Mental Health Support Team - Warrington

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​Who we are
Our Mental Health Support Team service will provide direct mental health support to 40 primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in 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.

Through the service, our eight educational mental health practitioners (EMHPs) 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.

Watch our animation which explains the service below:

Who is our service for?
The Mental Health Support Team service will initially be available for 40 local schools in Warrington. 

The plan is for this nationally-funded service to eventually be rolled-out to other schools and colleges in the borough. This is part of the Government’s plans to transform children and young people’s mental health services through the NHS Long Term Plan.

How to access our service
We are now accepting referrals from schools. If you work within one of the 40 schools involved with the programme, you can download the referral form to make a referral for one of your pupils.

Please bear in mind that the full service won’t be operational until September 2020. Any referrals you submit for your pupils between now and September will be for supervised practice with our trainee EMHPs.

This supervised practice will allow our EMHPs to spend time getting to know your school and pupils while they complete their training course. The full offer of support will available once the EMHPs have finished their training in September.

Related links
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Young Minds
Young Minds is leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

New mental health support in schools and colleges and faster access to NHS care 
Find out more about the national NHS England / NHS Improvement programme that is driving the establishment of mental health support teams in schools across the country.

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper
This green paper sets out the ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it.

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Contact us
Warrington Mental Health Support Team
Hollins Park Hospital
Hollins Lane

Tel: 01925 664 000