Mental Health Support Teams in Schools (MHSTs)

Mental Health Support Team

Schools play an important role in supporting the wellbeing of children and young people at a time when they are experiencing lots of physical, emotional and social changes.  The introduction of Mental Health Support Teams (MHST) working within schools is a new approach to provide an additional source of support to families.

We have been lucky to be awarded three sites for the MHST Pilots by NHS England which are North Dorset, Weymouth & Portland and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole as part of an initial two year project.

MHSTs are working with a small number of schools across these three areas to tackle the challenges children and young people experience, by helping them to feel more resilient, arming them with techniques to look after themselves and strategies to help them cope better with life’s ups and downs. This includes support for things like mild-moderate anxiety or worries, exam stress and friendship issues through low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (LI-CBT), counselling sessions, themed group work or information workshops.

The teams will also support parents and teachers with information, advice and guidance about how best to help children and young people who are experiencing difficulties.

There are three main ways children and young people can access support from the MHST:

  • When a school staff member notices a child or young person is struggling with day-to-day worries
  • When a parent informs a school staff member about their concerns
  • When a young person asks for support for themselves.

We hope that following the two years, we will be able to expand into more schools within each area, so we apologise if your school is not involved at this current time.

MHSTs Pilot Sites

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

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Primary

Mental Health Support Teams - Primary

 

Secondary

Mental Health Support Teams - Secondary

Schools 

Bayside Academy

BCP Virtual School

Bourne Academy

Bournemouth and Poole College

Grange High School

Kings Park Academy

Kingsleigh Primary

Kinson Academy

LeAF Studio

Longspee

Manorside Academy

Nigel Bowes

Oak Academy

Poole High School

Queens Park Academy

Somerford Primary School

St Aldhelms

Tregonwell

North Dorset

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Mental Health Support Teams - Primary

 

Secondary

Mental Health Support Teams - Secondary

 

Schools

Archbishop Wake, Blandford

Blandford St Mary, Blandford

Downlands, Blandford

Dunbury, Blandford

Durweston, Blandford

Gillingham Primary, Gilingham

Gillingham School

Mere Primary, Mere

Milldown, Blandford

Milton-on-Stour, Gillingham

Pimperne, Blandford

Spetisbury, Blandford

St George’s School, Bourton

St. Mary the Virgin, Gillingham

The Blandford School

The Forum Centre, Blandford

Wyke Primary, Gillingham

Weymouth and Portland

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Secondary

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Schools

All Saints Church of England Academy

Atlantic Academy Portland

Beechcroft St Pauls Church of England School

Bincombe Valley Primary School and Community Nursery

Budmouth Academy

Chickerell Primary Academy

Conifers Primary School

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School and Community Nursery

Southill Primary School

St Andrews Church of England Primary School

St John’s Church of England Primary School

The Compass Learning Centre

Westfield Arts College

Wyke Regis Primary Federation (Infants)

Wyke Regis Primary Federation (Juniors)

Video Resource Book

Chapter 1: Back to Basics

A house needs foundations to stand up safely and so does your wellbeing. Returning to school? Watch this short video to find out how to make going back a little easier. The film includes advice on sleeping, healthy eating and exercise and the benefits of a settled schedule, rhythm and routine.

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter Two: Getting to school

Watch this short video to see how to make this a little easier. This video is mostly aimed towards primary aged young people, but many of the ideas could be useful for anyone! It includes advice on leaving the house, worries around using the school bus, as well as walking to school by yourself or with others. There is also a useful section around getting to school during the current COVID-19 period.

Bonus Video: Transitioning to Secondary School

Are you in year 6 and moving to Secondary School? We have created this video to help and reassure you about this move. We know that things have been difficult and that plans about moving schools have not happened in quite the same way as usual, so we hope this may help with what may happen.

Useful Information

Useful Links and Resources

http://www.Youngminds.org.uk Young Minds have a really useful website with support and advice

http://www.kooth.com Young people can sign up and access online counselling and moderated forums by qualified and registered health professionals

https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/school-nursing Information about the school nursing service and ChatHealth which is a text support service for young people between 11-19 and living in Dorset

https://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-services-hospitals/mental-health/discovery-project Information about the Discovery College. This includes links to podcasts, videos and worksheets. Its aimed at young people and their supporters.

 

For Professionals and Teaching Staff

Tips for Teachers KS1 and 2 - The MHST's have produced this leaflet with some tips for teachers who are working with Key Stages One and Two.

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/ This Site brings together quality assured resources to help Primary Schools to promote children's mental health and wellbeing. During Covid-19 they have been producing fortnightly curated tool kits.

https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/ The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families have a really useful section for schools and colleges. This includes links to 'mentally healthy schools', Corona Resources and 'schools in mind'

https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/services-for-schools/mental-health-resources-for-schools/return-to-school-resources/ Place 2 Be have put together a series of resources focused on community recovery, to help heads and school staff to bring their schools back together following the recent challenging times

https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/school-resources/supporting-your-pupils-during-the-pandemic/ Young Minds have also pulled together a number of resources to support schools to support their pupils through the current pandemic

https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Resilience%20and%20coping%20-%20supporting%20transitions%20back%20to%20school.pdf The British Psychological Society (BPS) have created this document -  'A resilience and coping framework for supporting transitions back to school'

 

 

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