Rise Mental Health in School Teams (MHSTs)

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What are the Rise Mental Health in Schools Teams (MHST)?

The Mental Health in Schools Team is a service that has been introduced as part of the national Trailblazer Project for children, young people and their families within the education setting. Working across Coventry and Warwickshire, we are here to provide low-intensity mental health interventions and support. The team consists of qualified and trainee Educational Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs), Specialist Mental Health Practitioners, a Team Leader and a Service Manager. Between us we have a wealth of experience of supporting children and young people with their mental health.



Download a leaflet: 

Rise Mental Health in Schools Team Leaflet.pdf [pdf] 730KB

Mental Health in Schools Teams - Leaflets for parents.pdf [pdf] 659KB


Sad girl How can Mental Health in Schools Teams help children and young people?

We work with schools to help deliver a ‘whole school approach’ to support positive emotional wellbeing and mental health. We can also work with children and young people in groups or on a one-to-one basis.

We can help you find ways to take care of your own mental wellbeing using a variety of evidence-based approaches, including low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which has proven to be successful.

What is CBT?

CBT looks at the difficulties a young person is experiencing, and is based upon the understanding that how we think, feel and behaviour is closely linked to understanding a young person’s difficulties. Understanding how these interact for the young person is important.  CBT helps the young person to develop a toolbox of strategies and new ways of coping with difficult situations.  

Girl gets support from Rise What does low intensity mean?

Low intensity means treatment that uses fewer resources. This means that sessions may be shorter or involve a smaller number of individual face-to-face or telephone sessions.

Offering low intensity treatment first means we are able to:

  • offer psychological help to more young people
  • offer psychological help more quickly
  • offer early intervention, before problems build up

Low intensity interventions are:

  • Often more convenient for the young people and families we support
  • Based on evidence of effectiveness
  • Based on a teaching skills model thus contributing to longer-term wellbeing


We also use different approaches to emotional wellbeing and these include sensory based strategies, mindfulness, practical ideas and creative problem solving to help a young person find what works for them in their context.

Our response to Covid-19

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought a time of uncertainty for us all. We understand that the mental health of our young people may be affected in different ways and in response to this we have increased the support we can offer.

In  Coventry and South Warwickshire certain schools have signed up to take part in this project (please see below). So please if you have any concerns or questions regarding young people’s mental health and wellbeing then get in touch.

No matter why or how you access rise we want you to receive the right support at the right time.

A journey with Rise is as unique as the person receiving support. So the support each person receives may be different.

Direct support you may receive from the Mental Health in Schools Team:

  • As an individual:  6 support sessions
  • As a class: group sessions

Outside of direct support  we will work closely with those who you spend the most time with, such as teachers, family, carers and friends.

How to contact us

Our contact method is through the Rise Navigation Hub: 0300 200 2021 – please ensure you ask for the MHST and they will take a message for us to contact you as soon as we are able to.

Other sources of Help

  1. CWmind.org.uk
  2. Healthforteens.co.uk
  3. Chat Health – Warwickshire text: 07507 331 949; Coventry text: 07507 331 949
  4. Supporting your child on exam results day.pdf [pdf] 918KB

school Coventry Schools working with Mental Health Support Teams:

  • Blue Coat Academy
  • Cardinal Wiseman Secondary School
  • Ernesford Grange Community Academy
  • Foxford Community School
  • Grace Academy
  • Lyng Hall School and Specialist Sports College
  • President Kennedy Secondary School
  • Sidney Stringer Academy
  • Stretton Secondary School
  • The Westwood Academy
  • West Coventry Academy Secondary School
  • Whitley Academy
  • Frederick Bird Primary School
  • Henley Green Primary School
  • Leigh Church of England Primary School
  • Little Heath Primary School
  • Moat House Primary School
  • Moseley Primary School
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School
  • Potters Green Primary School
  • Radford Primary School
  • Sidney Stringer Primary School
  • Spon Gate Primary School
  • St John's Church of England Primary School
  • St Laurence's Church of England Primary School
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School
  • Willenhall Primary School

