Changing Lives Service – Mental Health Support Teams (MHST)
What is the Changing Lives Service?
Changing Lives is a new NHS-led organisation, designed to work within schools promoting and improving the well-being and mental health of young people. The Mental Health Support Team (MHST) is split across four ‘centres of excellence’ across Derbyshire. Each MHST offers support/advice to an identified network of schools and colleges, each supporting a population of approximately 8,000 children and young people.
The service is for children/young people aged between 0-17 (over 18 and up to 25 years if the young person has SEND).
The main aims of the service are:
• To support the mental health lead in each education setting to introduce or develop their whole school approach.
• To deliver evidence-based interventions for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health conditions.
• To give timely advice to school staff, liaising with external services, to help children and young people to get the right help and stay in education.
• To provide information, training and support for parents/carers as part of a whole school approach.
These are some of the problems the MHST can help you with:
• Low mood
• Managing stress at school
• Simple phobias
• Sleep problems
• Panic attacks
• Behavioural and emotional problems
If you would like to know more about this Service, please visit the Changing Lives website:
https://changing-lives.drcs.org.uk/ or speak to Lynne Radlett, Pupil Wellbeing.