|Mental Health Support Team (MHST)
The Mulberry Centre
Darlington Memorial Hospital
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
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
- We offer training, advice, support and consultations with school staff and other relevant professionals.
- We support mental health leads in each school in developing a whole school approach to children and young people’s mental health.
- 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:
- Low mood
- Social anxiety
- Separation anxiety
- Specific fears/phobias
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.
|Date last updated:||09/04/2021|