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, introduced as a pilot across the country, to provide an additional source of support.
MHST are working with 73 schools across Gloucestershire to tackle the challenges children and young people have told us they 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, 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.
If you want any more information about mental health and other resources available within Gloucestershire, please go to the On Your Mind Gloucestershire website https://www.onyourmindglos.nhs.uk/
The school’s Designated Mental Health Lead (DMHL) are in regular contact with the Mental Health Support Team