The Heath School

The Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

Victoria Road Primary School

Westfield Primary School

Weston Point Community Primary School

Windmill Hill Primary School

Woodside Primary School

Name of Course

Course description

Who is this for/ How to book on

Course duration

Introduction to MHST

An introduction to MHST, who we are, what we offer and the interventions we provide. Guidance around consultation and referral process



Half a day course. Can be adapted to twilight session

What is Mental Health? An introduction

To gain knowledge around recognising the signs and symptoms of mental health issues in CYP


1 to 1½  hour

Anxiety Awareness

Classroom presentation covering signs, symptoms, causes and where to get support.

Pupils (primary and secondary) and staff

1 to 1½  hour

Transition support

Introduction to Sessions and accompanying materials

Tips for managing your child’s transition

Signposting for additional support

Pupils (primary and secondary), staff and parent/carer


1 to 1½  hour

Exam Stress

To gain an understanding on how to recognise and cope with stress from exams

Pupils (primary and secondary), staff and parent/carer

Online workbook available as resource

1 to 1½  hour

 Emotional regulation

To gain knowledge and understanding around recognising emotional dysregulation and tips on how to manage this.

Pupils (primary and secondary), staff and parent/carers

1 to 1½  hour
Emotional regulation and neurodiversity

To gain an understanding of emotional regulation and neurodiversity in children and young people. To explore strategies to support neurodiverse children and young people in school.


½ day course

MHST intervention awareness (bitesize training)

To gain more in-depth knowledge and understanding of the interventions that EMHPs deliver. The aim is to raise awareness of our interventions to aid schools in selecting appropriate cases to bring to consultation. -Anxiety interventions, Low mood, and challenging behaviour This is split across 2 30 minute sessions.


30 minutes per bitesize training (can be extended to aid more discussion between staff).


To arrange a training session, please contact your school's EMHP on 01925 664120 or email

to request a training session or further information from your schools allocated EMHP.


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