South Warwickshire Schools working with Mental Health Support Teams:

  • Aylesford Secondary School
  • Alcester Academy
  • Campion Secondary School
  • Evergreen School
  • Kineton Secondary School
  • Myton Secondary School
  • North Leamington Secondary School
  • Southam College
  • Studley High School
  • Studley St Mary's Church Of England Academy
  • All Saints Church of England Junior School, Warwick
  • Aylesford Primary School
  • Bidford-on-Avon Primary School
  • Bishopton Primary School
  • Brailes Church of England School
  • Clapham Terrace Primary School
  • Coten End Primary School
  • Cubbington Church of England  Primary School
  • Emscote Infant School
  • Ettington Church of England Primary School
  • Evergreen School
  • Great Alne Primary School
  • Hampton Lucy Church of England Primary School
  • Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School
  • Kineton Chruch of England Primary School
  • Kingsway Community Primary School
  • Lapworth Church of England Primary School
  • Lighthorne Heath Primary School
  • Morton Morrell Primary School
  • Our Lady & St Teresa's Catholic Primary School
  • Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, Alcester
  • Shipston Primary School
  • Shottery St Andrew's Chruch of England Primary School
  • Southam Primary School
  • St. John's Primary School
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School
  • St Nicholas' Church of England School, Alcester
  • Studley Infant School
  • Sydenham Primary School
  • Temple Grafton Church of England Primary School
  • Temple Herdewyke Primary School
  • The Ferncumbe Church of England Primary School
  • Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
  • Tyso Church of England Primary School
  • Welford-on-Avon Primary School
  • Wellesbourne Church of  England Primary School
  • Westgate Primary School
  • Whitnash Primary School
  • Woodloes Primary School

North Warwickshire Schools working with Mental Health Support Teams:

  • Ash Green Secondary School
  • Coleshill Secondary School
  • Hartshill Secondary School
  • Kingsbury Secondary School
  • Nuneaton Academy Secondary School
  • Oak Wood Secondary School
  • Woodlands Special School
  • Chetwynd primary School
  • Goodyers End Primary School
  • Hurley Primary School
  • Kingsbury Primary School
  • Middlemarch Primary School
  • Newdigate Primary School
  • Oak Wood Primary School
  • Whitestone Primary School

Summary of situations EMHPs can/can not help with

EMHPs CAN work with


EMHPs MAY work with

(discretion and supervision)


EMHPs DO NOT work with

(Significant levels of need /complex conditions)

Low mood

Irritability as a symptom of depression, can present as anger

Anger management, chronic depression, relationship problems more suited to counselling.

Anxiety/Worry management

Low confidence, assertiveness or interpersonal challenges (e.g. with peers)

Low self-esteem, social anxiety disorder

Simple phobias/Separation anxiety


Short-term phobia exposure work

Extensive phobias e.g. Blood, needles, or vomit phobia

Sleep Hygiene


PTSD, trauma, nightmares

Assessing self-harm and supporting alternative coping strategies. Pupils with history of self-harm, but not active.

Thoughts of self-harm with no action. Superficial self-harm. Basic harm reduction techniques

Severe, active, high risk self- harm.

Problem Solving

Assessment of complex interpersonal challenges


Panic Management


Behaviour experiments

Behavioural difficulties (identification, and brief parenting support)


Conduct disorder, anger management, full parenting programmes (e.g. Triple P, Solihull Approach).

Training parents and teachers to support interventions with children


Treatment of parents’ depression and anxiety.

Thought challenging (negative automatic thoughts)




Mild/early onset Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder moderate to severe in nature


Children that are displaying rigid, ritualistic behaviour that may or may not be within a diagnosis of ASD

Moderate to severe attachment disorders. Assessment and diagnosis of developmental disorders and learning difficulties.



Pain management



Historical or current experiences of abuse or violence



Health anxiety






Eating disorders