Mental Health Support Team
We provide a range of mental health services across Westminster schools and colleges. We are passionate about delivering support for young peoples’ mental health, raising awareness of mental health issues and challenging stigma.
We work in schools across Westminster, providing evidence based interventions to children and young people with mild to moderate mental health needs.
Our team consist of Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) and Child Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs).
Our support in primary schools
For children in primary school, the evidence base suggests that working with parents, with some contact with children, rather than working directly with the child is more effective for making changes and improvements in children’s mental health, wellbeing and behaviour.
We assess all referrals on an individual basis, however as a majority the interventions we offer to primary school children are done through parents/carers, so as to equip the parents/carers with supporting the children with their needs.
Aims of parenting support:
- Guided self-help aims to empower parents to develop the tools and skills necessary to help tackle the difficulties their child is experiencing as a family
- We work together with parents to develop coping strategies to manage their child’s distressing thoughts and increase resilience to future problems
- Empower parents to play an active part; reading materials before each session, practicing strategies at home and problem-solving with the practitioner’s support
Our Support in Secondary Schools
Our work in secondary schools provides support to young people who are experiencing mild to moderate levels of anxiety or low mood.
Our team try to provide support at the primary onset of difficulties in the hope that early intervention and learning could enable the child to better manage by themselves, preventing the need for further support when their condition has worsened.
Aims of our 1:1 support
- Our practitioners work with children and young people to provide guided self-help
- Guided self-help aims to empower children and young people to gain the tools and skills necessary to tackle difficulties themselves
- We work together with children and young people to develop coping strategies to manage distressing thoughts and increase resilience to future problems
- Children and young people will play an active part; read materials before each session, practice strategies and problem-solve with the practitioner’s support
If you are a young person, teacher or a commissioner, get in contact with us to find out how we can support you.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 020 7259 8100