World Mental Health Day: Tackling Mental Health Problems for Children and Young People
Mind in Brent, Wandsworth and Westminster takes action to address the growing issue of mental health problems among children and young people.
We are delighted to announce that in partnership with Central London CCG and Westminster City Council, we are shortly launching a new service that puts Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) directly in to schools. Service Lead, Nada Calovska said, ‘At at time when 3 children in every class of 30 has a diagnosable mental health problem, the service could not be more needed, or more timely.’
Starting later this month, the MHSTs will work with children as young as 5 years old across a range of primary, secondary and special schools, as well as alternative education provision, sixth form colleges and further education for young people. Each team will employ specially trained staff members who are trained to support children and young people with low to moderate mental health and well-being issues. The work will include group work and guided self-help.
This ground-breaking service, part of the national Trailblazers programme, has been conceived and funded as a direct result of Children and Young People’s Mental Health green paper. To find out more about the national programme visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/cyp/trailblazers/