Wellbeing in mind service – Information for parents and carers of children moving up to secondary school in North Yorkshire

Contact:

TEWV.wellbeinginmind@nhs.net

 

Who we are

We are a team of NHS staff working in your child’s secondary school. We offer support to students experiencing difficulties with their emotional and mental wellbeing, including low mood and anxiety.

We also help those whose behaviours are causing them problems and work with other services to make sure everyone can access the most appropriate help and support.

The wellbeing in mind team is made up of NHS professionals including senior clinicians, higher level therapists and educational mental health practitioners.

 

What we do

We provide advice, support and training to school staff on wellbeing issues; forming a link between the school and other services supporting your child.

We also provide direct support for young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties within the school environment.

 

Why our service is important

Transition from primary school to secondary school is a very important time in a child’s life and can have an impact on their mental wellbeing.

Poor emotional and psychological well-being can have a negative impact on many areas of a young personal life including relationships they form, their academic achievement and their home life. Having the right support available in school helps to make sure problems are picked up at the earliest opportunity and young people receive the right help, more quickly; lessening the impact mental health difficulties can have both now and in the future.

It also helps teachers and other staff to better support children in school and helps to create a healthy environment where young people are encouraged to consider their emotional wellbeing and that of others.

 

How to access our help

Young people are able to access help from the team via their school.

Initially the team will provide advice to school staff however sometimes we may feel direct support is needed. In this instance we will meet with the young person to carry out an assessment.

If you are concerned about your child’s mental wellbeing we would encourage you to speak with your child’s school.

 

Self-help

We recommend the Anna Freud ‘Top Tips to Feeling Good’ as a way to support your child in prioritising their mental wellbeing. You can find more information about this at https://www.annafreud.org/media/3194/year7_help4pupils.pdf

 

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Contact

Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

The Mulberry Centre

Rowan Building

Darlington Memorial Hospital

Hollyhurst Road

Darlington

DL3 6HX

 

Email: tewv.mhstdarlington@nhs.net

Tel: 07500 799524

Opening hours: 9am-5pm (some appointments are available outside of these hours)

About the team

The Darlington mental health support team (MHST) provide early intervention for children and young people (CYP) in schools who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties. We also work with staff within schools to help provide a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing and act as a link between schools and local CYP mental health services.

Meet the team

 

Background

In December 2017 a new government policy outlined the creation of mental health support teams which would work with children, young people and staff members in all education settings. This was part of the Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision green paper. The Darlington mental health support team is part of the most recent wave of this national roll out.

The role of MHST

  1. We offer training, advice, support and consultations with school staff and other relevant professionals.
  2. We support mental health leads in each school in developing a whole school approach to children and young people’s mental health.
  3. We deliver individual and group evidence based interventions focusing on the mild to moderate mental health needs of children and young people at the key transition point between primary and secondary education, currently covering years 4 to 8.

Whole school approach

The MHST offers support based on a Whole School Approach which means we will help school Mental Health Leads to develop strategies, policies and wider support across the whole school to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and staff.

The 8 Principles of the Whole School Approach:

Evidence based interventions

The MHST also delivers evidence based interventions for individuals and groups who are identified as struggling with specific mild to moderate mental health difficulties. These interventions are based on Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (LI CBT) which works on the understanding that our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are linked together and that we can get stuck in a vicious cycle which is unhelpful and difficult to break out of.

The MHST can help children and young people to break this vicious cycle by offering support for those who are experiencing symptoms of:

Transition years

It has been identified that children and young people between years 4 and 8 are in the key transition years between primary and secondary school and that this is a key time where mental health support is particularly beneficial. The MHST are therefore currently offering targeted support for these key transition year groups.

 

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What is a care plan?

The Trust believes collaboration is essential to recovery focused care planning, therefore service users and their carers or family members are as important in this process as the mental health team that supports them.

A care plan is a jointly agreed, written plan between you and your care co-ordinator or lead professional which outlines your assessed needs, any risks to yourself or others, personal goals and progress towards your recovery.

Your care plan should:

Your involvement in your care plan:

 Your family members, carers and supporters:

 Staff:

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Kooth (www.kooth.com) gives young people instant access to emotional and wellbeing advice and support whenever and whenever they need it. It incorporates self-help articles and online tools such as a mood tracker, as well as professional online therapy and moderated peer-to-peer forums.

The Kooth service is commissioned by the Trust as part of our commitment to provide early mental health guidance and support through digital provision.

The service is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and provides a safe environment where young people can chat anonymously and in confidence with qualified counsellors, who are online from 12-noon until 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm, 365 days a year.

