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NHS Mental Health in Schools Programme

Children in East Lancashire to get support for mental health concerns in schools as part of NHS Mental Health in Schools programme

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently implementing NHS England’s new Mental Health in Schools (MHSTs) programme, which will roll out mental health support in schools to help both pupils and staff create an environment of mental wellbeing.

The CCG successfully bid for funding to create new Mental Health Support Teams in schools, as set out in the Children and Young People Mental Health Green Paper and Long-Term Plan for the NHS.

NHS England is leading the establishment of Mental Health Support Teams to develop models of early intervention for mild to moderate mental health issues and to support young people and school staff to identify potential signs of mental distress before they escalate.

Pupils struggling with mental health will benefit from more joined up care and support across schools and specialist NHS services, in a national roll out of the £9.3 million training scheme.

The CCG has been successful in obtaining funding for the third  wave of Government’s MHST programme to put four teams across East Lancs with two teams in primary schools across Burnley and Pendle and two teams in high schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Hyndburn and Rossendale College, Nelson and Colne College and special schools across Hyndburn, Rossendale and Ribblesdale.

The MHSTs will provide one to one and group therapy for children and young people presenting with emotional issues including anxiety and low level depression, give timely advice to school and college staff, as well as liaise with specialist services, to help children and young people to get the right support and stay in education.