In March 2021, the government announced £79 million to boost mental health support for children and young people in England. The new funding was part of the £500 million already announced for mental health support during the 2020 Spending Review. It will be used to expand the support available to children and young people, including increasing the number of MHSTs in schools and colleges and improving access and reducing waiting times for community mental health support.
Mental Health Support Team
MHSTs have three core functions:
- To deliver evidence-based interventions for mild-to-moderate mental health issues;
- Support the senior mental health lead (where established) in each school or college to introduce or develop whole school or college approach and;
- Give timely advise to school and college staff, and liaise with external specialist service to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education.
Our Mental Health Support Team has sent the following information:
We support children and young people with emerging, mild or moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting their day-to-day life. We help pupils on roll at selected schools in East Berkshire. Depending on the age of the child or young person, we'll either work directly with them or with their parents. We also work with school staff and offer support on different levels, with the aim of developing and supporting a whole school approach to mental health.
We can support pupils at Colnbrook Primary School with emerging, and mild to moderate mental health difficulties which may be affecting their day-to-day life.
We can help children and young people with:
a) Managing worries/anxiety
b) Low mood/depression
c) Problem Solving
d) Difficulties with Emotions
e) Sleep Hygiene
Evie Brooks- Trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioner
Below are links to websites to support the mental health of young people.
Frimley integrated Care System (ICS) have put together a communication campaign signposting to the local and national mental health support for children and young people. Please see the link below:
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD'S MENTAL HEALTH
If you are concerned about your child's well-being please speak to the class teacher. There is various support that we can offer in school.