Young people can register on Kooth without having to provide personal details such as their name or address. It provides a safe and non-judgemental place for them to talk, connect and chat with others and know they are not alone.

Contact us

Ward/service/team name Teesside listening service
Telephone 0800 0516 171 option 3 then 3
Service opening hours 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Lead contact name Jane O’Neil

 

About us

The listening service in Teesside provides emotional support for local people in mental distress. .

The service is a space for you to talk about whatever is troubling you. Calls can be made anonymously and are not time limited.

 

Who we support

Anyone who lives in Teesside can call us. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or whether you receive trust services. The phone line is for everyone.

We also offer support to those who maybe struggling to care for someone with mental health needs.

 

Who we are

Your calls will be answered by trained mental health support workers in Teesside. If you need more immediate mental health care attention we will forward your call to a clinical nurse.

 

What we do

We will listen to what you say and offer empathic, validating and non-judgemental support.

If you would like us to, we can put you in contact with other local services who may be able to help you, for example organisations offering support with housing, finances or substance misuse.

 

Why we do it

We want to offer you an alternative to crisis services.

Often talking to someone is enough to help people feel better able to cope during periods of distress and further input is not needed.

We also want to help you address some of the underlying issues which may be impacting your wellbeing. Our knowledge of local services enables us to put you in contact with the right people to help you solve other problems you might be having in your life.

 

Helpful resources

The trust’s Recovery College Online have a wealth of information, resources and free online courses which can support your recovery. Visit https://www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/.

 

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Dragon Parade Clinic
2 Dragon Parade
Harrogate
Phone: 01423 726900

Orca House
Osbaldwick Link Road
York
YO10 3JB
Phone: 01904 615300

North Moor House
North Moor Road
Northallerton
North Yorkshire
DL6 2FG
Phone: 01609 718810

Lake House
20 Manor Court
Scarborough Business Park
Eastfield
Scarborough
YO11 3TU
Phone: 01723 346000

Children and young people’s mental health services

Children and young people’s mental health services (CYPMHS) support young people with their mental and emotional wellbeing; this often also includes supporting families. Within CYPMHS, the community eating disorders team are specialists who can help young people with eating disorders.

What is an eating disorder?

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses. Anyone, no matter what their age, gender or background, can develop one. Some examples of eating disorders include bulimia, binge eating disorder and anorexia. It is important to recognise that there is no single cause and it is nobody’s fault if it happens.

What to expect from the community eating disorders team

The eating disorders team includes a variety of different professionals, including CAMHS practitioners, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, family therapists and doctors. This is called a multi-disciplinary team who work together to support young people and their family.

Eating disorder clinicians within our team will meet with you and your family member(s) to discuss what you have been going through and how this has impacted on you and your family.

Following your initial assessment, we will meet with our wider team to consider together whether our service is needed and, if so, which is the best way we can support you. In the feedback session, we will share our thoughts with you and together agree and develop an initial plan of care.

Treatments offered

Within our service, we would normally consider a family based treatment approach for all types of eating disorders, as there is evidence to suggest that this is most successful.

The family based approach to treatment is there to help families develop new skills in supporting a young person to recover from an eating disorder as we recognize that families are a valuable resource.

In the initial stages of treatment, the focus is usually on families working together. This may include appointments when the whole family is seen together, sessions for parents, peer support groups and group work with other families. As you recover, the treatment may change to more individual work.

As an eating disorders service, we will always consider the physical effects an eating disorder is having on a young person as well as the psychological effects. In the early stages, it is very important that physical health needs are addressed as it is a very important part of the recovery process.

Useful resources

As a parent/carer of a child/young adult struggling with eating difficulties, it can be overwhelming and difficult to know how to manage.  As well as seeking support from CYPMHS, it can be helpful to do some reading around the subject. The following are resources that parents and carers of young people with eating disorders have found useful.

Websites

Eva Musby: www.anorexiafamily.com (includes links to videos and audio guidance)

Maudsley Parents: www.maudsleyparents.org (includes useful information for parents/carers)

B.E.A.T The UK’s Eating Disorders Charity  www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Books

Helping your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder by James Lock and Daniel Le Grange

Skills Based Caring for a Loved One with an Eating Disorder by Janet Treasure and Grainne Smith

Anorexia and other Eating Disorders by Eva Musby

Facebook

ATDTfb – A Group for Caregivers – this is a Facebook group offering peer support and advice for carers. This group is not run or moderated by TEWV.

Apps

Headspace – an app for mindfulness meditation

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Contact us

Email tewv.wellbeinginmind@nhs.net
Service opening hours Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

Who we are

We are a team of NHS staff, working in schools to offer support to students experiencing common emotional wellbeing difficulties.

 

What we do

We provide care and interventions for young people including support for difficulties including:

We also provide advice and training on mental wellbeing issues to school and college staff, helping them to support you.

We also work closely with other services so that those with more complex problems can get the right help, from the right people, more quickly.

Why we do it

Difficulties you experience in your child and teenage years can affect things like your work, friendships and home life. Having the right support available when and where you need it can help to lessen the impact difficulties like stress or anxiety have on you; both now and in the future.

Who’s who

The wellbeing in mind team is made up of NHS professionals including senior clinicians, higher-level therapists and education mental health practitioner trainees (EMHPs).

Getting help

If you are concerned about your emotional or mental wellbeing please speak to a member of school or college staff as soon as possible. They will be able to help you get the right support and can refer you to our team if this is needed.

Next steps

Once your teacher or a member of the school/college pastoral team have contacted us, we will ask them about the difficulties you are having. Usually we will give them advice on how best to support you.

Sometimes we may want to talk to you to find out more about the challenges you are experiencing.

If you are under the age of 14 we will need to ask permission to do this from your parents or carers.

Do my parents/carers need to know?

If you are under 14 years old, we will need permission from your parent/carer to meet with you. If you are over 14 years old and we think you have the capacity to consent, it’s up to you – capacity means you understand what you are agreeing to.

We would always prefer parents and carers to know about our involvement with you but if you don’t want them to, that is your right and it will not stop you from getting our help.

Online support

Kooth
Kooth from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.
https://www.kooth.com/

Give us a shout
24/7 online emotional health support and crisis counselling.
https://www.giveusashout.org/

Helpful information

Recovery College Online
Online course and wellbeing resources for children and young people.
https://www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/young-people/

Young Minds
Information for young people about emotional and mental health issues.
www.youngminds.org.uk

ChildLine
Free and confidential telephone support service for children and young people.
www.childline.org.uk
Tel. 0800 1111

Connexions
Information and advice for young people aged 13 to 19.
www.connexions-direct.com

Choosing what’s best for you
Information about different treatments.
www.annafreud.org.ebpu.

 

 

 

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Contact us

Email tewv.wellbeinginmind@nhs.net
Service opening hours. Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

 

Who we are

We are a team of NHS staff working in your child’s school or college.  We offer support to students experiencing difficulties with their emotional and mental wellbeing, including low mood and anxiety. We also help those whose behaviours are causing them problems and work with other services to make sure everyone can access the most appropriate help and support.

What we do

We provide advice, support and training to school and college staff on wellbeing issues; forming a link between the school and other services supporting your child.

We also provide direct support for young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties within the school or college environment. This may include offering things like:

Where needed, we can support people to access other services for additional help.

Why we do it

Poor emotional and psychological well-being can have a negative impact on many areas of a young person’s life including the relationships they form, their academic achievement and their home life.

Having the right support available in schools and colleges helps to make sure problems are picked up at the earliest opportunity and young people are able to receive the right help, more quickly; lessening the impact mental wellbeing difficulties can have both now and in the future.

It also helps teachers and other staff to better support children in school/college and supports a healthy environment where young people are encouraged to consider their emotional wellbeing and that of others.

Who’s who

The wellbeing in mind team is made up of NHS professionals including senior clinicians, higher-level therapists and education mental health practitioner trainees (EMHPs). A set team of staff will work within your child’s school/college as members of the faculty, helping to ensure continuity of care.

Getting help

Young people are able to access help from the team via school/college staff.

If you are concerned about your child’s mental wellbeing we would encourage you to speak to your child’s school/college which will be able to arrange any necessary referral with us.

Next steps

Initially the team will provide advice to school and college staff. However, sometimes we may feel direct support is needed. In this instance we will meet with the young person to carry out an assessment. Consent will usually be requested from parents or carers of those under the age of 14.

Parental consent

If we feel that a young person is capable of providing informed consent, then we may become involved without you knowing. This would generally apply to students over the age of 14.

Online support for young people

Online mental health support is also available for young people from the following platforms.

Kooth
Kooth from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people.
https://www.kooth.com/

Give us a shout
24/7 online emotional health support and crisis counselling. https://www.giveusashout.org/

Recovery College Online
Online course and wellbeing resources for children and young people.
https://www.recoverycollegeonline.co.uk/young-people/

Young Minds
Information for young people about emotional and mental health issues. www.youngminds.org.uk

Choosing what’s best for you
Information about different treatments.
www.annafreud.org.ebpu

 

 

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What is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is a therapy that can help you to overcome problems to do with low mood and/or anxiety.

Many young people struggle with their mental health sometimes and there is lots of evidence and research that shows CBT helps young people to feel better. We therefore use CBT to help because we know that it can work.

How does CBT work? Image explaining thoughts feelings and behaviours cycle

CBT works on the idea that your thoughts, feelings and behaviours (what you do) are all linked together and all have an impact on each other.

When you are feeling anxious and / or low in mood, you can get stuck in a cycle of negative or unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

By using CBT, we can help you to break that cycle and help you to change your thoughts and behaviours so that you start to feel better.

CBT can be used to help young people struggling with some of the following problems:

What should I expect?

CBT sessions usually happen once a week:

It is really important in CBT to practice your new skills at home (your therapist will help you set tasks in order to do this in between your sessions).

Your therapist will help you to challenge and change your negative thoughts as well as unhelpful behaviours.

All of these things aim to help you feel better.

Accessing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

If you are not already accessing cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) you can get more information about making a referral by contacting your local CAMHS team.

You can also do this by making an appointment with your GP.

Helpful contacts and information

Telephone

Apps (recommended by NHS on the website)

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Baysdale
Roseberry Park
Marton Road
Middlesbrough
TS4 3AF

Tel: 01642 837308

Email: tewv.baysdale@nhs.net

Getting to Roseberry Park

More information about Roseberry Park is here. 

About the service

Baysdale provides short break respite care to children and young people with learning disabilities and associated healthcare needs. The service covers Teesside, both north and south of the Tees, and the length of the respite can vary, according to the individual needs of the young person and their carers.

Treatment and therapies are offered on an individual person-centred basis.

Staff are trained to care for children with complex physical health needs such as gastrostomy feeding, as well as providing a stable and predictable environment for young people on the autism spectrum and those with ADHD.

Some staff are trained in Sleep Scotland methods and the team has seen success with numerous young people referred for disturbed sleep patterns.

Participation in behavioural observations, as part of an overall challenging behaviour assessment is also offered.

The Baysdale team

The short breaks service team, part of the child and adolescent mental health service, is a multi-disciplinary team which includes:

How to access the service

Referrals to the service can come from professionals involved with children not currently using the service, carers, GPs or advocates.

Once a referral is received, the referral will be allocated to one of the staff nurses, who will contact the parent/carer to arrange a visit to assess whether the child meets the admission criteria.

Once the child is accepted for the service the staff nurse will do a comprehensive assessment of the child’s abilities and needs. From this assessment, a care plan and intervention plans will be formulated.

The care plan and intervention plans will provide the directions to the staff on how to care for and support the child during their time in the service. The staff nurse who formulates the care and intervention plans, will be the named nurse for the child. This means that they will be the first point of reference for the parents/carers, and will be the person who updates any information which changes for the child.

About Baysdale unit

Bedrooms

Baysdale has 6 bedrooms, 5 of which have beds with some degree of profiling functionality. Each bedroom has an en-suite shower room, storage space for personal belongings and a notice board for displaying photographs or artwork the child may have brought with them or created during their stay. Each bedroom has a TV aerial socket, an electric shaver socket in the en-suite and a wall mounted bedside light.

Lounge/sitting rooms

There are two sitting rooms, each of which has a television and open onto the  large enclosed garden, which provides a safe environment for activities.

Bathrooms

There is an assisted shower room with a wheeled shower bed and safety flooring, and a bathroom with a standard fixed bath.

Activities

In the centre of the main communal area there is a spacious play/activity room which can be used for one to one or group sessions. There are portable DVD players, CD/radios, a wide range of toys and books available for use by the young people who use the service.

Children and young people are encouraged to participate in recreational activities according to their preferences and needs. Examples of activities include hair and beauty sessions, ball games, musical interactive games, social outings in the unit vehicle or walks to the local amenities.

Many of the young people who currently use the service bring favourite toys, DVDs or games with them, which they use during their stay.

Dining area and kitchen

The dining room is located next to the galley style kitchen which has all of the usual appliances. The dining room is used for basic cookery sessions, activity sessions as well as meetings.

Mealtimes vary, but the evening meal tends to be served between 4pm and 6pm. On school mornings, breakfast will be served anytime from 7am onwards and on the weekend or during school holidays, breakfast can be taken a little later for those young people who like a lie-in.

Visiting times

Parents and carers are free to visit whenever they wish during their child’s stay, as there are no set visiting times. It is however, advisable to telephone in advance in case the child concerned has gone out with one of the staff.

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